Hammond Canyon (012)
ElevationAscent: 55' 17 m
Descent: -2,194' -669 m
High: 8,209' 2,502 m
Low: 6,064' 1,848 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A stunning canyon-bottom journey through Hammond Canyon.”— Tom Robson
Continue down this tight, somewhat elusive trail as it finally reaches the Hammond Canyon Creek. From here, the trail meanders along and around the creekbed, slowly falling in elevation. In some of these sections, you'll be surrounded by thick horsetail reeds as well as dense manzanita shrubs. Don't forget to look up, however, as the towering sandstone pillars should be coming into view now.
Eventually, the trail reaches a double waterfall (which must be stunning in Spring). This proves a good resting point or a place to eat lunch.
From here, the trail continues east. If you have time, be sure not to miss Three Finger Ruin! We didn't have time to see it, but it's supposed to be amazingly well-preserved. I've noted its location as an information symbol on the map.
The trail eventually reaches an intersection with Cream Pots Trail (005) and Posey Canyon Trail (166).
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Land Manager: USFS - Manti-La Sal National Forest Office