Woodenshoe Trail (165)
ElevationAscent: 35' 11 m
Descent: -2,265' -690 m
High: 8,047' 2,453 m
Low: 5,817' 1,773 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A gradual descent below dramatic canyon walls and past ruins.”— Eric Ashley
Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
Ahead, the trail makes its way to the bottom of the canyon floor through a section of low cliffs. The forest is dense here and makes for a pleasantly shady experience. As the trail turns to the northwest (left), look behind you to enjoy the view down Cherry Canyon. The nearby ruin is well worth checking out, and is also a good turnaround spot for a shorter out-and-back.
From here, the trail begins to follow a low depression around a stream bed as it travels through the wide canyon floor. Above, towering sandstone cliffs present a dramatic backdrop on either side. As the depression widens, the trail more frequently cuts between turns in the stream bed.
Before the 10-mile mark, a small scramble brings runners along a narrow limestone ledge following the contours of the canyon. At 12.8 miles, a perennial stream flows along the canyon bottom, adding to the appeal of nearby campsites. The Dark Canyon West Trail (006) is reached after a few more miles of gentle descending.
Land Manager: USFS - Manti-La Sal National Forest
May 15, 2019: Fuelwood permits go on sale at Forest Service
May 6, 2019: Forest Service to begin wood permit sales