Chimney Park / Horse Flat Trail (010)
ElevationAscent: 2,137' 651 m
Descent: -76' -23 m
High: 8,425' 2,568 m
Low: 6,364' 1,940 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A long run from the canyon floor that ends with a steep climb at the top.”— Eric Ashley
• There is no source of water on this run. Carry plenty of water for each member of your party.
• Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
From the bottom, follow the sandy road as it switchbacks away from South Cottonwood Road (106). As you pass below an early outcropping, a beautiful view briefly opens into the steep white canyon to the west. Settle in for a steady and moderate climb at the one mile mark before the trail levels out for a few miles of rolling elevation.
This reprieve ends as the trail rounds a low ridgeline and starts to climb in earnest. The next mile is a sustained, steep climb up another ridgeline. The surrounding vegetation does get greener as you gain elevation, and your chances of catching some shade improve as well. Make sure to take a look over your shoulder as you go, the vista below is quite nice.
The climbing doesn't stop, but it does back off for a short section before making another steep, non-stop climb to the end of the trail where this route connects to an unnamed Forest Service Road.
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