Summary: A pleasant hike through the forest with some obstructed red rock views.
Challenge Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: Approximately 3 1/2 miles each way, 7 miles total; but you can hike further if you want
Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), proceed west on SR 89A three miles and make a right turn on Dry Creek Road. Follow Dry Creek Road to the end (about 3 miles). Turn right on Long Canyon Road and proceed 0.6 miles to the parking area on the left.
Description: This is a nice 7 mile round trip moderate hike through a forest with red rock views. The first 3/4 mile is not shaded and can be very hot in the summer. But once you are in the forest, the shade helps offset the summer heat. With all the growth, it's sometimes difficult to take the photo you want to. You intersect the Deadman Pass trail head about 1 mile in. We hike Long Canyon about 3 .5 miles but you can go further. The trail becomes steeper, however.
Here are photos and a video from our September 2010 hike
And photos from our February 2011 hike
Here are photos by David Butler
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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