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Lower Canyon Trail - North

Intermediate
 2.0 (2)

This is a sandfest, but the scenery is great. Bring your fattest tires!


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Singletrack

2,464' 751 m

High

2,285' 697 m

Low

213' 65 m

Up

40' 12 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

  • The unmapped middle portion of the Lower Canyon Trail between the Lower Canyon Trail - North and Wild Horse Trail is closed to bikes.
  • Bison range freely throughout the park so you might encounter them on any of the trails. Keep at least 50 yards from them to avoid being charged (by the bison or the park police).

Description

This trail runs through the valley of the North Prong of the Little Red River and is 3-4 feet wide its entire length. It crosses the "river" half a dozen times and the trail runs directly through the river bed for a couple hundred feet in a couple of places. The "river" was dry when I rode it, but you wouldn't want to ride it if there was any chance of a flash flood.

This trail is extremely sandy and it will be difficult to ride with "normal" tires. The short little ascents/descents down into the river bed are particularly sandy. Having said all that, I was about to ride about 90% of it with "normal" tires, but it was slow going with each pedal stroke being two steps forward and one step back. Fat tires that would help you float over the sand would make this a fun ride.

At about 2.0 miles, you'll leave the river bed and after a short climb, you'll crest a hill and an awesome view of the red rock canyons to the west opens up. The path also becomes less sandy at this point, so you can make better progress.

Access to this trail is either from the east (Wild Horse Trail) or the west (Canyon Loop Trail). Note that the center section of Lower Canyon Trail west of the intersection with Wild Horse Trail is closed to bikes.

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