Logan Canyon, UT
Large Rock Cliff Formation, mountains, a large spring, Riverwalk
4.31 Miles Roundtrip
1336 feet total gain
Yes but large exposed cliffs mean you may want to keep your pets home for this one
Lots in the beginning and ending portions of the hike
Spring, Summer, Fall
Lots of shade in the beginning and ending third of the hike, full exposure for the middle third
Well traveled singletrack
At the mouth of Logan Canyon
The Crimson Trail is a really great and easily accessible hike in the beginning of Logan Canyon. The trail follows the top of the China Wall formation that is seen through much of Logan Canyon. The trail head is in the Spring Hollow Campground. If there isn’t any parking available there is lots of space on the north side of the highway. The small parking lot is often full of people fishing at Third Dam. The Crimson trail is good for several reasons. It is low in elevation which makes it a great early spring hike when others are still under snow. There is enough shade that it can be fun in summer. In the fall this trail has amazing fall colors typical of Logan Canyon that takes a back seat to nowhere in the fall colors. There is a good variety of things on this trail including a large spring, forest, and huge cliffs. The trail starts just after the last large group site in the campground.
The first little bit of this trail follows the Spring Hollow stream and there is a very short side trail that will show you the actual spring itself which in early summer is very large.
Shortly after the water ends you will come to a fork with a sign pointing you to the left to start the ascent for this trail.
The trail climbs steadily here but uses lots of switchbacks making it much easier.
There are pretty views of the heavily forested south side of the canyon.
There are several areas in the trees to escape the sun for a good drink break.
You will soon get your first view of the China Wall formation that most of the hike consists of.
The views across the canyon are spectacular. If you look very closely you can see the Wind Caves in the right center that I have done a separate trek on and are another great hike. http://thetrekplanner.com/wind-cave-trail-logan-canyon/
You will soon be on top of the China Wall and this is a really nice area to hike and enjoy the 60-80 foot cliffs for lots of the hike. Once at this point most of your elevation gain is over with so its a really relaxing time. In places the trail gets very close to the wall so keep a close eye on kids and pets.
Across the canyon you can see Beirdneau Peak watching over you most of the hike. It is a fairly prominent mountain that is a good destination itself.
Continue along the China Wall and see if you can spot rock chucks far below you.
If you look up the Logan Canyon you can see the road winding along the river and you can see Temple Peak which is a huge flat topped mountain that once provided most of the timber to build the Logan Temple and other historic buildings.
As you come to the end of the cliffs there are a few fun areas to climb around on and take a good rest.
The trail skirts the last bit of the wall before descending very steeply and quickly.
Once off the wall the trail is in forest for much of the remainder of the hike.
You go down until you meet the Logan River. Once at the river you follow the River Nature Trail back to the parking lot.
Just as you reach the campground you can walk to the stream and see a small 6 foot waterfall that is worth the 30 second detour.
This is a great hike that is fun several parts of the year and gives you more terrain varieties than most hikes. Its hard enough to be a decent workout but easy enough for families.