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The trail begins in Mazie Canyon amid ponderosa and white fir, but soon enters a stand of aspen. This is one of the most colorful areas in the summer when the wildflowers are blooming and the butterflies are all about. In the winter it is a major avalanche path where only aspen and brush survive the repeated snowslides. About halfway up the trail is a waterfall just off the trail to the left. There is a short, old road leading to it. Although three falls flow down early in the season, there is usually only a trickle by the end of the summer. As the trail ascends out of the canyon toward the back of Cathedral Rock one gets a view of the avalanche chute below. When the trail reaches the saddle keep to the right. The trail climbs a few short, steep switchbacks before reaching the summit. On top is a spectacular view of Kyle Canyon several hundred feet below. Closely supervise small children and watch your footing. As you descend, please stay on the trail. The vertical cliffs below are dangerous and have claimed lives.

Directions: From Upper Kyle Canyon, Take State Highway 157 to Cathedral Rock picnic area. The trailhead is located near the first parking lot as one enters the picnic area. The entrance gate is open 8 AM to 8 PM in the summer.

Elevation: 7,600 feet

Ending Elevation: 8,600 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Usage: Moderate to Heavy

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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