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Green Canyon Way Trail is 3.3 miles long as it winds its way up to Hunchback Ridge and the Hunchback Trail.

Within the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, the Green Canyon Way Trail offers several views of the Salmon River drainage and the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness as it works its way up Hunchback Ridge. Steep rocky areas and forests made up of a variety of trees will enchant those looking for this type of forest experience. Due to its forests, this trail offers an opportunity for a cool summer hike.

A 15.3 mile loop is available for the hardy backpacker or day hiker by hiking the Salmon River Trail #742 to the Kinzel Lake Trail #665. Camping is available in the Kinzel Lake area. The last water you are likely to find is about 0.8 miles above the Salmon River Trail on the Kinzel Lake Trail. From this point, hikers will follow the Hunchback Trail #793 to Green Canyon Trail #793A (about 3.7 miles).

A 9.6 mile hike is possible if a shuttle can be arranged between Zigzag Ranger Station and the Green Canyon Way trailhead. Take the Green Canyon Way Trail to the Hunchback Trail and head north to the Zigzag Ranger Station. This route allows for some spectacular views, relatively quick access to Hunchback Ridge and good roads to both ends of the hike.

Directions: From Sandy, Travel east on Highway 26 for 17.9 miles. Turn left (south) onto Salmon River Road #2618 and follow it for about five miles to the trailhead which is signed. Parking is available at the Salmon River Trailhead, less than a quarter mile south of the Green Canyon Way trailhead.

Distance: 3.3 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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