The Spring Canyon Trail follows the bottom of the Spring Canyon drainage to top out high above Skull Valley. The trail is in need of some work in some places. The Spring Canyon Trail offers panoramic views of the
surrounding deserts and mountain ranges. This route has been maintained as a primitive trail.
The trail is not in the best of conditions, but for the hiker who enjoys getting away from the regular hiking public, it is a good one for a trip that lets you see new and varied country. The trail starts in the pinion-juniper area around 5,700 feet elevation, climbing to near 10,000 on the west face of the Stansbury Range. It's truly a beautiful canyon and one the public has not yet discovered.
Following basically the bottom of Spring Canyon, the trail works its way up the drainage to top out high above Skull Valley. Many different types of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees make up the plant life you will encounter along its stretches. This can be a warm hike so be sure to take ample water for there is none located in the upper stretches of the canyon. Wildlife can be varied and interesting ranging from a small herd of wild horses to coyotes, deer, mountain lion, rattlesnakes, golden eagle, an occasional bald eagle, several species of hawks, owls, cottontail, rabbit,
turkey vulture, plus ample bird life of several varieties.
The trail in some stretches is in need of work, but the additional efforts in traversing this trail is well worth it for the country and views you will encounter. It's a trail you can spend many hours on looking for wildlife and various views so plan for additional time. In the fall, this area is one of great beauty. Along with the panoramic views of the surrounding deserts and mountain ranges, one who enjoys serious hiking should consider it.
Dogs and horses are allowed in the Stansbury Mountain Range. Please keep your dog leashed at all times at all developed areas and parking lots.
Directions: From Salt Lake City, Access #1: Head west on I-80 and exit at Rowley Junction heading south on the Skull Valley Road, about 2 miles past Losepa turn east (left) onto Pass Canyon Road. Head straight east. At all major junctions take the right fork. Road will end just past Forest Service boundary where trailhead is located. Trail heads southeast of road. Access #2: Via Deseret Peak - Vickory Trail. From the end of the South Willow Canyon Road at the trailhead, take the Mill Fork Road to the junction of the Dry Lake Trail and follow it about 1 mile to the junction with the Spring Canyon Trail. The Spring Canyon Trail heads off northwest from the junction.
Elevation: 5,680 feet
Ending Elevation: 9,680 feet
Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Distance: 4.6 miles
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