Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon

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Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The Crimson Trail (originally called the China Wall Trail) is located in Logan Canyon, and was referred to as such because of the long wall-like formation that lines both sides of Logan Canyon. The wall itself is mainly composed of limestone and quartzite, and offers a few challenging climbs for rock climbers. What attracts hikers to the Crimson Wall is its gorgeous views of Logan Canyon. The best time to hike this trail is in Summer or Fall when the snow is gone and the trail is dry. The trail is mainly north-facing, and therefore the snow and ice remains well into Spring. 

Use this map, if driving from SLC.

 In Logan, head East on 400 N for 6.5 miles. Park at the Spring Hollow Campground.

Distance: 4.1 miles (loop)
Elevation gain: 1,095 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? Dogs must be leashed in the campground, but are allowed off leash once you reach the bridge.
Kid friendly? No
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The parking lot gets full quickly, espeically on weekends. Make sure you arrive by 10am to grab a spot. Start by walking up the main campground road (behind the closed sign).
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Stay straight for the Crimson Trail.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Oops, we followed the wrong road and had to cut through the large picnic area.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Look at these PAWsome trail pups! Ready to hike. 

From left to right: Polly & Mac (both springer spaniels, not from the same litter!), Charlie (my golden lab), and Mama (mutt).

You'll reach the bridge, and dogs can now technically be off leash. 
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Keep an eye out for the sign on the left (North) side of the trail. If you continue straight, you won't be hiking on the right trail.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The trail gradually gains elevation through this rock slide.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The wind was breezy on this day, so I had all my layers on, plus my gloves, and Polar Tech Fleece Headband from FitnessFox. These headbands are the best for cold weather hiking because they keep your ears warm yet allows the heat to escape your head so you don't overheat.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
You'll hike up a few steep switchbacks. This will be the hardest part of the hike.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Eventually the trail flattens out and you can now enjoy the views!
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Beware of the cliffs - they are sheer drop offs. This is the main reason I wouldn't recommend taking kids on this trail. They could easily slip and fall.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Charlie looks suspicious...
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The clouds were getting darker as the day continued, so we tried to pick up the pace. It sure made for some nice photos, but it did flurry on and off all morning.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
Along the trail there are several overlooks you can stop at and take in the view of Logan Canyon.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
To get back down, the trail drops down a small canyon area and the trail is once again steep switchbacks. This time you'll hike through a very nice forested area with plenty of shade. You'll also hike along the base of the china/crimson wall.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The terrain opens up and you should have a nice view again. The switchbacks here seem even steeper. Trekking poles are really helpful for these sections.
Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The trail reaches the base of the canyon and you will hike along the Logan River back to your starting point at the parking lot.

You can hike the loop in either direction, but we chose counter-clockwise.


Trail map for the Crimson Trail




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