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Woodenshoe Trail (165)

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

A gradual descent below dramatic canyon walls and past ruins.


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Map Key

15.4

Miles

24.8

KM

Point to Point

8,047' 2,453 m

High

5,817' 1,773 m

Low

35' 11 m

Up

2,265' 690 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don’t move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.

Description

From a small clearing off of FS Road 340, the Woodenshoe Trail begins descending through a forest of pine, aspen and oak. The first mile brings hikers into the Dark Canyon Wilderness, and soon to the southern reaches of Woodenshoe Canyon.

Ahead, the trail makes its way to the bottom of the canyon floor through a section of low cliffs. The forest is dense here and makes for a pleasantly shady experience. As the trail turns to the northwest (left), look behind you to enjoy the view down Cherry Canyon. The nearby ruin is well worth checking out, and is also a good turnaround spot for a shorter out-and-back.

From here, the trail begins to follow a low depression around a stream bed as it travels through the wide canyon floor. Above, towering sandstone cliffs present a dramatic backdrop on either side. As the depression widens, the trail more frequently cuts between turns in the stream bed.

Before the 10-mile mark, a small scramble brings hikers along a narrow limestone ledge following the contours of the canyon. At 12.8 miles, a perennial stream flows along the canyon bottom, adding to the appeal of nearby campsites. The Dark Canyon West Trail (006) is reached after a few more miles of gentle descending.

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Eric Ashley

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Sandstone and Canyon
Oct 13, 2020 near Blanding, UT
Meadow between canyon walls.
Oct 13, 2020 near Blanding, UT

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Oct 13, 2020
Lauren Paige
Stunning autumn hike. Some water around mile 6 hidden in tall grass. 7mi