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Maple Canyon Loop Trail

(Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune)

 

The foliage makes this a great summertime or fall hike. The trail also includes an arch and a good view of Sanpete County. The loop is composed of the Middle Fork and Right Fork trails. From the trailhead, the hike begins on the Middle Fork. After about a half a mile, a sign directs you a few yards off the main trail to an arch cut out of conglomerate rock. Back on the trail, watch for a sign pointing to the Right Fork. Follow it to a bench where you can sit at the overlook. From there itís downhill for the return to the campground. Fees $3.

Getting there: From Moroni, turn west on State Road 116. Follow it for 2.7 miles to West Side Road. Go north for 1.3 miles and turn west on Freedom Road. Signs should direct you to Maple Canyon, about 2.5 miles away. Drive into the canyon and find the Forest Service campground. The trailhead is at the entrance to the campground.

 

-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Sanpete County

Destination: Loop

Distance: 2.5 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,218 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

Difficulty: 3
 

 

First published 2010-07-31