Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hog Canyon

Distance: 1.6 miles round trip
Elevation: 5,380 ft-5,508 ft
Elevation Gain: 128 ft
Dogs: Not allowed
Bathroom at Trailhead: Yes
Tags: #pioneers, #hiking, #dinosaurs
Hikes nearby: Fossil Discovery Trail

Yellow Rabbitbrush as the start of the trail
Hog Canyon is a short trail on the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument. If you are visiting the Quarry and its wall of bones anytime in the spring or summer, then Hog Canyon is a must do. Its pastoral beauty will be a welcome change to the bare sediment of the rest of the monument. 

Entering the canyon
The Hog Canyon Trail wanders along the edge of a large rock wall and slowly up a small slot canyon until it dead ends. This is not a desert hike, however, but a stroll through an oasis that boasts a bubbling brook and a symphony of croaking toads and chirping insects. Toss in some dappled sunshine and grasses waving in a gentle breeze and you have a recipe that could save thousands in psychotherapy fees. That in itself may be worth the very long drive to Dinosaur National Monument.

Lovely summer grasses
Let me warn you however that in the event of a bird flu apocalypse, Hog Canyon is all mine! I intend to load up the car with a years supply of ramen noodles and beat feet to Utah. Not only is there a serviceable cabin on the premises, but a real spring for year round water. There are areas to graze and spots to garden. In fact the previous owner, Josie Bennet, lived there quite contentedly until the 1960s.

The trailhead to Hog Canyon is located 10 miles east of the Quarry Visitors Center at the end of Cub Creek Road.

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