3,781 ft
83 ft
-167 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Can be very muddy during heavy wet periods
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Forest Service

The northwest end of the upper section of Canyon of Fools starts off the lower Mescal trail. Not everyone who rides Mescal knows about the upper fun technical section of the Mescal trail, since it isn't signed and the east side entrance is on slickrock that doesn't clearly show where the upper section starts. The west end of the upper Mescal trail drops down a very steep section of slickrock to the lower section of the Mescal trail. If you ride the upper section you make a left turn to get to the upper Canyon of Fools intersection.

Once on the upper Canyon of Fools trail you ride down a twisty rocky trail that eventually ends in a twisty downhill wash section that has wall ride sections for an increased fun factor. Note that about 150 yards into the start of the ride there is an optional steep rocky section that increases the fun and technical factor.

The lower section of the upper Canyon of Fools rides through a wide wash area before and up and down section of trail that eventually intersects with the west end of the Yucca trail. At that point you will be on the lower section of Canyon of Fools, this lower section of trail is shown on the Trailforks map database.

Access Info

The upper north end is accessed off the lower Mescal trail. The trail is best ridden in the north to south direction, but a good uphill rider could ride uphill from the Yucca intersection.

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More Stats for Canyon of Fools (Upper) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -84 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,482 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,644 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,644 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,560 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    840 ft
  • Distance down
    793 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,149 ft
  • Avg time
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on Mar 21, 2016
Avg: 4.35 (4 votes)

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Canyon of Fools... Trail Reports

Mar 21, 2016 @ 1:50pm
Mar 21, 2016
Best ridden down from Mescal. Connect to lower for awhile fun ride!
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1 Review & Comments

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flag thilliar (Feb 27, 2015 at 15:47)
 This trail is Canyon of Fools at least the first half.

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