3 miles
Distance
1,987 ft
Climb
-93 ft
Descent
00:56:14
Avg time
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Rock Canyon Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Mountain Bike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Provo Mountains
    Provo, Utah
  • Ref Number
    #060
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #30849 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Rock Canyon has its name for a reason. Where there isn't loose gravel, count on there being lots of rocks to make things interesting. Be prepared for a constant, intense climb. The trail starts out wide and rather bland, but does taper and become a little more exciting after a while. Rocks and gravel make for decent wet weather conditions; sticky mud is absent.

Downhill this really isn't all that bad. A lot of loose rock and big shale sections make for very difficult climbing, but it is not very steep, so not difficult to keep things under control going down. Multiple bridge crossings, and creek crossings as you get higher to the top.

Check your speed at the bottom gate, cause, there is a gate. And there are typically people rock climbing the cliff right by the gate, and groups tend to congregate.

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More Stats for Rock Canyon Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,894 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,149 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,043 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,149 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,043 ft
  • Grade
    11.258%
  • Grade max
    -21.464%
  • Grade min
    34.146%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1,268 ft
  • Distance flat
    258 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:14
  • Avg reverse time
    00:54:08
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Status:
on Nov 13, 2020
Icy
Avg: 3.55 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Rock Canyon Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:13am
      Nov 13, 2020
      In the beginning, the snow is all gone. Then, until past the second water fountain, it’s really just a sketchy sheet of ice. Slippery for biking...
      Nov 10, 2020 @ 6:20pm
      Nov 10, 2020
      The trail is working great! Only some Mud near the beginning. The snow a bit higher up has been packed down and hardened from all of the foot and...
      Jun 27, 2020 @ 8:32am
      Jun 27, 2020
      reporter rocky, as usual
      Jun 5, 2020 @ 6:29pm
      Jun 5, 2020
      Great and rocky as always.
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 1:20pm
      Oct 12, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 44 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 178 rides
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      May 9, 2020 @ 4:12pm
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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      Jairus101 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (May 27, 2017 at 15:12)
       So many rocks! I biked down it, and if was fantastic. My arms are numb, but thats to be expected with so many rocks Wink
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ryanwilk Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jul 22, 2017 at 17:54)
       This is a very very technical ride up, simply because the trail is entirely loose rocks. Sliding a tire off the side of a rock or having rocks slide out from under your back tire are very common. The way down is fun, but again, very technical. Too much brake and your front tire starts to dig in.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      swamper1 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jan 13, 2018 at 5:31)
       This should be a black diamond at best. It really isn't that bad.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      jarviscera Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jul 9, 2018 at 10:47)
       Agreed. Double black makes no sense. Maybe a blue for descending and a black for ascending.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      todd Mod Trailforks (Jul 9, 2018 at 12:08)
       Agreed, changed it and added some better details in description
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      wutsch Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Oct 2, 2019 at 9:09)
       Went all the way to the campground and had to descend in the dark without a light since it gets dark quickly in the wooded canyon as soon as the sun gets low. Also, on the way back, maybe 3/4 mile below the campground, my friend and I spooked a big, dark, round shape that made a bearlike huff and crunched the brush beneath it. Naturally, we decided to keep riding to put some distance between us and the bear. We made it back safe but my thighs were burning at the bottom. Crazy ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Nathangouff Trailforks Pro Subscriber (May 11, 2020 at 14:48)
       Willy? is that you?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      brentdalling (Sep 12, 2020 at 16:22)
       This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. So much loose gravel and larger rocks. It makes for a seriously tough climb. I had to get off about half way and hike-a-bike until the last .5 mile. Coming down was a blast though. Almost ate $@#$ off a drop. But this was a great ride overall. I would probably shuttle this next time. The down hill was NOT worth the up hill climb on this one. And I love climbing.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Ghdresse472 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Oct 4, 2020 at 12:54)
       Steeeeeeep.
      [Reply]

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