Steven K. on Coal Canyon Trail
This turned out to be just a single lane dirt road that splits off to Hoodoo trail when you reach the end or you can keep going until you reach a point just north of I-70. It's open to cars and several vehicles passed us during our hike. They were only going a few miles an hour so it was no big deal. This hike was decent as exercise but otherwise uneventful with nothing to see. It gets its name from the layers of soft coal embedded in the rock. There are other trails in the area that are likely more challenging and interesting.
Very pretty if you're in to high desert scenery. Pretty standard hike, just make sure you take your bearings as it's easy to get on the wrong trail since all the horse trails careen around all over the place. It's a nice spot to see some horses in the spring, or to just get out and about. Elevation gain is minimal, so it's definitely something that would work for anyone.
Patricia C. on Main Canyon Trail
I was hoping to see a herd of wild horses running like the pictures in a National Geographic. Instead, I saw three horses grazing like in a field. I wish I had thought this through better and remembered that horses spend more time eating than running in the wind.
This is a little misleading. The road does not go up the main canyon it goes up coal creek canyon which is closed during the spring due to wild horse breeding and births. To get to the main canyon you go past the power plant And up the road to the parking lot. From there you hike over the ridge above the parking lot and then down into the main canyon. Beautiful canyon. We saw 3 groups of wild horses going up the canyon. They are very used to people so you can get real close to them. 2 miles up the canyon you can go up spring creek canyon or continue up main canyon to round mountain.
To say that this is located out of Palisade is incorrect. To get to the Main Canyon you actually need to take the Cameo exit off of I-70 before you reach the Palisade exit. Take the Cameo Exit, drive past the power plant (It will look like you are driving in to their property but the road continues past the power plant), and then its another mile or two to the trailhead. You can get out and walk from there or if you have a high clearance 4WD you can actually drive pretty far in to the canyon to reach other trailheads. Definately worth a peek if you have exhausted the more popular trails in the area