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Crimson Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Logan, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,345 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Snow
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The hike goes up along the China Wall and has a great view of the Wind Cave and Second Dam. You can start at one campground, go up along the Crimson Trail and then back through the Riverside Trail to return to the starting campground.

You can park at the same lot as the Wind Cave if you are starting at that point, or you can park at Spring Hollow campground. If you try and park at Guinavah/Malibu campground there is a fee so it is best to park across the street.

This hike has two starting points, one at Spring Hollow campground and the other at the Guinavah/Malibu campground across the street from the Wind Cave. Starting at the Spring Hollow campground is recommended due to the steep climb if starting at the Guinavah/Malibu campground.

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Jessie Dent
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Amazing trail and beautiful with all the fall leaves. Pretty steep and close to the edge but worth it.

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Alek Nelson
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Great hike and views for the fall.

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Eden Michelle
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Beautiful, like the comments say. Steep and a little scary if you are afraid of heights! Only disappointment is that you can see and hear the highway the whole way.

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Justin Grieco
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Sophia Morris
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Jeff Scott
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Brindy Bennett
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Backpacking

The trail was beautiful! It was wonderful! We were a bit nervous on the sheer edges with our littles (11, 8, 7, 2 who was on my back), but they did great and we all loved it! It wasn’t marked very well at the beginning and we were confused if we were on the right trail (it was the Nature Riverside Trail), but it did eventually meet up and there was a sign directing us to the Crimson Trail. I think we technically did the loop backwards.

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Jaymie Christensen
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9/23/2020 I loved this trail! Beautiful Fall colors, Forest setting, shade, exciting cliffs, amazing views. I made the loop counter clockwise so I could end my hike with a meander along the River. That was nice. Going clockwise seems like it might be steeper. Not sure...I’ll have to try that someday. Lots of the trail is along cliffs with lookouts so be careful.

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Trina Pendleton
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This was a great trail! The views were amazing! The fall colors were out and the weather was perfect! Would want to do the uphill secretion in the heat of the summer. But a perfect fall hike!

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Jiajie Zhang
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous view along the so called ‘china wall’ and kids enjoyed it so much. Some part of the trails get very close to the cliff but our 7yrs is ok with that.

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Tee Prodnuk
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This was quite literally the perfect hike. It had everything: switchbacks, shaded areas, beautiful scenery, the perfect length. Trail was hard packed earth so very easy to maneuver and felt secure. Definitely not as Hard as AllTrails makes it out to seem. First part of the hike has a good elevation gain but it levels out. Start in the Spring Canyon B campground to access the trail. Go across the bridge. Keep an eye out for the trail marker sign on the left. It’s a true loop that ends with a beautiful and relaxing flat trail near the river. Some sections of extreme heights but the trail is far enough away from the edge so that it never felt unsafe. And I am usually terrified of heights. My favorite hike I’ve ever done so far.

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Jesse Jones
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Great intermediate trail. Tons of switchbacks to aid in the climb and decents

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s pickett
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did the counter clockwise loop parked at spring hollow (almost full at 9am) and did the climb up. No where did I feel unsafe but if heights bother you don't do this as you are on an exposed trail with massive cliffs just a few feet away. the descent was slow as there is a fair amount of steep loose dirt areas. the river trail back to spring hollow was very pleasant.

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Howard J. Beagley
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12 out of 10. Will be doing that hike again.

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RaeLynn Eliason
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I love this hike! Great little workout and pretty views! In the late summer through fall it truly lives up to its name with lots of red foliage. A bit of a climb at first but then it levels off for a mile or so. You’ll be up where the views are great and near the edge of several cliffs but it’s rewarding and something that can be hiked in under 2 hours depending upon your fitness level. Start at 3rd dam and head towards the creek and upper camp ground. From there cross the bridge and go south towards Spring Hollow. When you’re done exploring the edge of several cliffs on top, it’s a quick descent down, I like to run it. Follow the river trail back to 3rd Dam. Side note. I’ve hiked this a few times in the snowy conditions. The descent is shaded and steep at first. It can get ridiculously icey and slippery. I wouldn’t recommend that part of the trail with snow and ice without cleats and trekking poles. Overall favorite and highly recommend!

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Megan May
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Josh Carrell
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Pretty steep coming up and down and some pretty good exposure. Most of the trail follows the Cliffside and some sections feel pretty close to the edge but there’s some really good spots to take a break check the views. Really great views of the canyon, wind caves, and the river.

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Nikela Dennis
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This is a beautiful hike with amazing views. There are quite a few look out points along the trail. It is very steep so I would recommend hiking poles. I would also recommend doing the loop in a counter-clockwise direction because you will start with rocks which are easier to go up than down so you don’t slide. I took my dog and he loved it. There are turkey vultures on this trail which were cool to see. The trail is on the side of the mountain, so there is a steep cliff off the side of the trail. Because of this and because of how steep it is, it would not be suitable for kids or seniors. We only saw two other people on the hike.

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Hank Renfrow
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Great trail. Well maintained. First 1.5 miles is a beast going straight up. Smooth sailing for another 2mi then the downhill mile.

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Melissa Knowles
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The way up isn’t bad, but on the way down it can be difficult. When it’s really dry, it’s easy to slide down the trail as it’s pretty steep. Going up is pretty narrow. Super gorgeous at the top tho!

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Toni Nelson
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I did this hike with my 11 year old daughter. We took our time and spent about 3 hours on the trail. We started at 6:45 am and had the entire trail to ourselves. I’ve hiked it both directions. I think it depends on if you prefer the really steep going up or down. This time we went down the Guinevah/Malibu side and the trail was pretty slick. Poles helped a lot. If you want to get the uphill done faster and have a more moderate downhill, start at G/M and come down the Spring Hollow side. It’s strenuous, but so worth it! My dogs loved the trail. If you have young kids or are afraid of heights, be aware that there are several steep drop offs at the top. The leaves were also starting to change too!

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Carly McNiece
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This trail was amazing! Would I do it again- probably not because I have wimpy knees, but it was 100% worth it for that time and for others to do it again!! 1. I would actually disagree with some of the other reviews and would recommend starting at the base of Spring Hollow and not going up through the group camp sites. I would have preferred to have the switchbacks while descending instead of while ascending. As someone who has wimpy knees and had an on-leash dog, the descent was super sketchy. It was a lot of loose dirt and gravel and very steep. I definitely had my foot slip off the side multiple times (I’m also somewhat clumsy and am totally fine!) so I would have preferred to come up that way. But I will say it was super nice to have the majority of the ascent done at the beginning of the hike. 2. If you go through the group campsites at Spring hollow to start, just keep going up and to the left. I wasn’t sure which trailhead to take when I got to group campsite B- stay to the left and take the route with the bridge that you can see. 3. When you start at the group campsites, on your descent down- you come to a fork and can choose to go left or right. I went left and it was perfectly fine, I connected with the river trail. As long as you keep going left- you’ll end back up at Spring Hollow! I’m not sure where the right trail goes- but I’m assuming that’s the one that AllTrails records and so it should bring you back as well!

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Brayden Crawford
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Lyle Arnett
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Lyle Arnett
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Roderick Deltron
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Great hike with awesome views! . Watch your step for rattlesnakes.

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Lisa Lundgren
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Really beautiful trail that is shaded and offers excellent views of Logan Canyon. Highly recommend starting at spring hollow (walk all the way through the group sites, you’ll find the trail!) and doing the loop counterclockwise, the switchbacks allow for more rest that way. If you are afraid of heights or have trouble with steep inclines/declines, this is not the trail for you.

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Alexis Koyle
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Yaaas

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Chad McLean
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Started the trail about 9:30 on 8/1/20. Lots of shade. Even though the high for the day was 100°+ it didn’t fee hot at all. Trail was surprisingly smooth especially compared to the Wind Caves last weekend. Started at Spring Hollow campground; definitely not as steep as coming from the other direction. With stops it was right at 2 hours so it was perfect. Great overlooks and drop offs to peek over if that’s your thing . Not many people at all. Would highly recommend.

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