Geertson & Shupe Canyon Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Geertson & Shupe Canyon Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Huntsville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.4 miles
2,916 feet

dogs on leash




horseback riding

trail running



wild flowers



over grown


Primitive trail climbing Geertsen canyon with a great view of Pineview Reservoir, and then turning east through Shupe canyon. Connects with Middle Fork Canyon for the return trip of the loop. Area is closed from December to the second Saturday in April. Trail starts through grassy meadows where you can see various wildlife and livestock. Once it crosses Powerline Trail, your path quickly becomes primitive as you make your way up Geertsen and into Shupe. This hike is very difficult but provides fantastic views of the entire valley.

7 months ago

I did this in the middle of the summer and had a very tough recovery
I saw some horse people at the trailhead but never saw another person or animal for the next 8 hours
I had a good mapped out trail for my GPS
But about 4 miles in it turns to start up and that intersection was grown over
I decided to just follow the middle fork o explore and ended up at a very narrow section and could hear a moose
I had see his urine and droppings along the way. I decided to just turn around and go home. On the way back I found where I should have started up and took some rocks to mark the trail for others and next time. I decided to just start up the very steep incline for a while and after another hour found myself at a cliff and no trail. I turned around and decided to backtrack for home. After about 10 minutes I found where I had taken a wrong turn. Once back on the correct trail I figured I was at the halfway point or more and I could see the trail starting back to the south. I hiked for another hour and stopped to eat and rest by now I had been out for about 4 hours. I had previously hiked Getsten canyon and up to the eastern high point so I felt it was close and would be about 2 hours down from there. After resting I hiked the ridge for what seemed like an eternity and finely got to the place I knew. By now it was in the high 90s and I was running short on fluids and food I stopped to tie a shoe lace and got a cramp
I knew I had at least 1.5 hours to go so I drank my last gator aid and saved just enough water to be able to wet my throat every once in a while. I got back down to heavy woods and gersten creek and contemplated spending the night in the woods next to the creek
I had run a number of marathons and knew how much more I could push myself so decided that I could make it. I had good cell phone service and knew I could always call for help
I took an hour between the woods and the trailhead. I got to the car started the engine turned on the air and went to reverse in about 3 seconds
I can set on my deck and see the hike
I call it The Hike From Hell!
I planned on a 6 hour hike and took provisions for 8 hours. The only problem it it took 9 hours!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hiked this trail at the end of May. The first 40% or so is along Powerline Trail, which (unsurprisingly) runs parallel to some big ol' powerlines. If you can get over that, it's actually a very pretty hike along a stream and in a valley. Second half is crazy beautiful, with many opportunities for views on mountaintops.

It was a beautiful time to go, there were so many blooming mountain flowers with butterflies everywhere that you go. Downside is that the snowmelt causes all the streams to be real swole, so be prepared for stream crossings with icy-cold water. At one point you have to cross ~15 ft of stream that's moving real fast and is at least 1.5 ft deep all across; we dragged a few fallen trees to we could climb across.
There were no trail markers at any point during the hike (even at the trailhead). Much of the hike up into the mountains is way overgrown, so be prepared for some snags. Worse than that is that it up and disappears multiple times during the last 5 or so miles, we ended trespassing on some farmland for a bit while we made our way back.

If you're looking for a map, don't purchase one online, the trails don't appear on the official Uinta maps. If you go to the Ranger's Office in Ogden, they have a free hiking one with the relevant trails marked. (Powerline, Shupe Canyon, Geertson Canyon).

Friday, May 05, 2017

I hiked this trail on Star Wars day (May 4th). It was a challenging hike with a lot of incline at first. Due to the spring weather it was very tough to follow the trail on the shady side because of all the snow that was still there. There was a lot of fallen trees and shrubs that blocked the trail on the backside but it wasn't too hard to follow once I got past the snow. Overall it was a good hike! I didn't see anyone else on trail.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Challenging hike with steady incline and rough overgrown trail in sections but well worth the hike. Plan on a few hours if your going to the top. I didn't see one other person on the trail. Hiked the canyon sept 21 very Pretty and great views

Monday, April 20, 2015

Only hiked this trail a little bit today and did not make it up to my favorite part in the canyon. Last year we had come across a den of foxes and upon inspection the den had been abandoned. However, a new den was about 100 yards away and we heard movement as we passed by.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One of my favorite canyons - abundant wildflowers, some cool old trees, and interesting rock formations. Bring plenty of water and long pants since you will lose the trail at various points during the hike. I haven't made it into the Shupe Canyon sectionyet, but am planning to get out there soon and will mark it as completed once I finish the hike.