Photos of Maple Canyon Loop Trail

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked the arch trail (FS tr #158, Middle Fork Trail) on Sept 22, 2018. One of the most beautiful fall hikes I've ever been on in Utah. Wonderful mix of maples, scrub oak, and evergreens. Lots of varying scenery with mountains, cliffs, forest, and a nice little arch that you can scramble up underneath and climb into a small slot canyon above the arch if you're a little more adventurous and able. Fairly easy and short trail from campground to arch with about 90% shade cover. Heavily used campground with tons of people rock climbing in various spots throughout Maple Canyon, but on this trail on a Saturday afternoon I was surprised that I didn't pass anyone after leaving the campground.
I continued past the arch further up the Middle Fork trail then turned right (north) and followed the FS tr #124 (Right Fork Trail) to head up to the view points on the cliffs and rock formations above the canyon. Well worth it! The views are amazing looking down into the cliffs and forests below. The Right Fork Trail is a Moderate level hike and is overgrown with scrub oak brush in some areas that will scratch the legs - so I would suggest wearing long pants and not shorts if you choose to hike this section. Right Fork trail from where it leaves the Middle Fork trail is about 70% exposed to the sun until you get past the summit and start to descend through the canyon forest again. On the eastern decent of the Right Fork trail there's one spot that has a 5-6 rung ladder that you'll have to climb up/down - so keep that in mind if you have a dog or small kids. Watching some of the rock climbers on the cliffs throughout the area is also a thrill. One of the best overall hikes I've been on. A definite repeat.