Left Fork Huntington Creek
9.1 miles (plus 4.4 miles by bicycle)
time: 6 1/4 hours
2,125 ft. gain, 2,505 ft. loss
Mill Canyon Trailhead
(start): 8,080 ft.
Left Fork Huntington
Trailhead: 7,700 ft.
Most of the trail is well maintained and easy to follow,
but there are a few confusing junctions. The last 4.2
miles are along a designated National Recreation Trail.
Summer through mid-fall. Upper parts of trail are usually
covered with snow from mid-November through mid-June.
For current conditions call Price Ranger District, Manti-La
Sal National Forest, (801) 637-2817.
Huntington Canyon, near Price
Candland Mountain Loop offers a fine combination of mountain
and canyon hiking, with just enough elevation gain to
let you know that you have been on a hike and not just
a Sunday afternoon stroll. The final 4.2 miles of the
hike are down the Left Fork Huntington Creek, an exceptionally
pretty stream, on a designated National Recreation Trail.
the mouth of Mill Canyon the trail begins its assent almost
immediately, gaining about a thousand feet per mile for
the next 2.1 miles. When you reach the top of the ridge
you will intersect an old pack trail that starts farther
north and follows the long summit ridge of Candland Mountain.
You could continue straight across the pack trail at this
point, but if you do so you will miss the marvelous views
along the ridge. Instead, turn left and follow the pack
trail along the ridge in a southerly direction.
After a five-minute climb
up the old Candland Mountain pack trail you will reach
a local summit (10,205 ft.) where the forest opens up
in the west for a wonderful view of Miller Flat and Hog
Flat below. Bald Mountain is clearly visible along the
western boundary of Miller Flat, and Seeley Peak lies
about 2.5 miles to the south. In between Candland Mountain
and Seeley Peak is the 2,000-foot-deep Left Fork Huntington
Canyon, which will be your return route. The two mountains
were once connected, before the erosive powers of the
Left Fork Huntington Creek carved the deep gouge between
them millions of years ago. Continuing southward on the
pack trail for 10 minutes more will bring you to another
junction where a trail drops off to the right. You should
leave the ridge at this point and begin your descent to
After walking 1.8 miles
and dropping 1,600 feet below Candland Mountain ridge,
the trail intersects a jeep road. Turn left and walk along
the jeep road for another 0.8 mile to the mouth of Left
Fork Huntington Canyon, where the road comes to a dead
end. At the end of the road the Left Fork Huntington Creek
enters an abrupt break in the mountains, and within just
a few hundred feet the terrain changes completely from
a sage-covered flat to a tree-lined canyon. This canyon
will be your route through the mountains back to Highway
31-a much easier walk that the climb over Candland Mountain
All that remains of the
hike now is to walk down Left Fork Huntington Creek to
the Forks of Huntington Campground, 4.2 miles distant.
This part of the hike has been officially designated as
a National Recreation Trail, and it is very pretty. Huge
conifers grow right to the waters edge on the south
side of the stream, with bands of quaking aspen higher
up the canyon walls. There are several excellent camping
areas farther downstream where many people stay to take
advantage of the fishing. Note the difference in vegetation
between the north and south facing sides of the canyon.
The forest is much more alpine in nature on the heavily
shaded north-facing side, while sage brush and other semiarid
plants grow on the sunny south-facing side. The trail
runs along the sunny side of the canyon, where there are
fewer obstacles to impede its progress.
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