Canyon, Row Bench Trail
5.2 miles (plus 14.8 miles by car)
time: 3 1/4 hours
960 ft. gain, 2,520 ft. loss
Bench Trailhead (start): 8,240 ft.
point: 9,200 ft.
Canyon Trailhead: 6,720 ft.
Little used, but not too difficult to follow. Numerous
sheep trails in the area can cause some confusion. A compass
Summer through mid-fall. The road to Row Bench Trailhead
may be closed from about December through May, and snow
can be expected on the trail until mid-June. For current
conditions call the Heber Ranger District, Uinta National
Forest, at (801) 654-0470.
Daniels Canyon, near Heber
Row Bench Trail is a little used hiking trail that connects
the upper part of Strawberry Valley to Daniels Canyon,
southeast of Heber. Most of the walk is through dense
quaking aspen with some Douglas fir. It is very pretty-especially
in September when the aspen are changing color. During
the second half of the hike, as you begin to drop down
from the ridge separating Strawberry Valley from Daniels
Canyon, the forest opens up to some breathtaking views
of Daniels Canyon and the mountains beyond. The area is
open rangeland, so you may see some sheep. There is also
a large population of deer in the area.
Mill B Flat the trail rises gently in a southerly direction,
up the side of Strawberry Valley, for about 0.2 mile before
turning west to follow a dry wash towards the ridge above.
You will see a barbed wire fence running below and parallel
to the trail for about 0.1 mile before the path turns
up the wash. After turning west, the trail climbs up the
bottom of the dry wash for about 1.0 mile, then levels
out near the top of the ridge above Strawberry Valley.
Soon after reaching this
ridge, the trail crosses to a second ridge separating
Center Creek and East Fork Three Forks. It then winds
pleasantly along the crest for another 1.5 miles before
descending abruptly onto Row Bench. Row Bench is a relatively
flat plateau on the side of the mountain, running parallel
to and about 900 feet above the Daniels Canyon road. If
you listen carefully you may hear the traffic on the road
below at this point.
After you reach Row Bench
the trail becomes somewhat confusing because sheep grazing
on the bench have created other trails, and it is sometimes
difficult to tell which trail is which. The correct trail
continues in a southwesterly direction to a large clearing
near the southern end of the bench, and then turns 90
degrees to a northwest heading. If you are on the correct
trail you should see occasional blaze marks on some of
the larger aspen trees. About 0.3 mile from the clearing
the trail passes through a log fence and begins descending
sharply through another small wash towards the bottom
of Center Canyon. Finally, 0.5 mile after leaving the
bench you will intersect a jeep road at the bottom of
Center Canyon. Turn left and follow this jeep road for
0.9 mile, to Highway 40, where your shuttle car is parked.
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