Distance: 10 miles
Gain: 4100 ft
Route: Engleman Canyon
Started a little later in the day. Parked about 1/4 mile below the COG railway and headed up to the Hydro St lot. The turn off for Cameron Cone was not far up Barr Trail, we saw one person just before the stream. We crossed the stream then the railway shortly after. Next was an extremely steep scree slope that took a while to get up. Once we made it up there was a small but nice trail heading west up the canyon. The trail became more and more faint but we were careful to follow it. We passed Gog and Magog Rocks and finally came out onto a dirt road in Crystal Park. The road was easy to follow but soon ended going up a steep hill with the trail being marked by ribbons in the tree. The hill soon degraded into another scree slope. The slope was over a mile long but the summit was at the top. We had a snack but were concerned, both being low on water since it took us much longer to summit than planned. Decsending the scree slope was easy, being able to slide down most of it. We lost the trail on our way down and after a little bushwacking were able to get back to Gog and Magog Rocks. We were unable to find the trail again after Gog Rock. Continuing down the canyon we encountered many small cliffs and unnavicable terrain. Eventually we hit the stream but I was unsure if I was uphill or downhill from the trail. I decided to head downhill, figuring I would hit the trail of the Cog railway. After some difficult bushwhacking I hit the trail. We finally made it back with ripped clothes and I had been without water about an hour and a half. Very
tough hike that I was not prepared for.