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Golden Wall & Buckhorn Trail Loop

 
Golden Wall & Buckhorn Trail Loop

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.74682°N / 112.32167°W

Object Title: Golden Wall & Buckhorn Trail Loop

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Dec 9, 2012 / Jan 30, 2014

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Overview

Golden Wall Trail starts on Route 12 in Red Canyon and goes 700 vertical feet up the red hills to a 7860 ft saddle where it descends into another drainage and then continues to descend and eventually ends at the junction with Buckhorn Trail. At the junction you can either turn left and go up a hill to Buckhorn Point or turn right and descend to Red Canyon at Red Canyon Campground. You can then hike a short distance on the paved bike trail parallel to Route 12 to return to your starting point.




Map
Map



Getting There

From the intersection of Routes 12 and 89 (6 miles to the southeast of Panguitch, UT) drive a little more than 3 miles east on Route 12 and look for the sign for Golden Wall Trailhead on the south side of the road (Just to the west of the Red Canyon Visitor Center).

Route Description

Place
Elevation
Distance
Golden Wall Trailhead
7150 ft
zero
Saddle
7860 ft
1.30 miles
Low Point
7640 ft
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High Point
7800 ft
-
Buckhorn Trail Jct.
7640 ft
1.30 miles
Buckhorn Point
7800 ft
0.20 miles
Campground
7280 ft
0.85 miles
Back to Golden Wall Trailhead
7150 ft
0.90 miles
Total
-
4.55 miles



At the trailhead you will see this impressive tower on the north side of Route 12.



Trailhead
 



The trail goes up near and sometimes into a dry streambed.



Dry Streambed
 





Dry Streambed
 



You can look back to see the 7889 ft Black Mountain.



Black Mountain
Black Mountain



Red colored hoodoos and walls will be visible all around.



Hoodoos/Wall
 





Wall
 





Wall
 



The trail makes a series of switchbacks and reaches the 7860 ft saddle. You will have good views of Black Mountain and Sevier River Valley.



Sevier River Valley from the 7860 ft saddle
Sevier River Valley





Black Mountain from the 7860 ft saddle
Black Mountain



The trail descends into a valley and goes down to a 7640 ft low point and then back up again to 7800 ft giving you spectacular views of the red rock country.



On the trail
 





Wall
 





Wall
 





Hoodoos
 





Hoodoos
 





Wall
 





Black Mountain
Black Mountain





On the Trail
 





How Much Longer?
How much longer?





Route 12
Route 12



You will then reach the end of the Golden Wall Trail at the junction with Buckhorn Trail. You can turn left and go 160 vertical feet up the steep trail to the top of a narrow ledge at Buckhorn Point where the trail ends.



Trail to Buckhorn Point
Trail to Buckhorn Point



You will then return back to the junction and continue to descend down a series of switchbacks toward Route 12. Buckhorn Trail will end at Red Canyon Campground.



Route 12, Black Mountain & Red Canyon
Rout 12 & Black Mountain



Hike out of the campground. Just before Route 12 you will see a paved bike trail. Turn left (west) onto this trail and hike it 0.9 miles back to Golden Wall Trailhead.



Bike Trail parallel to Route 12
On Bike Trail



Red Tape

No Fees or permits needed for day hikes.

For all rules and regulations contact:
Powell Ranger District-Dixie National Forest
Panguitch, UT

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