Strayhorse Canyon Trail #20

Area Status: Open
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A popular route to the Blue River, Strayhorse Canyon Trail #20 starts near Rose Peak Lookout.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: April through December
Information Center: Clifton Ranger District
(928) 687-8600
TTY: (928) 687-1807

General Information

Directions: Take US Highway 191 North of Clifton for 49 miles. The trailhead is on the eastside
General Notes:
  • Bring drinking water. Treat any water you find before drinking.
  • Shares a trailhead with Red Mountain Trail #25. Connects to Hagan Trail #31 and Lengthy Trail #89, and Blue River Trail #101.

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Day Hiking

A popular route to the Blue River, Strayhorse Canyon Trail #20 starts near Rose Peak Lookout. The trial starts in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forest. The vegetation changes to pinyon and juniper forest as you go down in elevation, towards Blue River.

About 0.5 miles down the trail you pass an abandoned cabin, this was the home for early fire lookouts at Rose Peak some 50 years ago. The cabin was located here to be close to water, large old pumps were left behind when the cabin was abandoned. Just off the trail to the east of the junction with Lengthy Trail #89 you will see the remains of another old cabin known as Strayhorse Cabin.

Exploratory mining took place near the bottom of the trail. These drill holes were not capped and you can hear water running in them if you listen carefully.

The trail enters the Blue Range Primitive Area just after you leave the information Kiosk. Therefore no bicycles or motorized use are allowed past this point.

Trail Log:

  • 1.4 Distance from US Highway 191 to Strayhorse Spring
  • 5.6 Distance from Strayhorse Spring to junction at Hagan Trail #31
  • 1.0 Distance from junction at Hagan Trail #31 to the junction at Lengthy Trail #89
  • 1.4 Distance from junction at Lengthy Trail #89 to end of trail at Blue River
Elevation desc8,200 feet maximum elevation
Best Season: April through December
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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