Maple Canyon

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Located within portions of the Uinta National Forest, Maple Canyon is primarily known for its challenging rock climbing. Still, few know the trail crossing through the area is scenic and fun. Trail 69 is 15.3 miles and connects two popular areas used for camping and climbing.

Just 3 miles from Freedom, UT, the southern trailhead begins as an easy gravel road winding through a narrow slot canyon before reaching the Maple Canyon Campground, where shady campsites are below the rock climbing walls.

Once past the camping area, the trail becomes very tight and brushy as it zigzags above the craggy rocks of the canyon below. You will continue to climb to over 9100 feet, traversing along the top of the mountain, with massive views on both sides. Once up top, there are a few campsites with beautiful views and possibly snow in June.

Dropping into the next climbing area on the northern section offers numerous primitive campsites near more epic climbing.

The trail is ideal for stock 4x4s with high clearance and durable tires. Numerous narrow ledges with switchbacks, deep ruts, and potholes may be muddy. Do not attempt the route in wet conditions.