Hike of the week: Left Hand Fork/Ridge Trail
Published: August 17, 2012 01:54PM
Updated: August 17, 2012 01:54PM
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Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune Left Hand Fork/Ridge Trail hike in Settlement Canyon south of Tooele.

Directions • Settlement Canyon is located just south of Tooele and crisscrossed with trails, much of which have welcome shade for a summer hike. From State Road 36, turn at Settlement Canyon road near Camp Wapiti. Entry fee is $2 at entry point just past Settlement Canyon Reservoir.

After entering, park and walk to the Left Hand Fork Trail, which is marked with a sign off Settlement Canyon Road. About a half-mile in, after the path widens, take right turn at the sign for Ridge Trail/Crossing Hollow. A rocky, uphill climb opens to a golden plateau. Keep going into a shady canyon, where a raptor made an appearance on a recent visit, then turn around and loop back down to the Ridge Trail entrance and back to Settlement Canyon Road.

Destination Settlement Canyon - Left Hand Fork/Ridge Trail

Hiking time 1 hours

Round trip miles 3 miles

Elevation gain 560 feet

Difficulty Moderate

Trail head restrooms Located nearby

Dogs allowed Yes, preferably leashed

Bikes allowed Yes