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(Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune) Left Hand Fork/Ridge Trail hike in Settlement Canyon south of Tooele.
Hike of the week: Left Hand Fork/Ridge Trail
First Published Aug 12 2012 01:32 pm • Last Updated Aug 17 2012 01:54 pm

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.

At a glance

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

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