Trail Name: Wild Steer Canyon Loop
Best Use: Hiking
Best Time for Use: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty: Difficult icon-expert
Length: 4.4 mi (7.1 km
Start Elevation: 6,253 ft (1,906 m)
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,076 ft  (328 m)
Trail Surface and Use:
Cross country/Canyon bottom
Trail Head Access: 2WD (4WD in muddy/snowy weather)
Trail Head Coordinates: 12 S 689632 m E  4238129 m N

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Description: This loop trail provides access to the upper part of Wild Steer Canyon, a remote canyon within the Dolores River WSA. Some non-technical rock scrambling is required. From the trailhead, follow either the GPS track or the rock cairns into the side canyon west of the trailhead and down to the Wild Steer Canyon streambed. Bottom access is via breakdown ramps through the slick rock rims. Once in the main drainage, turn upstream until the next side canyon on the left (NE). Head upstream following the drainage and the rock cairns until you climb out on another breakdown ramp on the right (SE). Then follow the cairns to the left (N) along the top of the slick rock until you drop into the side drainage above a pour-off. Continue northeast in the drainage until the cairns take you to a parking spot next to County Road DD16. Turn left (NW) onto the county road for about 1.1 mi (1.8 km) until you return to the trailhead.

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