Ethereal hiking at Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest, Utah, USA.
The Golden Wall Trail, Castle Bridge Trail and the Buckhorn Trail
Following lunch, in the shade of the Red Canyon Visitor Center, the next hike is across and down the highway for a 1/2 mile (0.8 KM), with a left turn across a wide wash to access the Golden Wall trail-head. Following an initial flat section of trail, there is a short, vigorous climb.
The Castle Bridge is very easy to miss while hiking the loop around it. Castle Bridge blends inconspicuously into surrounding terrain. There are two photos of Castle Bridge following. Look for the shadow underneath the arch.
The Golden Wall Trail is a roller-coaster of elevation through incredible scenery as the hike proceeds around incredibly beautiful towers and colorful rock formations to the short but awesome Buckhorn Trail. The fascinating hike is surrounded by incredible and colorful rock formations. On this day, the heat is vicious and the copious supply of water is depleting rapidly.
Near the end, the hike transitions from rock onto a very wide, stony, dry wash which gently descends through and past dense pine forest back to the highway. This hike was done in sandals to counter afternoon heat but sandy and rocky surfaces are tough on the ankles. Boots might have been a warmer but better choice.
Back at Highway 12, the mile (1.6 KM) hike west on the new paved bicycle path parallels the road, back to the Red Canyon Visitor Center.
Hiking in the Red Canyon area is complete.
Tomorrow will be a discovery day in Kodachrome Basin State Park combined with travel from Panguitch, Utah to the next staging point in Page, Arizona.