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Recreational Opportunities: This trail is one of the most popular day hikes on the Price District. Numerous waterfalls and pools occur along the creek which provide opportunities for photographers and anglers. The Left Fork of Huntington Creek is recognized as a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Brown, Cutthroat, and Rainbow Trout all inhabit these waters. Dippers are frequently encountered along it. Other wildlife that may be seen include Coopers Hawks and deer. Trail use is moderate throughout the summer and big game hunting seasons.
Geology: This trail begins (when viewed from bottom to top) in the Mancos Shale (approximately 100-120 million years old). About 2.5 miles up the trail it crosses the "Blue Slide" which is a blue-gray sandy shale member of the Mancos. The trail finally reaches the Blackhawk Formation (approximately 78-82 million years old) from which most of Utah's coal is produced.
History: This trail was originally constructed for the purpose of access to the Millers Flat area for fire suppression activities and grazing of livestock. The trail was approved as a National Recreation Trail by the Chief of the Forest Service on September 14, 1979.
Special Considerations: The trail is in a travel restricted area (see Travel Map), and is limited to foot and horse use only. The 'Blue Slide" and other steep cross slopes can be hazardous to travel when wet. Access to the upper trailhead from Millers Flat Reservoir requires hikers to wade the creek. Wading may be hazardous during spring runoff and during the irrigation season. Any drinking water obtained along the trail should be appropriately treated before use.Directions
Trailhead: Approximately 32 miles NW of Huntington, Utah, 0.9 miles from Millers Flat Reservoir spillway at the head of Left Fork of Huntington Canyon.Highlights
The trail is located along the bottom and north side of Left Fork of Huntington Creek. The trailhead at Millers Flat begins in sagebrush/grass habitat and then continues the rest of the way through scenic stands of spruce and fir.