Hancock Peak trail
I spent Memorial day weekend at Duck Creek Utah. That gave me the opportunity to do the Hancock Peak trail. Maps show the trail to be about 7 miles at 9,600-10,100 feet altitude.
I couldn’t find much on the trail so here are some points if you are looking to do it:
• There is no trail. You have to travel between cairns and cut trees. It wasn’t that hard, but I frequently (most of the time) was off trail. Patience is required when you have to figure out which way the trail went.
• The cairns are big and frequent, however sometimes they are not where I expected. And sometimes they are under snow. 😐
• Looking for signs of a trail in a lava field is hard.
• A map is helpful. In addition to a printed map, I used the off-line mode of google maps to help orient my position.
• No one else was on the trail. Perhaps it gets busier later in the season.
• My map says this is a bike trail. Be sure to ask the rangers if trail maintenance was done if you plan on biking. There was a lot of downed trees on the trail.
• I’m not experienced in forest trail finding. I had to work at finding the trail, especially in the snowy areas.
• There wasn’t any crazy dangers on this trail. You still need to be careful, you could break a leg in the lava fields, get lost in the forest, not really any cell service, and don’t expect to see anyone else on the trail
• The round trip took me 7 1/2 hours and 17+ miles. I’m sure you can go faster when there is less snow and more of the fallen trees cleared away.
It was a fun hike and I enjoyed trying to find my way through the trail. The ancient lava flows were kinda interesting. But the scenery wasn’t that exciting.