“A long and steady canyon descent from the Chippean Rocks.”
— Eric Ashley
• This is a multi-use trail that is open to pedestrians, mountain bikers, equestrian users, and motorcycles.
• Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites, they are fragile! Stay on trail, don’t move artifacts, and stay out of ancient buildings and off walls. Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998
The trail begins by heading north off of Causeway Road (095) between the Chippean Rocks. A faint road-trace travels between a clearing in the trees for a short distance before it transitions to singletrack at a three-way intersection.
Head right into a section of heavy vegetation. The grade soon steepens slightly while the trail closely parallels the stream-bed. The grade once again lessens as the end of the bluff is rounded and Vega Creek proper is reached. A nice grove of ponderosa pine grows on the bluff's western end.
From here, the canyon begins to slowly but steadily become more arid. The next few miles of winding singletrack follow along the north bank of Vega Creek. Around 5.25 miles, the confluence of two drainages have created a small wash that is easily navigated.
As the trail continues around the bluff, a larger confluence marks the end of Vega Creek where it flows into North Cottonwood Creek. Nearby, a few scattered boulders decorate the landscape from where they've come to rest.
Ahead, a small intersection with the Reservoir Canyon Trail (008)
appears before a rocky drainage crossing and two steep switchbacks. Eventually, the trail transitions to a dry road-bed that doggedly cuts through several drainages and washes before ending at North Cottonwood Road (192).