Map). Getting to the trailhead is fun, requiring a drive down the Poison Springs Canyon Road
almost all the way to the Dirty Devil River. We've tried to drive all the way down the road
before, but we've always tried in the middle of the winter when some parts of the road were
frozen over with ice. So this was the first time we had tried the road when it was warm, and the
first time we had made it all the way to the Dirty Devil. The road wasn't as bad as I was afraid
it was, though, and we didn't have any trouble making it to the trailhead.
From the trailhead, an old mining road works its way north above the Dirty Devil, until it
reaches a large cairn and the trail drops down to the river. The views over the Dirty Devil while
walking the road are really good, but I wouldn't want to do this hike when it's hot outside.
There is also lots of petrified wood along the road. The beginning of the drop to the river is
pretty steep and sandy before leveling out on a bench and then dropping on down to the river.
At the river, we crossed the Dirty Devil across from the mouth of Happy Canyon.
The walk up Happy Canyon is easy, and quickly becomes pretty. The nice narrows are fairly
short, and the canyon soon opens up. We walked maybe a mile and a half up the canyon
before needing to turn around because the sky was starting to darken in the distance. We
made it back to the river with no problems, though, and we crossed back and climbed back up
to the road. I had wanted to camp in Poison Springs, but the sky was not looking good, and I
didn't want to risk being stuck in the canyon after a flood, so we drove back out and spent the
night in Hanksville.
Happy Canyon was really pretty, but the narrows were short considering the long drive and
fairly long hike to get to them. It was a very pretty hike, though, and this was a perfect time of
year to make the hike.