Hammond Canyon To Appendicitis Hill

Total Miles


1868.73 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

West of Arco, Idaho, Hammond Canyon Road takes you onto BLM lands around Appendicitis Hill. This 4-mile trail connects to Appendicitis Hill Spurs #1 - #6, and it generally follows Hammond Canyon Road into the Appendicitis Hill Wilderness Study Area. The wildlife in this area includes deer and elk. The area is steep and rugged, so hiking and backpacking are challenging. The views from the high ridges and peaks are spectacular.


This trail is easy, unless it's rained recently or the spring runoff is afoot. Then the trail will be muddy.


Appendicitis Hill got its name from a USGS surveyor, T.M. Bannon, who suffered an attack of appendicitis while surveying the peak. BLM manages roughly 22K acres in the Appendicitis Hill Wilderness Study Area. This area also includes Crawford Peak, at 8500 feet, overlooking Antelope Valley.

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Access Description

From North Front Street in Arco, go west on Sunset Drive. Sunset Drive turns into Aikele Road. Follow Aikele to North 3535 West and turn right. Follow N 3535 W past two farm sections, and that's where the track begins. There is room to stage where this track begins.