Alternate Smith Canyon Access (FS# 4923)

Total Miles


2,420.21 ft


0.25 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Forest Service #4923 is another route to access Smith Canyon. The trail moves up through pine trees and oak brush. In the fall, the colors in this area will be fantastic as the oak brush changes. You can't ride in Smith Canyon, but it's a great place to hike and explore. Be sure to bring your camera because Smith Canyon offers a lot of opportunities to see wildlife and views you can't see elsewhere. Smith Canyon lies in the shadow of Miners Ridge. Hike to the top of the ridge or up through the canyon, wherein the spring there will be water. There is not a designated hiking trail in this canyon, but it's rugged and beautiful for the adventurous hiker who wants to get off the beaten path. In February of 2023, Utah began enforcement of a new law, which requires an online education course for all off-roaders. The free course is available online. Google "Utah OHV Education Course," and the free test will pop up. It's an easy test that will only take 15-30 minutes, and it's required for all off-roaders, Jeeps, SXSs, dirt bikes, and ATVs. Kids under the age of 18 will have to take the Youth Education Test at the same site. After completing the test, print out the certificate to carry with you which shows you completed the course. We have taken it, and it's really no big deal. Good reminders about trail etiquette and trail preservation.

Photos of Alternate Smith Canyon Access (FS# 4923)

Alternate Smith Canyon Access (FS# 4923)
Alternate Smith Canyon Access (FS# 4923)
Alternate Smith Canyon Access (FS# 4923)


At trail's end, there is an incline that has loose rocks, but if it's dry, it's easy.

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Access Description

In the Paiute Trail System, navigate to the Papa Bear Poker Run trail, which will lead you to this and the other Smith Canyon Access trails.

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