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Holman Canyon Trail
Holman Canyon, at the top of Payson Canyon, is a beautiful forested area with some great views. Altitude is 8400 feet. Holman offers two ride possibilities, both reserved for the stronger, more confident rider. Either ride will feature some great narrow singletrack, with a few slightly hairy spots. The Nebo Loop area is famed for its varied forest and fantastic views. In the fall, the flaming leaves bring gawkers from around the state.
Ride 1: a loop ride, following the Blackhawk Trail from the Nebo Loop down into Holman Canyon, then back up (crossing the road) and looping around the frontside by Lizard Lake. This ride is 8 miles, and involves some pretty tough climbing, including an 800-vertical grunt over 1.5 miles.
Ride 2: a downhill flight from the top of the Nebo Loop road via the Blackhawk Trail. Reconnecting to the road is done at Trail 107 (6 miles downhill) or via Black Canyon (10 miles, one-way). Ride back up the Nebo Loop Road, or use a shuttle. This ride is for adverturous sorts -- the trail can be narrow and technical.
Riding notes, Holman-to-Lizard Loop:
0.0   Start down the DT, R on ST
        N 39 53.824' W 111 39.324'
0.6   Trail takes a hard R; don't follow faint fork L
        N 39 53.458' W 111 39.513'
2.2   In meadow, fork R uphill
        N 39 53.443' W 111 40.595'
        Pass old steam engine
2.4   Caution! trail forks R - don't follow main creekbed!
3.8   Top of ridge after difficult climb
        N 39 54.070' W 111 40.743'
        Cross road to Lizard Lake Trail
4.8   Fork R on Rock Springs Trail
5.1   Keep R (L = Schram Creek Trail)
6.0   Fork R at Tie Fork (Frank Young Canyon)
7.7   Road, left over cattle guard, then to car!

Downhill notes (still working on this one!):
0.0   Start down the DT, R on ST
        N 39 53.824' W 111 39.324'
0.6   Trail takes a hard R; don't follow faint fork L
        N 39 53.458' W 111 39.513'
2.2   In meadow, keep straight at fork (R=uphill)
        N 39 53.443' W 111 40.743'
        (Go visit the steam engine uphill if you want)
Approx mile 6, trail forks N 39 51.62' W 111 40.69'
        R 0.5 to join Loop road N 39 51.95' W 111 41.10'
        L to continue down
Approx mile 9, fork R up Black Canyon
        N 39 50.64' W 111 40.70'
        2.5 mi to Loop Rd N 39 50.57' W 111 43.144'
        (L = to Nebo Creek Road)

Getting there:  Going south, take the Payson exit 250 from I-15 and turn left. Head into Payson on U-115 to the traffic light, then turn left (100 North, U-198). About 1/3 mile later, at the top of a small hill, turn right at 600 East. Set your odometer now! Keep going up Payson Canyon. At mile 14, keep straight past the fork to Blackhawk Campground. About two miles later, watch for a pullout on your left, just before a cattleguard. The doubletrack heading south (perpendicular to the road) is the beginning of the trail. GPS N 39 53.860' W 111 39.324'. (The return trail from the loop is on the right side of the road, just past the cattleguard.)

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Trail conditions change, and the layout of a trail may change without notice. Use this trail guide at your own risk.