The main road into Wood Canyon heads south through some amazing country on a OK back country road. About 1/2 mile south into Wood Canyon, the road goes through a creek bed and through a cattle gate (close gate). Some dacite vitrophyre layer can be observed in the creek bed left of the road/trail before the gate (black silicious igneous layer). Use the topo map to guide yourself past the gate. You can get into the White Canyon Wilderness area, and this area is a mix of USFS and BLM land.
Past the gate, the canyon walls narrow and there the main creek goes left and the road goes right. The road to the right goes to a spring and some prospect pits (perlite?). The trail to the left is cattle trail that can lead to Crucifix tank, Black Hills tank, Whitewate spring, or Wood Canyon wilderness if you have the will and orienteering skills to do so. The trail to the right dead ends towards the prominent butte, but an advance rough backcountry hike up the drainage to the west can lead you to Telegraph Canyon for a loop route.
The geology in Wood Canyon shows the Picket Post volcanic series of rhyotlic basalts, flows, and tuffs (perlite flow too).
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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