Trail with no name
This is not officially listed as a trail but I have seen it referred to enough times that it deserves a name, maybe not trail status but at least Route. This route starts at Lyle Creek where Lyle Canyon Road crosses it for the last time if coming in from the north. This Route connects Lyle Canyon Road to the Lyle Canyon Trail. I think this route is important because it is the easiest route to connect up with the Huachuca Peak Trail. Also it is such a pleasant walk up a creek with Sycamore and giant Juniper trees. Would be a great fall hike or early spring when the creek is running but not too full. For a trail that’s not a trail it is easy to follow and appears to get a lot of use by both horses and hikers.
The starting point for this route is along the Lyle Canyon Road. Coming in from the north it is where Lyle Canyon Road crosses Lyle Creek for the last time. On the south side of the creek is an area for parking. Pass through the gate and start walking upstream. It won’t be long before you start seeing a trail off to the side and paralleling the creek. This will be the norm for this route, the trail follows alongside the creek, crossing often and very seldom staying in the creek bed. When the route comes to the creek look on the other side for where it comes out (a few times it comes out on the same side). Lyle Canyon narrows about 0.3 miles before the junction with the Lyle Canyon Trail. The rule for this route is to stay in or near the creek bed. I was so into watching for a trail that at about 200 yards from the end of the route I saw a fairly good trail that headed off to the right (south) and I followed it. Took me down a rabbit hole, Maybe I should say up, I’m not sure where this trail goes but I followed it 150 feet up a hill before I realized this is not where I want to be. Don’t do that stay near the creek. Once at the Lyle Canyon Trail it is 0.7 miles to the Huachuca Peak Trail if that’s your destination.
There are some very large Juniper Trees some living and some that have long ago gave up the ghost. Sycamore Trees are sprinkled throughout the canyon and make for great picture taking. Choosing the right time to do this canyon will also add to the adventure; Creek running but not too full, Sycamore trees in full green or in fall changing colors. Junipers aren’t an issue they are great any time of year.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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