FYI: Signs on the lower end of the San Francisco River Road warn that it is "primitive" and "not maintained". Lies! The road was graded, smooth, and do-able in a low clearance car. There is no shade, so this isn't a summer hike unless you plan on swimming in the River.
On an unusually cool and rainy May afternoon, I drove to the end of the San Francisco River Road to see what was up there. What I saw was a beautiful canyon, and a possible hike. Not wanting to waste the opportunity to hike in such perfect weather, I set off down the grade of the abandoned highway project, enjoying wonderful views of the San Francisco River and its colorful canyon walls. Had a great hike.
This may be a dead end hike, but who cares: this is a pretty place!
"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
average hiking speed 2.83 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.