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Old Cowboy Trail gets 'ACE'd'
Some local old timers (really old, like me) may remember the Greenhalgh brothers, Harry and Wilford. They were rough-talking, hard-drinking, skilled-riding original Kanab cowboys, larger than life though their stature was small (under five feet tall).
In the early part of the 20th century, they used and maintained a trail up “Trail Canyon” (the canyon west of the Kanab Creek Dam) to manage their cattle and homestead up on top. The original barbed wire fence they built on top is still visible. Since then, the trail has rarely been used and was “lost” for over half a century.
The local trails group that has been working to establish a trails system around Kanab (Cottonwood, Bunting, K Hill, Toms Canyon, and most recently, Mansard) determined that restoring/rebuilding the trail up and out of Trail Canyon would be a worthy undertaking. Funding for the trail is coming from grants, help from the BLM, and matching funds from the Kane County Recreation and Transportation Special Service District Board.
ACE (American Conservation Experience) was selected to design and construct this trail. ACE is a non-profit organization modeled after the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) of the Depression Era. ACE has deployed a crew of eight young people (age 18-25) who work an 8/6 schedule: eight days straight, then six days off. Professionally trained and supervised, they have almost finished the first phase of the trail. Their hard work is amazing. The trail really is “ACE’d.”
In the fall, an ACE crew will return to complete the grueling work to get out on top, where the vistas are breathtaking – Best Friends and Bryce Canyon to the north, Hog Canyon, Kanab, Jackson Flat Reservoir and Fredonia to the east and south. When finished, the multi-use trail will be about four miles round-trip. The trail will be named “Greenhalgh Trail” to honor Harry and Wilford.
If you’re looking for a new hiking adventure, try this trail. Park near the ATV bridge (on the west side of Hwy 89 across from the Hog Canyon turnoff on the east side). The trail is not yet flagged to the top, but at the halfway point where the ACE trail work ends, if you have the stamina to keep going, just point your nose north in the direction of a white outcropping known as the “shark’s fin.” Once there, head up towards the west to the “paint pots” and you’ll be on top before you know it, breathless. Not because of the hike, but because of the beautiful, breathtaking panoramic views.