- Daniels Canyon, near Heber
- 5.2 miles (plus 14.8 miles by car)
- 3 1/4 hours
- Elevation Range:
- 6700 feet to 9200 feet
- Elevation Change:
- -2500 feet
- Summer through mid-fall
DescriptionThe Row Bench Trail is a little used hiking trail that connects the upper part of Strawberry Valley to Daniels Canyon, southeast of Heber. Most of the walk is through dense quaking aspen with some Douglas fir. It is very pretty-especially in September when the aspen are changing color.
During the second half of the hike, as you begin to drop down from the ridge separating Strawberry Valley from Daniels Canyon, the forest opens up to some breathtaking views of Daniels Canyon and the mountains beyond. The area is open rangeland, so you may see some sheep. There is also a large population of deer in the area.
Soon after reaching this ridge, the trail crosses to a second ridge separating Center Creek and East Fork Three Forks. It then winds pleasantly along the crest for another 1.5 miles before descending abruptly onto Row Bench. Row Bench is a relatively flat plateau on the side of the mountain, running parallel to and about 900 feet above the Daniels Canyon road. If you listen carefully you may hear the traffic on the road below at this point.
After you reach Row Bench the trail becomes somewhat confusing because sheep grazing on the bench have created other trails, and it is sometimes difficult to tell which trail is which. The correct trail continues in a southwesterly direction to a large clearing near the southern end of the bench, and then turns 90 degrees to a northwest heading. If you are on the correct trail you should see occasional blaze marks on some of the larger aspen trees. About 0.3 mile from the clearing the trail passes through a log fence and begins descending sharply through another small wash towards the bottom of Center Canyon. Finally, 0.5 mile after leaving the bench you will intersect a jeep road at the bottom of Center Canyon. Turn left and follow this jeep road for 0.9 mile, to Highway 40, where your shuttle car is parked.