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Grand Junction

Hiking Rough Canyon - Grand Junction Hiking Rough Canyon

Grand Junction

Overview

RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Sun

Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

40 | 31

Mon

Partly sunny, with a high near 40. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

40 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

45 | 30

Wed

A slight chance of snow showers after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 32

Thu

A chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 30

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SEASON: Spring, Fall (Winter if there is little or no snow on the ground) Hot in the summer.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Bring All You Need

Sun

Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

40 | 31

Mon

Partly sunny, with a high near 40. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

40 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

45 | 30

Wed

A slight chance of snow showers after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 32

Thu

A chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 30

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Rough Canyon in late March on a heavy snow winter.

Rough Canyon in late March on a heavy snow winter.

Rough Canyon did not live up to its name! We had read several accounts of Rough Canyon being, well, rough. Slow-going, many obstacles, and not a lot of fun. We, on the other hand, found a lovely hike with a well-defined trail that was easy to follow. It has a small bit of roughness to it, but overall, we really enjoyed it.

The hike descends from the parking area to Rough Canyon, then meanders down Rough Canyon. You can either return the same way, or hike on the Tabeguache Trail Four-Wheel Drive/ATV trail back to the trailhead, making a loop. Either way is charming, and certainly those looking for a shorter hike would be well served by doing an out and back as far as time and energy dictate. I thought the best part of the hike was early on, and easy to visit in an hour or two. The trail had enough obstacles and scenery to keep our 5-year-old mostly motivated and having a good time.

Not far from the trailhead descending into Rough Canyon

Not far from the trailhead descending into Rough Canyon

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