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Though a good hike, this is a tough hike to recommend given all of the other amazing hikes in the nearby area. This is a hike I would NOT recommend without a car shuttle. Though the shuttle could be mountain biked, I would not recommend it.
Ok, enough of a disclaimer. With a car shuttle, this is a pleasant stroll down the deep and colorful Cane Wash. Just before the river, a rock art side is visited, then the trail meanders down along the San Rafael River to the exit trailhead.
There is decent primitive camping at the trailhead, or even better, at the San Rafael Campground where the bridge crosses the San Rafael River.
The trailhead starts near the San Rafael Campground To get to the San Rafael Campground, depends on where you are coming from.
To The San Rafael River (6.5 miles / 3 hours)
From the trailhead, simply head down Cane Wash. It is wide and sandy, but soon begins to narrow and a seep generally keeps the canyon floor damp. In wetter times, this can actually have a very small flow.
The canyon winds and deepens. It is about 6.5 miles to the San Rafael River with no obstacles along the way. As the San Rafael River comes into view, keep an eye out on the right for an excellent rock art panel. In addition, keep an eye out on the left for a small window (arch) in the cliff up high.
To The Exit Trailhead (3.4 miles / 1-2 hours)
Follow the well worn San Rafael River trail right (downstream) to the exit trailhead in about 3.4 miles.
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