Notes and Variations:
1. The first mile of the hike follows a wash along the canyon bottom. Stay
in the main canyon the full distance to the top of the canyon.
2. Once you reach the top of the canyon follow a steep ridge. No trail may
be visible for the first couple hundred yards, but then it becomes faintly
visible on the way up the steep ridge and eventually becomes an easily
3. There are a few places where the trail is easy to lose. One such place is
shortly after the hut where the trail drops into and follows a gully for a
hundred yards or so. The other is around 4800 feet, shortly after you
encounter the first yuccas. (There is actually also some ambiguity shortly before
you reach the yuccas.)
4. The trail continues south beyond Slate Benchmark without actually
detouring to hit the top of the peak. The last quarter of a mile of the hike
requires a short and easy off trail stroll up to the peak.
Stockwell Mine - It is possible to begin the hike from the Stockwell Mine
and to hike up the canyon rising to the north
near the Stockwell Mine and intercept the trail when you reach the ridge.
The starting point in this case is only slightly lower than the recommended
Bundy Canyon - Although any of the canyons south from the Stockwell Mine can
be used to get up to the top of the Slate Range, Bundy Canyon provides
sections of trail and a relatively easty way to reach the top of the range.
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