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Logan Canyon Road
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Logan Pass Road
Logan Canyon Road
Highway 318 at Logan Canyon Road (view WW)

Overview

Logan Canyon Road is a fairly well maintained dirt road that normally is suitable for 2WD-HC vehicles. The road starts along Highway 318 in Hiko and runs northwest up a desert bajada into Logan Canyon. After passing through the Mt. Irish Archaeological District and by the ghost town of Logan, the road narrows and climbs steeply into a Pinyon-Juniper Woodland and eventually onto Logan Pass on the crest of the Mount Irish Range. Descending the other side, the road passes Rosie's Mining Cabin (an historic log cabin) and an old mine site, then descends out of the forest to end in the desert at an intersection with Wild Horse Valley Road.

Logan Canyon Road provides sightseers spectacular scenery and access to remarkable archaeological and cultural sites.

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Logan Pass Road
Highway 318 at Logan Canyon Road (view W)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this road is pretty safe, but be sure that your vehicle is in good working condition, carry plenty of water (radiator and drinking), and pack a lunch. Always drive carefully; even though the road is well maintained, there are occasional hazards such as errant boulders in the roadway. Beyond the archaeological district, the road narrows and becomes much rougher.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This road goes into remote areas, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work.

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Getting to the Road

Logan Canyon Road is located in the east-central part of Basin and Range National Monument, about 1-1/2 hours (110 miles) northwest of Las Vegas driving directly, or about 4 minutes (3.2 miles) north of the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318.

From Las Vegas, drive north on Interstate-15 21 miles to Highway 93. Turn left onto Great Basin Highway (Hwy 93) and top off the gas tank if necessary. Drive north past the towns of Alamo (95 miles from Las Vegas) and Ash Springs (102 miles) to the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318 (107 miles). Gasoline is available in Alamo, Ash Springs, and Lund, but not Rachael.

Turn left onto Highway 318 and drive west then north on Highway 318 for 3.2 miles to Logan Canyon Road on the left. The intersection is not marked, but watch for a wire gate on the left.

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Departing Highway 318

The Road

From the pavement (Table 1, Site 1130), Logan Canyon Road runs northwest as it gently climbs the desert bajada towards Mt. Irish in the distance.

At about 0.8 miles out, a road forks hard to the right, but the main road clearly continues straight. Along this part of the road, the road surface usually is in good shape and drivers can keep up a good speed, but watch for errant boulders turned up by graders and potholes where boulders were dug up but the holes not filled in.

At about 6.4 miles out, the road passes rocky outcrops on the right and enters the Basin and Range area. In this area, the landscape feels more like a broad canyon rather than a bajada.

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At about 6.8 miles out, the road forks (Site 1131). Logan Canyon Road curves left, while Silver Canyon Road stays straight (right). Silver Canyon Road runs northwest to the original mining area that drew the first settlers to this part of Nevada.

Staying on Logan Canyon Road, a few yards past the fork, the first Mt. Irish Petroglyph Site sign sits on the right side of the road. About 100 yards farther, a wide spot in the road (Site 1132) permits parking and a short trail south to Echo Rock, the first of the petroglyph sites.

Continuing, the road becomes narrower and more winding as it runs westward and then bends more to the southwest following along the base of a rock hill. Here, the road often is washed out, and one rocky step (7.1 miles out) sometimes is sufficient to require 2WD-HC vehicles.

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At about 7.6 miles out, a side road (Site 1133) to the left provides cherry-stem access into the Mt. Irish Wilderness Area. Continuing straight on the main road, the road eventually bends a bit to the right to run more northwest.

At 8.6 miles out, the road passes a parking area (Site 1134) on the right adjacent to a rock pile, at the front of which is the second Mt. Irish Petroglyph Site sign. This is the Paiute Rock rock art site.

Continuing, at about 9.0 miles out, Shaman Road (Site 1135) forks left and leads to the Shaman Hill (Site 1136) and Shaman Knob (Site 1137) rock art sites. As with the two previous rock art sites, these two are remarkable, but the road dips steeply through two washes that scrape front bumpers and tailpipes, so it might be best to walk the 0.2 miles from the main road.

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Beyond Shaman Road, Logan Canyon Road degrades somewhat and becomes more steep. At about 9.2 and 9.3 miles out, side roads right run north and join, but the main road continues straight.

At about 9.7 miles out, Logan Townsite Road (Site 1592) forks to the left while the main road stays right. Logan Townsite Road runs about 0.3 miles southwest to the ghost town of Logan, a mining town that was established in 1866, grew to a population of 300, and was abandoned in 1869.

Continuing, Logan Canyon Road bends northwest. At about 9.9 miles out, a side road hard to the left runs back to Logan Townsite, while the main road continues straight (bending right). This side road is not the preferred route to Logan.

Logan Pass Road

At this point, the road narrows and begins to steeply climb towards Logan Pass on the skyline to the west. The road runs up the canyon bottom where there can be some washout issues, but eventually the road climbs onto side slopes and improves. In this area, the road is shaded by Utah Juniper and Singleleaf Pinyon, a forest of the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland.

At 11.6 miles out, the road arrives on Logan Pass (Site 1590). Views from the pass are grand, especially to the east where Hiko is visible in the valley bottom and a series of mountain ranges disappear into the distance. This is also the trailhead for Mt. Irish (about 1-3/4 miles north) and Peak 7564 (about 3/4 miles south), the highpoint in the Mt. Irish Wilderness Area. Views west down the canyon are relatively short, as Monte Mountain (7957 ft) in the Timpahute Range dominates the landscape.

Running down the west side of the pass, the road remains narrow and steep, with some surprising drop-offs along the edge of the road. The road is also somewhat rocky, but remains suitable for 2WD-HC vehicles when dry.

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At 12.3 and 12.4 miles out, short side roads right make a 0.3 mile loop through the Rosario Arcurio Mine area where silver, lead, copper, and gold were mined (Nevada State Inspector of Mines, 1919).

At 12.5 miles out, the road passes the Logan Road Log Cabin (Site 1591), on the left. This remarkable log cabin was built by hand in the 1860s and visitors can see how the logs were hewn by hand.

Continuing, the road passes side roads to the left (13.4 and 13.5 miles out). Judging from aerial photos, these might have been logging roads that produced timber for the Crescent Spring Lumber Mill, near the bottom of the valley.

The road drops out of the trees and runs into desert scrub vegetation, eventually ending at a 4-way intersection (Site 1582; 15.4 miles out). Here, Wild Horse Road runs straight and right, while the road left runs up to the Crescent Spring Lumber Mill.

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Approaching Archaeological District (view W)
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Stay left on Logan Canyon Road (view NW)
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Sign announces the Archaeological District (view NW)
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Archaeological District sign (view NW)
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Echo Rock parking area (wide spot in the road; view W)
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Echo Rock (view S from Logan Canyon Road)
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Logan Canyon Road begins to narrow (view W)
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This spot can stop sedans (view SW)
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This spot can stop sedans (view SW)
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Beyond the rough spot, the road is fine again (view W)
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Approaching left turn to wilderness access road (view W)
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Logan Canyon Road at Wilderness Access Road (view W)
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Wilderness Access Road (view SW from Logan Canyon Rd)
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Continuing on Logan Canyon Road (view W)
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Approaching Paiute Rock (view W)
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Paiute Rock parking area (view W)
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Paiute Rock and second BLM sign (view W)
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Paiute Rock and second BLM sign (view W)
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Logan Pass Road at Shaman Hill Road (view NW)
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Logan Pass Road at Shaman Hill Road (view NW)
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Continuing on Logan Pass Road (view NW)
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Stay right at fork; Logan Ghost Town left (view NW)
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Logan Pass Road gets steep (view W)
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Logan Pass Road gets steep and narrow (view NW)
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The grade eases (view NW)
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Approaching Logan Pass (view S)
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Visitor at Logan Pass (view SE)
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Hiko Valley (view SE from Logan Pass)
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Tempaiute Range (view W from Logan Pass)
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Tempaiute Range (view W from Logan Pass)
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Continuing over Logan Pass (view W)
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Descending past Logan Pass; some parts are steeper (view W)
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Approaching Rosie's Mining Cabin (view W)
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Rosie's Mining Cabin with snow (view W)
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Continuing down Logan Canyon Road (view SW)
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Continuing down Logan Canyon Road (view SW)
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Approaching Wild Horse Valley Road (view SW)
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Intersection with Wild Horse Valley Road (view SW)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27). Download highway GPS waypoints (gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1130 Hwy 318 at Logan Cyn Rd 37.56657 115.23051 3,844 0.00 0.00 Yes
1131 Logan Cyn Rd at BLM Sign #1 37.60538 115.34220 5,169 6.80 6.80 Yes
1132 Logan Cyn Rd at Echo Rock TH 37.60539 115.34342 5,185 0.10 6.90 Yes
1133 Logan Cyn Rd at Ash Cliff Rd 37.60327 115.35610 5,368 0.70 7.60 Yes
1134 Logan Cyn Rd at Paiute Rock 37.60610 115.37231 5,651 1.00 8.60 Yes
1135 Logan Cyn Rd at Shaman Rd 37.60820 115.37670 5,746 0.30 8.90 Yes
1136 Shaman Rd at Shaman Hill 37.60688 115.37767 5,767 . . Yes
1137 Shaman Rd at Shaman Knob 37.60656 115.37755 5,734 . . Yes
1592 Logan Cyn Rd at Logan Town Rd 37.61111 115.38902 6,118 0.70 9.60 Yes
1593 Logan Townsite 37.60917 115.39257 6,076 . . Yes
1590 Logan Cyn Rd at Logan Pass 37.62682 115.40805 7,196 2.00 11.60 Yes
1591 Logan Cyn Rd at log cabin 37.63062 115.42017 6,779 0.90 12.50 Yes
1582 Wild Horse Rd at Logan Cyn Rd 37.61120 115.46137 5,788 2.90 15.40 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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