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Owlshead Mountains

    Difficulty: moderate

    Type of hike:
    cross-country and gravel wash

    Distance:
    7 miles to upper Through Cyn, 16 mile loop to return via Granite Canyon

    Elevation gain:
    1900 feet

    Water: no

    Start:
    Confidence Mill site, 6.6 miles from Ashford Junction on Harry Wade Road

    Vehicle needed:
    high-clearance

    Maps:
    Confidence Hills East and Confidence Hills West 7.5 minute topo.

    Comments:
    The east side of the Owlshead Mountains have several nice canyons for hikers to explore. Through Canyon is one of the largest and passes through to a hidden basin at the heart of the mountains. A small stand of smoke trees are found here. A possible loop trip is return via Granite Canyon.
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