March 31, 2016
The Sand Canyon Trail is only part of the trail system at the Canyon of the Ancients. It is a straight through or out-and-back trail that wanders up one of the main canyons. Most of it is pretty tame, with some slick rock but mostly a very wide natural red dirt trail. Watch for hikers.
We actually went over the ridge to the west, through a saddle about 1.7 miles up the Sand Canyon Trail, to the East Fork Rock Creek canyon. The trail over the saddle had a couple of fairly sketchy parts that quite a few will want to walk. Once in the canyon, the upper end can be pretty technical but won't require too much hike-a-bike for most. The lower canyon and the cross over the lower end of the ridge back to the parking lot is a very nice ride (again, combo of slick rock and red dirt).