Unlike nearby Chute Canyon you will find some down climbing and narrower slot sections within the walls of Crack Canyon. It is a good idea if you bring your dogs to have harnesses on them and some rope to help ease them over some obstacles. Remember unless you plan to make this a large, 16+ mile, loop hike with Chute Canyon then this is an out and back trail. In other words, anything you climb down you will climb back up.
Follow the link here to access Google Maps driving directions to this trailhead. Keep in mind that once you cut through the reef of the eastern San Rafael Swell you will need a high clearance vehicle. Our Mazda CX-5 got us there just fine with AWD and 8.5 inches of ground clearance. Be advised that the road is significantly more difficult to drive when wet or recently after rain.
The parking area is essentially just a small pull out on the side of the dirt road with a small sign indicating Crack Canyon.
The trail begins just past the sign off of the pullout. The very beginning follows a dirt road.
You will very shortly reach a wash and continue hiking in that towards the canyon as the walls start arising on either side.
I love hiking through canyons where there is zero vegetation but a single tree. Usually thriving right smack in the middle of an enviroment that the earth churns everything around it each time it rains but this one living tree.
As you approach the canyon you will come to your first slot canyon that has its own short of roof on it almost.
This front section was my favorite section of the canyon because the rock patterns and slot were so neat. If you didn't want a full-fledged hike you could just check out this one spot. I believe it would be around 1.5 miles round trip just to go this far.
After this, you will start approaching drops in the canyon. We used a leash clipped to the back of Ghundor's pack to help lower him or pull him up the larger drops.
Here are two map views of Crack Canyon. I hope you get to explore this and Chute Canyon some day!