Most hikers go up Mara Canyon on a trail knows as “The Hoodoos” or “Cinnamon Ridge.” This unique trail goes up the south-facing slopes then drops into the bottom of the canyon following the dry streambed for a fun route before it opens up below the summit. There is a loop route possible, coming down along the ridge on the east side back to the start. There are other routes, however, and one of my favorites is up the gully to the west. This route is a scramble with only traces of a trail and lots of loose material and steep slopes, but it passes by a number of unusual features. At the bottom is a picturesque standing rock.
The main hike is along the ridge west of the gully, a scenic route with many geological features below on both sides.
There are a number of possible routes to take on the south side of Mount Mara that are easier, but to see some of the wonderful features it may take a bit of scrambling. Safety is always the first priority, so take all the common-sense precautions if you choose to explore this area.