Great report DCZ! Dark Canyon is an amazing looking place from the little I can see from the paved road. I've wanted to ride through there on a DS ever since I first saw it. I've ridden at ether end of this, Comb Ridge area and The Maze in CL. The old Dugway through Comb ridge lends a whole new prespective to the area with a little pucker thrown in.
Next summer I'm hoping to get back there for a ride I've had planned now for awhile. Starts in Bluff, up Butler Wash, crossover 95 & pickup woodenshoe. From there taking DCZ's route through Dark Can, at Hite I'd pick up the main trail north into CL onto the Flint Tr. coming out onto Hwy24 at Hans Flats.