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This is NOT an easy trail! In the first mile and a half you'll climb over 800 feet with some steep grades. Nonetheless this is a challenging trail that rewards you with awesome views. Be aware this is a rocky vehicle trail and wear the appropriate shoes/boots.

Great trail!

off road driving
8 days ago

This was a really fun trail. I took my Wrangler up recently and enjoyed the varied types of trail, from rutted dirt, high-banked corners, to super rocky roads, it was a little bit of everything. Definitely not for a non-4x4, but it wasn't difficult, it was just really fun. The Jeep loved it and handled it like a dream, as I imagine most competent off-road capable cars would. The view up top was pretty amazing. I would definitely recommend this trail.

Easy to get to in our Toyota Tundra even after recent rain. I think you could easily get to it in an all wheel drive vehicle if you go the conventional way. You for sure need a more high clearance 4WD vehicle to take the other road.
We LOVED this hike. We passed one other person on the way out.
We didn't have a problem following the trail, and the weather was perfect mid October.
I could see how this would be a hot hike on a sunny day, as there isn't much shade.
Will do this again for sure!

off road driving
9 days ago

Fairly easy dirt trail drive. The trail rides along steep drop-offs for 40%-50% of the trail. We did the trail on Oct 7th and there was about an inch of snow covering the trail up towards the peak and it was windy but all was great. We were also in the clouds so visibility wasnt great. The views with the colorful trees were amazing!

Agreeing with the other poster about this trails rating. Once you cross the river, around the bend there is a rough spot with a lot of boulders. We went while it was wet, and there was no way for us to make it without mud tires. 3 of the 4 keeps behind us turned around and went another route. It is a beautiful, rocky ride. Very heavily travelled and several with trailers beyond where they shouldn’t have been. Most everyone is courteous.

off road driving
18 days ago

Parts of the trail were quite sandy but we made it. Never found the tunnel, we did find the dead end sign referenced in another comment, we drove down that part of the trail for a while then went on foot. My expert hiker brother went ahead and saw what he believed was the tunnel but said it wasn’t passable for my 5 year olds. This part wasn’t exactly kid friendly.

off road driving
27 days ago

This wasn't a difficult trail. Yes, there are parts where the trail is almost all small boulders you are driving over but a stock 4x4 will have zero problems getting to the top.

off road driving
28 days ago

Wow. Just wow.

started around 8 am. Road up to the trail is rough, so dont go without the proper vehicle. On the way up, we only ran into one jeep. Hike up is fine, not too tough but nothing special. The fall scenery once you get to the lake is amazing though. ATVs on the way back down around 1030 ish, but not too bad.

scenic driving
29 days ago

Awesome trail, I drove up to the top with my ram 1500. There are some parts I get pretty sketchy. I’ll do than that the views are amazing.

off road driving
29 days ago

I took a stock 1996 Ford Explorer with decent A/T tires up there, the fall shift is just starting, and you're completely surrounded by greens, oranges, yellows, & reds the entire way up, patience is important and sometimes you're choosing lines through some fairly rocky terrain, but if you have functioning 4x4 and a day to spend away from the city, this trail is an awesome choice.

THIS TRAILHEAD IS INACCESSIBLE UNLESS YOU HAVE A VEHICLE WITH OFF-ROAD CAPABILITIES.

We decided to try this trail on a whim on our vacation and didn’t make it past the first bit of the dirt access road. I just thought I would make it very obvious here since that is one of the more important pieces of information I look for in comments, and it was easy to skim past or underestimate in other comments.

off road driving
1 month ago

Very cool trail to start with when visiting Moab.

off road driving
1 month ago

We went to visit Canyonlands and stopped at the visitors center because I was interested in some off road trails. The ranger suggested this trail, I have a stock 2010 4Runner, I would recommend a high clearance vehicle even though I can only remember maybe 3-4 spots that required good tire placement to keep your vehicle from bottoming out. Even though all the over looks in the park where awesome, nothing matched up to driving this trail. Family friendly (will be bumpy), took about 2 hours but you’ll want to give yourself more because your going to be stopping a lot. I would consider this an off the grid type trail so be prepared for anything.

off road driving
1 month ago

If you really want to see Canyonlands and have a high clearance vehicle I definitely recommend this trail. Went with my girlfriend in my pro4x frontier. I want to make it clear I have no experience off road driving. I wanted an intro trail that I wouldn’t have to be rock crawling on or doing something that would potentially be harmful to my truck (I’m 2,300 miles from home). This trail was perfect. There are many conflicting reviews but if you want an amazing experience and can handle a little adrenaline, do not pass this up. I drove the Beartooth Highway a week ago and this trail ranks up there with it as one of the top highlights of our trip. There are a few rocky parts where my 9” ground clearance def helped but we also passed an old couple in a sedan coming up past the bad parts. Make sure you ask the ranger if there have been any washouts. No permit needed. Enjoy

off road driving
1 month ago

There’s no motorized vehicles allowed, not an off-road trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Good trail. I wouldn't rate it a Hard though. Any 4x4 could handle it. Only time I needed 4 wheel drive was towards the top because it got pretty steep with semi-loose rocks. Overall still a really fun trail.

Just an amazing ride. Road was in pretty good condition and hardly any rocks with drop offs on the road. Scenery galore and drive under the rock is one of a kind. A lot steeper than I thought it would be.

off road driving
1 month ago

Drove this trail yesterday in an almost stock Wrangler JKU. It’s a very scenic trail, easy in a Jeep, though We did see a 1980’s Chevy van running it as well. The GPS co-ords are wrong for the start of the trail. You need to go to the end of 279 to start.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took my 2018 RAV4 through the trail! Such an awesome drive amazing views! Totally worth it :)

off road driving
1 month ago

Great views of Utah Lake from the top. Target shooting allowed. I would recommend a vehicle with 4L because there are some steep hills that I’m sure would be hard on the brakes without. At the top there are some optional hill climbs but still nothing a vehicle with 4L and good tires can’t do.

I started in Saratoga Springs and drove southwest all the way through the mountains to the desert on the other side. Popped out about 8 miles south of Eagle Mountain. Much less traffic on the west side of the mountain.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing views. Lots of fun if you like driving fast and drifting turns. Although slow down for the blind turns which there are a lot of.

A little sketch in some places with there not being a shoulder and a death plunge off the side of the trail. Barely wide enough to pass in some sections. If you start in Farmington just to get to the top is very easy. I saw several mini vans on my drive. But, if you go south at the top it gets a little bit bumpier. Anything with a little clearance is totally good to go!

Note there is no target shooting allowed in the area. I did see a sheriff on the trail at the top.

I would have given it 5 stars except for all the traffic. Lots of other cars and a ton of ATVs as well.

off road driving
1 month ago

This is just a dirt road not really a trail, this can be done by a stock sedan. Very wide and smooth, the views were good.

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail was amazing, long and scenic. I went June and water was our lifesaver. Bring a lot and be prepared for some bumpy patches. Not recommended for beginners but you can do it.

This is one of my favorite hikes I've done. Went for sunset and brought headlamps to hike back. It's got a little bit of everything and has the perfect amount of challenge. The sandy areas are a bit of a pain, but worth it! We didn't encounter a single person out there (a pleasant surprise). Pay close attention to the cairns though, we got a little turned around.

off road driving
1 month ago

We did this as a first off road trip in a stock JK with BF Goodrich MT, No problem at all and I am not a super experienced off road driver. I highly recommend this trip

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail is a relatively easy off-road drive. The last bit is a tiny bit technical with several tight switchbacks up a cliff face. The views are spectacular.

Incredible trail. Don’t miss it. Drove in FJCruiser, 33” MTs and no problem. There some very high cliffs and steep grades. Watch for the random rocks and dips in an otherwise issue-free trail. It’s in far better shape than the washboard filled trail I remember from 25 years ago.

This time (aug 2018) stayed at Murphy’s B for a night. 1/2 way through the trail and perched atop a plateau. Windy night in our hammocks but wouldn’t have changed a thing. The drive up and down are not for sissies. Hardscrabble and Lathrop Canyon also have their steep spots. 4wd and clearance / AT/MT tires are a must.

My favorite! We stop off at little spots for hikes along the by way.

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