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off road driving
6 days ago

We have driven this trail many times and it has never disappointed. This trail can be made with a high clearance stock vehicle but there could be some underside contact. Along this road you will see the famous site of where the car went off the cliff from the "Thelma and Louise" movie. As you continue on to the portion that enters Canyonlands National Park, ATV's are no longer permitted. Climbing the switchbacks to the main road in Canyonlands is not for the faint of heart as the overlook is a long ways to the bottom, but the view is amazing.

Nice hike. Agree with the others that suggested just doing the hogback as an out and back instead of the loop through the wash.

on Boulder Mail Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

This will be my favorite backpack memory. I had a blast. did it over 3 days. arrived the first day only did a few miles to the water source. 2nd days went in and out of death hollow all the way to the 3rd canyon where we found water. 3rd day we hiked out. we only saw 2 other people over the whole trip. In death hollow we traveled slowly due to having to cross the river a bunch. also lots of poison ivy. Hard hike out of Death Hollow. The last day was tough too since you have to switch back down a loose rocky trail down to escalante. but I would do this again. not for the faint of heart.

off road driving
1 month ago

Driven twice very fun

backpacking
1 month ago

As the reviewer before me stated, the difficulty is very subjective. It’s as hard as you make it! I carried in 2 gallons of water and still wished I had a little more, but not sure if it’s worth the extra weight! I conserved and took my last sip 100 feet from where I was parked! Remember hole in the rock road is 2 hours of dirt and no services, so make sure you have lots to drink waiting for you in your vehicle! Then hit Nemo’s in Escalante!

Amazing ride through the Canyons and next to the Colorado River. Would have like to had a little more time to run a little ways down the White Rim Trail but that’s another day. Looking forward to it!!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

I have to remember that these reviews are all subjective. I almost decided not to go based on reviews. However, this hike is not hard. I did it in August, 99° weather, and just did it right.

I hiked in at 6 pm. It was still almost 100° but it was mostly in shade. Took me only 3 hours, and the last half hour was in the dark. I found it just fine.

The morning view is worth sleeping on the rocks. Just remember that water is very important. I have a very large bladder for my backpack, and also took my 32 oz hydroflask. It was barely enough.

off road driving
3 months ago

Took the road less traveled for sure. Need 4 wheel drive and patience. Bring water and hopefully you have a/c. Temps reached 103 mid ride.

Next time I’d summit mount tuk first and traverse across to mount Peale.

hiking
5 months ago

We approached the Henry range from the southeast on UT95. If you use your smartphone for mapping, ignore any route with "Granite" in it. We were in a 4WD and that route wasn't much better than a rock path. If you come from the SE, you will want to find Sawmill Basin Rd. Much better road. Also, the Lonesome Beaver campground looked very nice. The hike was nice. Quite exposed. We went all the way to Mt. Ellen Peak, which was very tiring on the return portion.

We did the hike in early June. It was pretty hot. We did the wash first and came back hogback. The wash is really boring. I think the next time we do the hike we just make it an out and back using hogback only. The White Rim Road is okay to hike on, but also not that exciting. The Syncline trail is much better.

Beautiful hike. Best part is once you reach the ridge line and the trail goes away. You are exposed all the way to the summit afterwards. If you are driving to the trailhead in a non 4wd vehicle, take the forest road (0073) which approaches the pass from the east side of the mountain. There is no water once you get on the trail, but there are some small springs and streams which cross the forest road leading to the trailhead. Enjoy and take it easy and stay hydrated if you aren’t used to the elevation.

Awesome trail with spectacular views all around. The drive to the trail head is insane. You definitely need a truck or Jeep to get there - the road is known to pop tires so make sure to have a spare! The hike itself is slightly challenging but doesn’t take long to complete. Well worth the hassle of driving up there!

trail running
5 months ago

It was a challenge for me. I went backpacking for a weekend and it was hard but worth it. I was amazed with the many different views sand.. The weather changed from sun to cloudy, rain, and sunny again. At night the sky was covered with stars. Take a lot of water or a filter.

hiking
5 months ago

Overall a great trip. But the “creeks” on the second half of the trip are small standing water pools. They are very dirty and clogged our filters. We went a full day without water because of that.

Once you get into Death Hallow it’s almost impossible to avoid the poison ivy except to walk through the river. It’s enjoyable, but very slow going in there. The water gets mid-thigh for an average hight guy and about to hips for an average girl. Probably a good idea to water proof your packs incase you fall while hiking through it. And again, leaving death hallow is the last time you have flowing water, so fill up!

There is a TON of elevation change through the entire trail, and the ups and down into the “creeks” are intense! It’s definitely not an easy hike. But lots of changes of scenery and beautiful views.

Beautiful trail to deliver mail! I will definitely be coming back for more. Not an easy hike and plan for lots of poison ivy in the canyon!

Overall it was epic!

Fantastic hike on Easter Sunday with temperatures in low seventies. Definitely not for those afraid of heights. When you get to the rim it’s hard to believe you can hike down to the wash. A ton of fun. We did the loop clockwise, which worked for us as you gain part of the elevation halfway through the loop. A little confusing when white rim trail forks off. GPS feature works great.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Not for those afraid of heights. We decided not to follow the other reviews and head down the hogback and up the wash. I didn't really notice a difference, other than the amazing views hiking out on the ridge. The views the switchbacks were amazing! It was fun scrambling over the rocks down (and back up) the switchbacks. Very unique for even the experienced hikers.

backpacking
8 months ago

Pros. Solitude and some really nice scenery around Death Hollow and Mamie Creek. Lots of available camping options.

Cons. Poor trail the closer you get to Escalante. Mile after mile of really bland scenery, sagebrush and junipers trees.

Overall I doubt I will do this trail again.

A few “cliff hangers” but beautiful view when you get there. Razors had a hard time getting there.

hiking
10 months ago

trail as shown is just the first leg of what's generally done as a one or two overnight with car shuttle, starting by parking near the Boulder Airstrip, hiking cross country to Death Hollow, then hiking down to the Escalante River, back to UT12, and shuttling back to the trailhead

trailhead can be somewhat difficult to find - go to 37°53'23.14"N 111°27'33.20"W near Boulder, off UT12 on the way to Hell's Backbone, turn onto the suspicious looking dirt road, pass the wrecked plane used as a marker http://www.panoramio.com/photo/7139466 and cross the airstrip (watch for incoming planes, almost non-existent) at 37°53'5.64"N 111°27'48.44"W, then continue to trailhead at 37°53'3.16"N 111°27'52.14"W

this trail is not for the faint of heart, and is widely known for poison ivy

off road driving
11 months ago

Easy one nothing technical
Be careful on the shafer trail switchbacks though
Had to complete in the evening aa the next day was reaerved for the White Rim Trail

11 months ago

Yes, like the other review said.. Do the wash first. 3 miles uphill in the sand is no fun,

hiking
11 months ago

The description says to hike the hogback 1st and the wash on the way back, but it think it's better to do the wash 1st. That way the climb back up to the top isn't as bad.

Friday, September 01, 2017

This is a great trail. Beautiful and challenging to the right degree, the ascent at the Canyon Lands entrance is breathtaking. Probably not so much if you have fear of heights, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

off road driving
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Starting around 4pm in August the trail was infrequently trafficked, we only met 1-2 cars coming the other direction in the switchbacks (the only real spot where you're in trouble when you meet a car).

Once you enter the north gate of Canyonlands (about a 35 minute drive from Moab), the turn off is clearly marked just before the visitors center. You will immediately start narrow switchbacks down into the canyon. You may need to reverse back to a corner in some areas if the trail is not wide enough for when you meet a vehicle coming from the bottom. This will continue for about 4 miles or so with stunning views of the canyon. The only thing I would change would be starting this trail in the morning as the canyon faces out east and the light may be better on the rocks as it rises.

After the switchbacks the trail is well marked with signs and Potash Road continues for 14 miles of winding trails following the Colorado River for the majority. Some turn offs along this section provide for photo opp areas that you will not see from the majority of Canyonlands visitors.

Throughout the trail you will need to occasionally navigate around rocky obstacles. You will need 4x4 and at least 8-9" of ground clearance in some spots. We completed the trail easily in a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4. And though I did put it into Rock Mode for an area or two, I found that I probably could have just used the standard 4x4 mode, perhaps with a litter added wheelspin.

Once you get to the bright blue water, you may feel that you're on a different planet, but they are simply evaporation pools for the Salt company of Utah/Moab. You may find yourself passing multiple Hired-Tour company vehicles coming up from Moab but the trail is usually wide enough at this point.

Added bonus, as you leave the trail and join up with the main road heading back to Moab, you'll see a sign advertising Indian Markings, these were very cool 3-8000 year old sketches right on he side of the road, very neat.

Monday, July 31, 2017

I could not find it!!! Can the developers of this app please add exact location description of each trailhead. I made a turn from scenic 12 bypass into road 154 but could not find the trail. Sorry if my rating messes up an otherwise amazing hiking trail:(
I was here on July 30th, 2017. Maybe some reviewers can help with exact location where the trail starts

off road driving
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Incredible scenery and fun little ride back to Moab.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Gorgeous hike, only a little snow up top. Fairly steep at parts, but worth the hike! :)

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

If you like solitude this is a great trail.

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