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Alcove Spring Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,476 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

cave

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

no dogs

After a short distance the trail descends steeply for around 1.5 miles and 1,000 ft, the trail flattens out until you get to a dry, sandy gravel river bed which you follow until you get to the Moses & Zeus Trail

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

The first mile of this trail is, in my opinion, very dangerous because it is poorly marked. Once you are in the canyon though it is very easy (you can either follow the dry creek bed or the sometimes noticeable trail).

hiking
rocky
scramble
Thu May 09 2019

Much of the first part of this trail is poorly marked and occasionally dangerous.

hiking
Fri Apr 05 2019

Should definitely be rated difficult - not moderate. The descent is very steep and much of the trail has been knocked out by rock slides though people have since put cairns in to help guide (just the footing is tough). Despite that the views from the valley floor at spectacular- both up the 1,500 rock faces and around at the geological layers, incredible diversity of rocks in the wash, and at the surprising diversity of plant and animal life all around. Much of the hike is in the wash which is an amazing feeling too as the size and shape of the walls of the wash vary dramatically. We were the ONLY people on this trail so you really get the feeling of wilderness - so rare in many national parks - as you explore

hiking
rocky
snow
Mon Feb 18 2019

This trail should be rated as difficult because in the winter time the snow makes the steep descent into the canyon super sketchy. This trail is awesome though and I’d totally recommend it to anyone in canyonlands. Only saw 2 people the whole time.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Down into the Canyon and then back up. Beautiful!

Mon Jun 04 2018

I would rate as difficult as you must climb out the canyon. Absolutely gorgeous hike , didn't see anyone at all on the Saturday over Memorial Day weekend. A surprising amount of life! Amazing views.

hiking
Sun May 06 2018

Not the easiest wander. 1300 drop-which means after 10 Miles you have a 1300 climb out. But , honestly, worth it. Lizards, birds, cactus. A great way to see the south without the crowds of arches.

backpacking
Wed Mar 28 2018

Beautiful views. It is a strenuous climb out of the canyon.

Tue Apr 03 2012

I entered at Alcove Spring at 3:00 PM and hiked to Moses and Zeus. Turning down the Canyon (east) toward Upper Taylor Canyon for my first night's camp in a side wash off the mail trail. I was the only person with a backcountry permit in the whole zone. No people anywhere - and no water either. Ditched my pack the next morning to explore Moses and Zeus and the whole area was gorgeous in the morning light. Went about a mile up The Big Draw on my way down the jeep road. Another interesting canyon, but similar to what you have already seen at that point. Hiked to the Syncline site (reserved at the backcountry office). Great sunset and an excellent setting. Full moon made for fantastic night shots. Only hiked part of the way to the middle of the crater because several people said it was not worth it as the view was better from my campsite. Exited through the northeast side of the loop (longer and more fun). Challenging at times, but excellent scenery. The walk back to the car along the road seemed to take forever, but a great loop, overall.

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