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Black Gulch and Yellow Knolls Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dammeron Valley, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 639 ft Route type Loop

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David Grawrock
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Yellow knolls section is great. The gulch is a scramble at the bottom of the gulch. No trail just bottom of stream. Was solo so backed out and came back to start on road. Would definitely try again with a partner

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Kristin Stout
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Ann-Michelle Levangie
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

The back half of the loop is a dry riverbed with lots of scrambling. Other parts of the trail are pretty overgrown with foxtails, so I spent a lot of time picking those out of my shoes and socks. Great scenery along the way though.

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Teri Whittenburg
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful flowers and lovely hike. First part of loop very easy. Black gulch much more demanding it was fun for the diversity of scenery yet be prepared for a tougher and slower hike back over rocks and boulders.

Becky Goimarac
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HikingRockyScrambleWashed out

The trek from black gulch parking to yellow knolls parking was amazing! Great views, sandy trail, lots of signs. Then my dog and I crossed the street to Winchester which takes you to black gulch. I should have walked up the road to our car instead! If it was just me it still would have been hard but doable. But I would suggest not going with a dog. We have had a lot of rain this year and the trail was completely washed out. There were cairns for about a mile or so off and on then they were gone. We hiked up the wash the best we could but the boulders were huge and it was a warm day so my pup was over it. I ended up climbing up the 500 plus feet up the mountain to the top (which I don’t suggest) with my dog in my arms. I laugh about it now but it was sketchy!!! We’ve gone on a lot of hikes together and he loves climbing rocks but this was way too much. Do yourself a favor and just hike from one parking lot to the other. Skip the gulch unless you are prepared for huge boulders and LOTS of climbing, scrambling and getting lost!

Karina Escobar
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Robert Rosso
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Hiked from Yellow Knolls parking and looped back on Black Glutch which is a boulder choked wash. Very difficult even going down the wash. Sturdy boots and trekking poles strongly advised.

Judy Claypool
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Hiking

We hiked the Yellow Knolls/Black Gulch loop. The brochure from Red Cliff Desert Reserve says Black Gulch is a "rugged route in rocky wash bottom" It was all that and more. The wash is full of rocks and boulders and you are walking on, up, over and around rocks and boulders. There are several dry waterfalls and we had to backtrack often and look for the best way down. No equipment was needed but we did do a little jumping. A nice surprise was the water sculpted rocks in the narrow section of the canyon. Lots of potholes but only one had water in it and we skirted around it. This trail was hard for us, we took a beating, it took us 2.5 hours to do this 1.7 mile stretch. We did see rabbits and deer on this hike. Our ages are late 60s so you younger folks will probably not have the problems that we did. The rest of the hike on Yellow Knolls trail was much easier and had nice rock formations.

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Pierluigi Zontini
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Kevin Black
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S C
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McKay Sullivan
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Jared Kofoed
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Rin Dierickx
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Robert Rosso
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Jil Baird
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Douglas Walker
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