Hole in the Rock Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Powell, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.6 miElevation gain223 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle/vessel or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. A short, steep hike to Lake Powell at the end of Hole In The Rock Road, a 55 mile 4WD road. This follows the trail of the San Juan Mission of Mormon Settlers in 1879.

Large parking area. No facilities

The unpaved road starts 4.5 miles east of Escalante on UT 12 and reaches the edge of Glen Canyon after 55.5 miles. The first 15 miles, as far as the Garfield/Kane county line, are almost as good as a regular highway, then the surface deteriorates somewhat and is often severely graded but is fine for normal cars until at least mile 38. After here are 6 steep dry wash crossings, tributaries of Fortymile and Fiftymile Creeks, that may be a problem but still the surface should usually be passable until 5 miles from the southern end; the last section after the Davis Gulch crossing is very rough and for high clearance, 4WD vehicles only.

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Ken Caldwell
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Probably not a hike some would enjoy, but I loved the history on display, along with the views from atop. Don’t underestimate how tough this can be in the summer heat!

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Robert Greer
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The view at the top is deceiving, it didn't look like the lake was that far down, but after climbing down halfway the lake looked even further away, but it's worth it climbing all the way down, and the water was so refreshing before climbing back out. The drive out is a long 3 hr bumpy ride.

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Alex Cabrero
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Hiking

Yes, it’s worth the hike. Yes, it’s a scramble down and a scramble up. And yes, you’ll be smiling when you’re done! From above, the water looks a lot closer than it is. However, when you get to the bottom, it’s pretty awesome. So quiet and peaceful. There are a couple of tricky parts to climb back up, but nothing that can’t be done with some thinking and confidence. Bring at least a bottle of water for the hike back up. Yes, it’s an awesome hike!

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Melinda Luber
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harder side of moderate. several tricky drop down type spots, probably would not bring super short people (i made it ok at 5’). Various routes to get down and up.. was easier to see the best route on the way down, occasionally some anxiety on the way up bc ‘trail’ is harder to determine. But really fun, and great views!

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Connor Yamada
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HikingRockyScramble

Worth the drive out if you're not doing reflection Canyon. Short scramble down to the water with a nice little beach. Definitely a little technical at parts

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Greg Agri
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OHV/Off-road driving

This is an amazing trail with beautiful scenery. You should have a lifted vehicle with lockers and at least 35” tires. Most of the trail is on the sand rocks in Utah that can get a little steep. Totally worth it though. Go with a group just in case something breaks in the trail. Not many places to camp. The Trail is 34 miles in and back. Only really 2 camping places. Total must.

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Martin Shipley
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Greg Nelson
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Hiking

Ok this trail is at the end of a 55 mile 4wd dirt road with washboard and slow going the whole time. The road took us over 3 hours to navigate. Although it seems like this trail is short it is a beast with big drops and bouldering all the way to the lake. Made it down with the scout troop and had a wonderfully refreshing swim in the lake. Hike out was a brutal climb scramble.

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Audrey Hull
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I hiked down this in Jesus sandals. Not a good idea. It was a hard climb down and you are bouldering down the hole time. You have to be careful and wear good shoes for the hike and it will be easier. Floating in the lake was the best part. I don’t see how pioneers got their wagons and horses up this trail.

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Madison Reynolds
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Started from a boat on the lake. The water level was very low so it was a steep, rocky hike. Very beautiful at the top but not an easy climb. Wouldn’t recommend bringing dogs. The rocks get very hot. Well worth it in the end though.

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Serena Hawes
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This was an awesome hike. We started from Lake Powell on a boat and hiked up. Then we hiked back down. It isn’t a marked smooth path though. And the rocks get very hot, painful for dogs little paws so be aware. I felt chills many times as I hiked up to the top. Wonderful history and a bit hard for me but worth it. I loved it.

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Kristen Johnson
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Amazing views, fun hike for the whole family. Take lots of water, the red rocks get very hot.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Its at the end of the Hole in the rock road. Trail leads to the lake. When I went their was about a 10 ft. drop you had to navigate to complete the trail. So this is where I turned around. Still the significance of what the pioneers did made it special. Bring a rope if you want to make it to the lake.

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Melody Baker
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A short, steep hike to Lake Powell at the end of Hole In The Rock Road, a 55 mile 4WD road. This follows the trail of the San Juan Mission of Mormon Settlers in 1879. The best reward is swimming in Lake Powell when you get to the bottom of the trail!

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James Turcato
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Philip Arnold
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Zach Padilla
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Jeff Newbould
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Steve Arnold
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Erich Bargar
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Geri Luciani
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E Mac
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Yves Guye
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Thal Wright
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Candace Magleby
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