Murphy Trail Loop

HARD 7 reviews
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Murphy Trail Loop is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Canyonlands, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

10.1 miles
1,614 feet




nature trips



no shade

Descends into canyon, crosses Murphy's Hogback to White Rim Road, then returns via Murphy Wash.

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 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.

8 months ago

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

8 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.

3 months ago

5 months ago