The Vortex

MODERATE 14 reviews
#4 of 5 trails in

The Vortex is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gunlock, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

scramble

The Vortex features an interesting bowl formed into the sandstone.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Pretty hike

hiking
4 days ago

Fun trail with unique formations and a variety of terrain. We were only able to find the trailhead thanks to this app. The entire trail is unmarked except for carins on the rocky section. We followed footprints in the sand but hiking after a rain would be tricky. Be sure to orient yourself and track your hike on an app. Beautiful scenery and natural trail.

10 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Also known as the "Cowboy Pools" because of the shape of the rock formation. The hike can me more challenging and exciting (and 15 minutes shorter) by climbing up the steep ree rock edge of the vortex rather than going around to the backside.

hiking
4 months ago

I have done this hike a number of times. This hike offers a variety of beautiful scenery. From Lava rock formations to sandstone erosion formations. The end of the hike is very rewarding with the view. The hike itself is not to difficult and is a great option for younger children.

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Fun hike, a little hard to find the trail head. You have to scramble up some sandstone to get to the Vortex, but the Vortex is really cool. Well worth it.