Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails Guide Book

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
Utahand39;s Incredible Backcountry Trails  by David Day

432pp/color photos/maps
ISBN: 0966085833

The diversity of Utah's backcountry is legendary. Situated as it is in the heart of the American West, it combines the rugged splendor of the Rocky Mountains with the colorful sandstone canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the remote deserts of the Great Basin. Add to this the prehistory of the Anasazi and Fremont Indians that lived here a thousand years ago and the historic trails and homesteads of the early Mormon pioneers and you being to understand why the state is so special. Utah's most popular hiking trails are generally located in her five national parks, and they are discussed here in detail. But there are also many fantastic trails in the state's fifteen wilderness areas and other less protected places. Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails will take you there - up the highest peaks, through the redrock canyons, under the natural arches, and past the Anasazi cliff dwellings.

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Trails from the "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 88.
... Preview: Easily accessible from Salt Lake City, the hike to Amethyst Lake and Basin is probably the most popular hike into the rugged, north-slope drainages of the High Uintas. The Uinta Mountains are bisected ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.2
... Preview: Before you begin this hike, pause to examine the small pond near the car parking area. The pond is an oasis in the middle of a largely waterless tableland. Although it was constructed originally by lo ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Mexican Hat, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6
... Preview: This hike is perfect for fishing enthusiasts looking for an extended trip into a high alpine wilderness area. The trail passes by no fewer than nine good fishing lakes, with short side trips leading t ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Duchesne, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 33.5
... Preview: Buckskin Gulch is alleged by many veteran hikers to be the longest, narrowest slot canyon in the world. There are many other narrows hikes on the Colorado Plateau, but Buckskin is exceptional because ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Page, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 20.6
... Preview: The Calf Creek Trail is the highlight of Calf Creek Recreation Area, a delightful desert oasis maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. The canyon is a haven for birds, beaver, and other wildlife, ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: The Candland Mountain Loop offers a fine combination of mountain and canyon hiking, with just enough elevation gain to let you know that you have been on a hike and not just a Sunday afternoon stroll. ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Huntington, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.1 miles
... Preview: If you can stand the high desert temperatures, the Needles District of Canyonlands is a hiker's paradise. The needles themselves are the main attraction. Carved by the wind and the rain from the multi ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 17
... Preview: Chimney Rock Canyon is a long, narrow desert drainage on the northwestern side of Capital Reef National Park. It begins just outside the park on the eastern slopes of Thousand Lakes Mountain and meand ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Torrey, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.7
... Preview: There are literally thousands of mountain lakes in and around the High Uintas. On the 55-square-mile Mirror Lake Quadrangle map alone there are 72 named lakes and several hundred unnamed ones. It is a ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.7
... Preview: Sixty-five million years ago, while forces inside the earth were pushing up the Colorado Plateau, a 100-mile-long wrinkle in the earth's mantle was formed in southern Utah. Thousands of feet of subter ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Torrey, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Canyonlands, the largest of Utah’s five national parks, is neatly split into thirds by the intersection of the Green and the Colorado Rivers. Both rivers have carved thousand-foot-deep canyons through ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.4
... Preview: The Escalante River and its tributaries provide many of the most interesting hikes into the desert canyonlands of southern Utah. Unfortunately the last 30 miles of the Escalante was flooded by Lake Po ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.8
... Preview: One can hardly visit this remarkable canyon without wondering about the dozens of other similar tributaries of Glen Canyon that were flooded by Lake Powell in 1964. Dark Canyon is more than 200 river ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: This is one of those special hikes that has something for almost everyone. The first part of the route follows the old Boulder Mail Trail, a historical trail characterized by wide vistas of slickrock ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Escalante, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20.4
... Preview: Most of the western side of Utah is occupied by an interesting geographical area known as the Great Basin. The Great Basin is a vast, semiarid desert that extends from the Wasatch Front, across Nevada ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
... Preview: Desolation Lake is a popular destination for mountain bikers, so you are bound to see a few of them on this hike. But don’t expect all of them to be riding-there is a 2,000-foot elevation gain from th ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
... Preview: If the strange and wonderful rock formations of southern Utah interest you, you will love this hike. Devils Garden contains eight of the best known sandstone arches in Arches National Park, including ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
... Preview: The prettiest part of the Dog Lake loop is probably the first two miles of the hike, along Butler Fork. Butler Fork meanders northward through a narrow canyon filled with dense groves of quaking aspen ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: Zion National Park is probably the best all around hiking area in the state of Utah. The trails here are very popular, so if it is solitude you are looking for this is the wrong place. But you will ce ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Cedar City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 16.4
... Preview: Among Utah’s serious hikers, the 85-mile-long Escalante River is well known. The small desert river and its dozens of side canyons contain some of the wildest, most scenic desert wilderness in the Uni ... From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.3