Little Hole National Recreation Trail

Vernal, Utah

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Right when you’re about to stow away the bike and wax the skis, head to Flaming Gorge to squeeze in one last alpine ride on the Little Hole National Recreation Trail along the Green River. “Why wait,” you say? Because the trail is closed to bicycles from April to September to allow uncontested river side access for the large numbers of anglers. Your patience will be duly rewarded when you ride this fun-loving trail along the banks of this blue-ribbon hatchery. Pack along a pole and hook your quota of trout, or try to snatch one bare-handed as schools team up in the calm, bank-side eddies just a few feet from the path. The route begins at the base of a colossal slab of concrete called Flaming Gorge Dam. As you sneak away from the monstrosity of water retention, it’s just you, the Green River, and 1,000-foot-deep Red Canyon. John Wesley Powell floated these gentle rapids in 1869 as he embarked on his legendary expedition to the Grand Canyon. You’ll shadow rafters who are content with replicating only a fraction of the journey. Tread: Dirt and rock singletrack.
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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Right when you’re about to stow away the bike and wax the skis, head to Flaming Gorge to squeeze in one last alpine ride on the Little Hole National Recreation Trail along the Green River. “Why wait,” you say? Because the trail is closed to bicycles from April to September to allow uncontested river side access for the large numbers of anglers. Your patience will be duly rewarded when you ride this fun-loving trail along the banks of this blue-ribbon hatchery. Pack along a pole and hook your quota of trout, or try to snatch one bare-handed as schools team up in the calm, bank-side eddies just a few feet from the path.

The route begins at the base of a colossal slab of concrete called Flaming Gorge Dam. As you sneak away from the monstrosity of water retention, it’s just you, the Green River, and 1,000-foot-deep Red Canyon. John Wesley Powell floated these gentle rapids in 1869 as he embarked on his legendary expedition to the Grand Canyon. You’ll shadow rafters who are content with replicating only a fraction of the journey. Tread: Dirt and rock singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Vernal
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: after Labor Day through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,620 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, 435-784-3445 or 435-789-1181
Local Maps: USGS: Dutch John and Goslin Mtns.
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Hole National Recreation Trail

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