Powell Point

Escalante, Utah

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The salient of Powell Point is as distinct as the nineteenth-century geologist and western explorer after whom it was named. Its stately presence and ocean liner profile can be seen from great distances throughout the region. But the point is more than another of the many lofty vantages that terminate the wavering edge of southern Utah’s High Plateaus. It is a titanic viewpoint from where the Great Architect oversees his handiwork in the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument. Geologist Clarence E. Dutton, John Wesley Powell’s protégé, wrote of the terminus in his 1880 report Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah as “. . . the aspect of a vast Acropolis crowned with a Parthenon. Such glorious tints, such keen contrast of light and shade, such profusion of sculptured forms, can never be forgotten by him who has once beheld it. This is one of the grand panoramas of the Plateau Country . . .” A short and long version of this ride caters to novice-intermediate bikers and advanced bikers. Regardless of the route taken, all will cross the forested crest of the Table Cliff Plateau on a rolling doubletrack and then take a spirited singletrack to the point. There you’ll find a stunning view that has captured the souls of travelers for a century and a half.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The salient of Powell Point is as distinct as the nineteenth-century geologist and western explorer after whom it was named. Its stately presence and ocean liner profile can be seen from great distances throughout the region. But the point is more than another of the many lofty vantages that terminate the wavering edge of southern Utah’s High Plateaus. It is a titanic viewpoint from where the Great Architect oversees his handiwork in the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument. Geologist Clarence E. Dutton, John Wesley Powell’s protégé, wrote of the terminus in his 1880 report Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah as “. . . the aspect of a vast Acropolis crowned with a Parthenon. Such glorious tints, such keen contrast of light and shade, such profusion of sculptured forms, can never be forgotten by him who has once beheld it. This is one of the grand panoramas of the Plateau Country . . .”

A short and long version of this ride caters to novice-intermediate bikers and advanced bikers. Regardless of the route taken, all will cross the forested crest of the Table Cliff Plateau on a rolling doubletrack and then take a spirited singletrack to the point. There you’ll find a stunning view that has captured the souls of travelers for a century and a half.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 21
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Late May through October.
Trailhead Elevation: 8,200 feet
Top Elevation: 10,260 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Escalante Ranger District, 435-826-5400
Local Maps: USGS Griffin Point, Pine Lake, Sweetwater Creek, and Upper Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Powell Point

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