Lathrop Canyon Trail

Moab, Utah

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This short spur trail drops 500 feet down Lathrop Canyon to finish at the Colorado River. It is the only place on the eastern side of Southeast #2: White Rim Trail where it is possible to get down to the river, and if you have only a limited amount of time, driving the eastern side of the White Rim Trail, including the Shafer Trail switchbacks, as far as Lathrop Canyon makes a pleasant and popular day trip. This trek allows sufficient time to view the Goose Neck and Musselman Arch as well as have a riverside picnic in one day. Special Attractions: Sandy spur trail off the White Rim Trail; Access to the Colorado River; Shady riverside picnicking. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This short spur trail drops 500 feet down Lathrop Canyon to finish at the Colorado River. It is the only place on the eastern side of Southeast #2: White Rim Trail where it is possible to get down to the river, and if you have only a limited amount of time, driving the eastern side of the White Rim Trail, including the Shafer Trail switchbacks, as far as Lathrop Canyon makes a pleasant and popular day trip.

This trek allows sufficient time to view the Goose Neck and Musselman Arch as well as have a riverside picnic in one day. Special Attractions: Sandy spur trail off the White Rim Trail; Access to the Colorado River; Shady riverside picnicking. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,900 feet
Top Elevation: 4,400 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Musselman Arch, Monument Basin, La Sal
Driving Directions: Directions to Lathrop Canyon Trail

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