This spur trail commences at the junctions of FR 088 and FR 091, near the south end of Cottonwood Canyon Trail. The turnoff is well marked, and in dry weather the trail is accessible by high-clearance 2WDs as far as North Long Point. Snowfall is erratic in this region, so the trail may be open longer than the stated dates. This diverse trail winds down through the Manti-La Sal National Forest through stands of aspen and ponderosa pine. A couple of spur trails lead to natural springs in the area. After 6 miles, you reach North Long Point, with its far-reaching views over Dark Canyon Plateau and Canyonlands National Park.
Special Attractions: Diversity of life zones from alpine to arid desert plateau; Good selection of backcountry campsites; Very remote, little-traveled trail. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
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