Hole-In-The-Rock Trail

Escalante, Utah

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This very long trail is mainly contained within the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, with the final few miles traveling through the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The trail gently slopes down for most of its 53 miles, passing across several benches and flats. The graded dirt or gravel road can be very washboardy—it depends on how recently the last grader went down. There are a couple of sandy wash crossings and some slightly uneven road surfaces, particularly as you climb out of the wash crossings, but in dry weather all but the last 5.3 miles is suitable for a passenger vehicle. These last miles are for high-clearance 4WDs only—don’t even think about attempting it in anything else! 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 very long trail is mainly contained within the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, with the final few miles traveling through the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The trail gently slopes down for most of its 53 miles, passing across several benches and flats. The graded dirt or gravel road can be very washboardy—it depends on how recently the last grader went down. There are a couple of sandy wash crossings and some slightly uneven road surfaces, particularly as you climb out of the wash crossings, but in dry weather all but the last 5.3 miles is suitable for a passenger vehicle. These last miles are for high-clearance 4WDs only—don’t even think about attempting it in anything else!

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: Escalante
Distance: 53.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Maps: USGS Escalante, Dave Canyon, Tenmile Flat, Seep Flat, Sunset Flat, Basin Canyon, Big Hollow Wash, Blackburn Canyon, Sooner Bench, and more
Driving Directions: Directions to Hole-In-The-Rock Trail

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