Hells Backbone Trail

Boulder, Utah

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This easy trail provides a wonderful, relaxing drive through some incredibly scenic country, which culminates at the spectacular Hells Backbone Bridge. The long and winding trail is graded gravel for its entire length, making it passable for passenger cars in good weather. It leaves from the edge of Escalante and steadily climbs into the Dixie National Forest, winding around the edge of the Box–Death Hollow Wilderness area. The two main access points for hikers to enter the wilderness area depart from this route. The trail also connects to Posey Lake Road. Special Attractions: Historic Hells Backbone Bridge; Panoramic views over the Box–Death Hollow Wilderness; Aspen viewing in the fall. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This easy trail provides a wonderful, relaxing drive through some incredibly scenic country, which culminates at the spectacular Hells Backbone Bridge. The long and winding trail is graded gravel for its entire length, making it passable for passenger cars in good weather. It leaves from the edge of Escalante and steadily climbs into the Dixie National Forest, winding around the edge of the Box–Death Hollow Wilderness area. The two main access points for hikers to enter the wilderness area depart from this route.

The trail also connects to Posey Lake Road. Special Attractions: Historic Hells Backbone Bridge; Panoramic views over the Box–Death Hollow Wilderness; Aspen viewing in the fall. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Boulder
Distance: 36.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: June to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,700 feet
Top Elevation: 9,200 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Escalante, Wide Hollow Reservoir, Posey Lake, Roger Peak, Boulder Town, Escalante
Driving Directions: Directions to Hells Backbone Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/26/2012
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I would not call this easy and relaxing. Because of the wash board surface of the road and the angle of the road way, it was easy to start bouncing in the curves. The views made it all worthwhile. This trail is much better than Posey Lake. We did both today.



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