Escalante Summit Trail

Escalante, Utah

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This trail runs through the Dixie National Forest and provides a more northern, backcountry alternative to the highway between Escalante and Bryce Canyon National Park. It leaves Utah 12, 4 miles west of Escalante, at the sign for Main Canyon Road. The entire trail is a graded gravel road that is suitable for passenger vehicles. For the first few miles, the trail runs through Main Canyon following along Birch Creek. It gradually climbs until it reaches Escalante Summit, the high point of the trail at 9,302 feet. From here, Griffin Road leads north and Barney Top Trail leads south. Special Attractions: Access to a network of trails in the Dixie National Forest; Interesting drive down two different canyons; Backcountry camping opportunities. 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 trail runs through the Dixie National Forest and provides a more northern, backcountry alternative to the highway between Escalante and Bryce Canyon National Park. It leaves Utah 12, 4 miles west of Escalante, at the sign for Main Canyon Road. The entire trail is a graded gravel road that is suitable for passenger vehicles. For the first few miles, the trail runs through Main Canyon following along Birch Creek.

It gradually climbs until it reaches Escalante Summit, the high point of the trail at 9,302 feet. From here, Griffin Road leads north and Barney Top Trail leads south. Special Attractions: Access to a network of trails in the Dixie National Forest; Interesting drive down two different canyons; Backcountry camping opportunities. 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: Escalante
Distance: 21.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,100 feet
Top Elevation: 9,500 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Flake Mount East, Sweetwater Creek, Griffin Point, Wide Hollow Reservoir, Panguitch, Escalante
Driving Directions: Directions to Escalante Summit Trail

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