Backcountry Adventures: Utah
by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )
© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.
I drove the trail from both directions; first from Bullfrog to Boulder, then back to Notam Road. The road was paved for a few miles on the east end before it turned to gravel. Later turned to "groomed dirt." When I went through, the road had not been graded in a while, so it was like driving over a rough washboard. Even driving at 5-10 mph caused concern that I was about to shake something loose from the truck. But I made the trip without any issues.
There was one stream to cross not too far from the Bullfrog end.
As you drive east from Bullfrog, you will drive along the edge of the Waterpocket Fold. Take time to get out and enjoy the view.
After reaching the stop sign and turning left, you go through the narrowest portion of the trip. You start out through a brushy area that leads into a tight canyon. Could be a challenge if you met an oncoming vehicle in this short section.
This is immediately followed by "the Switchbacks." If you have a fear of heights, it is better to go up them from the east. There is a place to pull off the road near the top of the switchbacks where you can take some really good photos.
After reaching the top of the switchbacks, the drive tames down a lot until you get to Long Canyon. By this time though the road is paved and wide enough for two vehicles in most places. At the end of the canyon, you drive up a steep road that switches back around so you get some nice views back down the canyon. Great place for photos.
If I were to do this drive again, I would do it from Boulder. It seems that a lot of the really good scenery was always over my shoulder coming from the east.
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