Pahvant Range Trail

Richfield, Utah

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This moderate-length trail traverses the Pahvant Range between the towns of Elsinore and Kanosh, and it alternately crosses through Fishlake National Forest and private lands. It leaves Elsinore up Albinus Canyon, a gentle gradient on a predominantly graded gravel road. Once on top of the range, the trail swings around to the southwest and the trail standard becomes harder. The trail surface up on the range can be very greasy and impassable when wet, as some large ruts made by previous travelers testify. Navigation can be a bit tricky as well; although most of the forest roads are signed, there are many unmarked tracks. Special Attractions: Albinus and Kanosh Canyons; Access to a network of 4WD and ATV trails; Excellent for viewing wildlife and fall foliage. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. 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 moderate-length trail traverses the Pahvant Range between the towns of Elsinore and Kanosh, and it alternately crosses through Fishlake National Forest and private lands. It leaves Elsinore up Albinus Canyon, a gentle gradient on a predominantly graded gravel road. Once on top of the range, the trail swings around to the southwest and the trail standard becomes harder. The trail surface up on the range can be very greasy and impassable when wet, as some large ruts made by previous travelers testify. Navigation can be a bit tricky as well; although most of the forest roads are signed, there are many unmarked tracks.

Special Attractions: Albinus and Kanosh Canyons; Access to a network of 4WD and ATV trails; Excellent for viewing wildlife and fall foliage. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. 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: Richfield
Distance: 31.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Fishlake National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Elsinore, Joseph Peak, Sunset Peak, Kanosh, Richfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Pahvant Range Trail

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