Kimberly and Big John Trail

Richfield, Utah

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This fantastic trail is somewhat reminiscent of a high-altitude Colorado 4WD trail. The Kimberly and Big John Trail takes you high above the surrounding forests on narrow shelf roads, past small alpine lakes and the remains of mining ghost towns, and finishes by dropping through alpine meadows and pine forests to Big John Flat. The well-used trail is suitable for most high-clearance SUVs, and it is mainly ungraded. There are some minor rocky sections and some long sections on the north side of the saddle that could be difficult in wet weather. Special Attractions: Panoramic mountain scenery and views; Moderately challenging high-mountain driving; Old mining remains of Kimberly and the Silver King Mine. 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 fantastic trail is somewhat reminiscent of a high-altitude Colorado 4WD trail. The Kimberly and Big John Trail takes you high above the surrounding forests on narrow shelf roads, past small alpine lakes and the remains of mining ghost towns, and finishes by dropping through alpine meadows and pine forests to Big John Flat. The well-used trail is suitable for most high-clearance SUVs, and it is mainly ungraded. There are some minor rocky sections and some long sections on the north side of the saddle that could be difficult in wet weather.

Special Attractions: Panoramic mountain scenery and views; Moderately challenging high-mountain driving; Old mining remains of Kimberly and the Silver King Mine. 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: 29.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: July to October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: 11,400 feet
Local Contacts: Fishlake National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Marysvale Canyon, Trail Mount, Mount Belknap, Mount Brigham, Shelly Baldy Peak, Richfield, Beaver
Driving Directions: Directions to Kimberly and Big John Trail

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