100 Hikes in Utah
by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)
The elevations of the various trail access points along the forest roads indicate a gentle drop of only about 600 feet from the highest point, near Oak Creek, to the lowest just south of Grover. However, these elevations are somewhat misleading, as the Slickrock Trail winds its way up ridges and down into drainages and valleys all along the trail and back and forth between two ecozones: the higher characterized by tall ponderosa pine and manzanita, the other by mid-elevation pinyon-juniper forest, cliffrose, and sagebrush.
The terrain varies in composition and color, from yellow-white sands and slickrock to wide green meadows, to orange-red views of the protruding slickrock below at the base of Boulder Mountain flowing into Capitol Reef National Park. There are many options for short to long hikes along the Slickrock Trail. Short, scenic day hikes are possible between any two of the access points, either with a shuttle car or as an out-and-back hike. To hike the entire distance is best done as a 2-day backpack trip with a shuttle vehicle.
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