Slickrock Trail

Torrey, Utah

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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.
100 Hikes in Utah

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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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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Torrey
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,020 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours to 2 days
Season: March to May, September to early November
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Teesdale Ranger District
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Fish Lake, North and Central Capitol Reef
Driving Directions: Directions to Slickrock Trail

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