Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
You can see the highlights of the trail next to the parking lot. The rest is really walking through bushes.
The trail was as adverstised from the trail guide, "Canyon Land National Park, Favorite Jeep and Hiking Trails". My wife and I got a late start on the trail (1030 am)which in July put the temperature in the mid 90's to start. If we had to do it over again, we would have started much earlier.
We usually plan well and in this case, we did have plenty of water, sliced organges and took our time on the trail. We took several breaks in the shade of Juniper or Pinion Pine Trees which were very numerous. The trip took us around 3 1/2 hours, which is more than we expected since we are experienced hikers. The heat was a major factor, which was well over 100 by the time we finished. The high temperature for Moab that day was 107. Another contributing factor, was the strenuous hike the day before in Arches National Park. We had hiked the Devils Garden trail, taking the primative loop trail on the way back to the trail head. Temperatures were again over 100 degrees by the time we finished even though we started early.
Anyway, while on the trail, take the time to explore the springs mentioned in the trail quide. The vegitation also provides shade and the temperature is noticeably cooler. The hardest part of the trail is the 250 foot climb from the canyon up the slickrock to Gray's Pasture. It will leave you gasping if you aren't used to the altitude.
We also liked the water troughs and the evidence of ranching earlier in the 20th century. All in all a wonderful hike with plenty of beautiful scenery.
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