Lathrop Trail

Moab, Utah

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Most of the trails from the Island in the Sky Mesa to the White Rim Plateau were built during the first part of the last century by ranchers who used the White Rim Plateau as a winter pasture for their livestock. In the case of the Lathrop Trail the rancher's name was Howard Lathrop, a sheep man who moved from Colorado to Utah sometime in the early 1940s. Lathrop's trail was used by him and other sheep ranchers until the 1960s when Canyonlands became a national park. It was also used by uranium prospectors in the 1950s, and several of their mines can still be seen along the trail in upper Lathrop Canyon. Originally the trail extended all the way down Lathrop Canyon to the Colorado River, but the lower part was made into a jeep road around 1953, shortly after the construction of the White Rim Road. The uranium prospectors used the road to obtain water from the Colorado for their mining operations. Trail: Well marked and easy to follow, but very steep and rocky in one area. There is no water so carry plenty.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Most of the trails from the Island in the Sky Mesa to the White Rim Plateau were built during the first part of the last century by ranchers who used the White Rim Plateau as a winter pasture for their livestock. In the case of the Lathrop Trail the rancher's name was Howard Lathrop, a sheep man who moved from Colorado to Utah sometime in the early 1940s. Lathrop's trail was used by him and other sheep ranchers until the 1960s when Canyonlands became a national park.

It was also used by uranium prospectors in the 1950s, and several of their mines can still be seen along the trail in upper Lathrop Canyon. Originally the trail extended all the way down Lathrop Canyon to the Colorado River, but the lower part was made into a jeep road around 1953, shortly after the construction of the White Rim Road. The uranium prospectors used the road to obtain water from the Colorado for their mining operations. Trail: Well marked and easy to follow, but very steep and rocky in one area. There is no water so carry plenty.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Musselman Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Lathrop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/1/2014
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Great hike (following a brief rain/sleet delay) that offers jaw-dropping views and a great workout. Kudos to the Canyonlands trail crews!



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