Murphy Trail

Moab, Utah

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Hiking the Murphy Trail is an excellent way to gain an appreciation for the wild beauty and expanse of Canyonlands National Park. It is also a good way to sample some of the history of Canyonlands. The trail was built during World War One by the Murphy brothers, who grazed cattle in the area from 1917 until about 1920. When the area became a national park in 1964 prospecting was no longer allowed, but 4-wheeling and bicycling on some of the old roads have become very popular. In particular, the 100-mile-long 4-wheel-drive White Rim Road that circles the Island in the Sky has become one of the parks best known attractions. The middle 1.4 miles of this hike, connecting Murphy Hogback to Murphy Wash, is along the White Rim Road. Trail: Good trail most of the way, but very steep and rocky for a half- mile at the beginning and end. There is no water along the trail.
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)

Hiking the Murphy Trail is an excellent way to gain an appreciation for the wild beauty and expanse of Canyonlands National Park. It is also a good way to sample some of the history of Canyonlands. The trail was built during World War One by the Murphy brothers, who grazed cattle in the area from 1917 until about 1920.

When the area became a national park in 1964 prospecting was no longer allowed, but 4-wheeling and bicycling on some of the old roads have become very popular. In particular, the 100-mile-long 4-wheel-drive White Rim Road that circles the Island in the Sky has become one of the parks best known attractions. The middle 1.4 miles of this hike, connecting Murphy Hogback to Murphy Wash, is along the White Rim Road. Trail: Good trail most of the way, but very steep and rocky for a half- mile at the beginning and end. There is no water along the trail.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,390 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,190 feet
Top Elevation: 6,190 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Monument Basin, Turks Head
Driving Directions: Directions to Murphy Trail

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