The Golden Stairs

Hanksville, Utah

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The Golden Stairs Trail was originally built by sheep and cattle ranchers around the turn of the 20th century to facilitate moving their animals from Ernie's Country to the pastures in Elaterite Basin. Today the trail is sometimes used as an alternative way to access Ernie's Country by people who want to avoid the difficult 4WD road through Teapot Canyon. With care 2WD trucks can sometimes be driven to the Golden Stairs Trailhead via Waterhole Flat, but it is almost impossible to get a 2WD vehicle through Teapot Canyon to Ernie's Country. It is only a 0.8-mile walk along the Dollhouse Road from the lower Golden Stairs Trailhead to the Ernie's Country eastern trailhead. Neither trailhead is marked with a sign, but both are well marked with stone cairns. Trail: This is a primitive trail, very steep and rocky in a few places, but it is well marked by cairns.
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)

The Golden Stairs Trail was originally built by sheep and cattle ranchers around the turn of the 20th century to facilitate moving their animals from Ernie's Country to the pastures in Elaterite Basin. Today the trail is sometimes used as an alternative way to access Ernie's Country by people who want to avoid the difficult 4WD road through Teapot Canyon.

With care 2WD trucks can sometimes be driven to the Golden Stairs Trailhead via Waterhole Flat, but it is almost impossible to get a 2WD vehicle through Teapot Canyon to Ernie's Country. It is only a 0.8-mile walk along the Dollhouse Road from the lower Golden Stairs Trailhead to the Ernie's Country eastern trailhead. Neither trailhead is marked with a sign, but both are well marked with stone cairns. Trail: This is a primitive trail, very steep and rocky in a few places, but it is well marked by cairns.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,052 feet
Top Elevation: 6,052 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Elaterite Basin
Driving Directions: Directions to The Golden Stairs

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