Powell Point

Tropic, Utah

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This 22-mile out-and-back (11 miles each way) leads from Pine Lake Campground, a nice place to overnight, to the top of the Table Cliff Plateau, an extension of the massive Aquarius Plateau. The southern tip of the plateau, Powell Point—also known as Powell’s Pink Point—provides a staggering view of an impossibly huge hunk of southern Utah, as well as of the surrounding states (on a clear day, anyway). The six-mile climb at ride’s beginning is a grind, quite steep in places, but entirely rideable by a reasonably fit cyclist. The ride is rated moderate in both aerobic and technical difficulty. Riding surfaces include graded dirt and gravel, single-track, and four-wheel-drive road twisting through thick woods, with plenty of root drop-offs and, more likely than not, mud holes. To begin you pass through a lush forest of ponderosa pine and spruce; during the later stages, through stands of crooked old bristlecone pine. At 6.5 miles, before turning south onto the four-wheel-drive track, be sure to pedal a couple of tenths up the road to catch the views over the Escalante country. It’s quite a different perspective than that enjoyed at Powell Point. There, at the turn-around, you’ll probably want to put on a jacket for protection against the winds. It’s an unforgettable place to have lunch.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 22-mile out-and-back (11 miles each way) leads from Pine Lake Campground, a nice place to overnight, to the top of the Table Cliff Plateau, an extension of the massive Aquarius Plateau. The southern tip of the plateau, Powell Point—also known as Powell’s Pink Point—provides a staggering view of an impossibly huge hunk of southern Utah, as well as of the surrounding states (on a clear day, anyway). The six-mile climb at ride’s beginning is a grind, quite steep in places, but entirely rideable by a reasonably fit cyclist.

The ride is rated moderate in both aerobic and technical difficulty. Riding surfaces include graded dirt and gravel, single-track, and four-wheel-drive road twisting through thick woods, with plenty of root drop-offs and, more likely than not, mud holes. To begin you pass through a lush forest of ponderosa pine and spruce; during the later stages, through stands of crooked old bristlecone pine. At 6.5 miles, before turning south onto the four-wheel-drive track, be sure to pedal a couple of tenths up the road to catch the views over the Escalante country. It’s quite a different perspective than that enjoyed at Powell Point. There, at the turn-around, you’ll probably want to put on a jacket for protection against the winds. It’s an unforgettable place to have lunch.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tropic
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: June through October
Local Contacts: Powell Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, 435-676-8815
Local Maps: Dixie National Forest visitor map, Powell, Escalante and Teasdale Ranger District; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 19
Driving Directions: Directions to Powell Point

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