Geyser Road

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain1,936ft
Trailhead Elevation8,957ft
Elevation Min/Max8957/10568ft
Elevation Start/End8957/8957ft

Geyser Road

Geyser Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Manti-La Sal National Forest. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 8,957 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,936 feet. The Whole Enchilada parking is near the trailhead. Along the trail there are forests. This trail connects with the following: Whole Enchilada, Geyser Pass Road and Burro Pass.

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"Dealing with the shuttle smoothly is the key to this ride. Weather is the second ingredient that has to mix correctly. If it rains, forget it. The start of the ride is up a graded, well-maintained gravel road that gradually lifts you from scrub oak to alpine forests. If you love to climb with strength and descend with speed and control, then you'll love this ride, as you zip down the southeastern slope at the base of the majestic Mount Mellentin and awesome Mount Peale. This is for any intermediate rider looking for a great workout on a scenic road without a lot of technical challenge, other than speed on embedded, bumpy, and loose rock. Trail Surface: Doubletrack dirt roads, partially grated. Gravel, hardpack, embedded rock, loose rock, and some soft sand. Impassable when wet." Read more
"This very long mountain bike ride is a wonderful trek for the pannier crowd, presenting the well-prepared mountain bike tourist with any number of sweet camping options, especially on the "downside" of Geyser Pass. Aside from camping, the eastern slope of the La Sal Mountains offers much to mountain bikers with a wide range of skills and interests. The trees are big. The air is crisp and the forests are alive with wildlife. The road crosses national and state forests and private land. The farther down the mountain toward Taylor Flat, the more open and easy the riding and navigation becomes. Trail Surface: You will begin on gravel. Beyond the Gold Basin turnoff the trail becomes hardpack. From the top of Geyser Pass the rough and narrow road descends through alpine forest on bedrock, rock rubble, hardpack, sparse soft sand, and across rare muddy, rocky streams. Once down onto Taylor Flat Road the track becomes much wider. The surface from here is hardpack and is sometimes composed of powdery shale. This shale surface can become horrible mud when wet. Eventually Taylor Flat Road becomes gravel, then pavement. Most of La Sal Mountain Loop Road is paved." Read more
"The Geyser Pass Road is mostly gravel, affording a somewhat depressing climb at the start, but soon it narrows and becomes hardpack through a beautiful forest. After the doubletrack climb to the pass, the singletrack is a welcome surprise as it drops and becomes technical in a BIG hurry. Like all singletrack in the La Sals, this trek, though seemingly low in mileage, is very difficult. The singletrack is narrow with many sections of loose and embedded rocks and includes a bit of vertical exposure. Trail Surface: At altitude on loose rock, roots, fallen trees, tight switchbacks, steep grades, and mud and/or gray powdery sand. Not good when wet." Read more
"Despite its location in a flat meadow, the Tomasaki Hut offers great access to both the north and middle La Sal groups. Beginner meadows surround the structure, and intermediate powder terrain exists in Tomasaki Basin and around the flanks of Mount Mellenthin. In corn season this is the ideal starting point for ascents of Tomasaki, Haystack, Manns, and Mellenthin. Route descriptions here are valid regardless of whether you’re using the Tomasaki Hut or coming from Geyser Pass." Read more

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This eTrail is currently unavailable from According to the USDA… “the Geyser Pass to Oowah Moab Lake (Moonlight Meadow) Trail is in violation of the Manti-Las Sal National Forest Travel Plan. Furthermore if you have ridden the Geyser Pass to Oowah Moab Lake (Moonlight Meadow) Trail you are in violation of the Manti-Las Sal National Forest Travel Plan. Forest Order Number 04-010-002 "(3) Possess or use any type of vehicle off forest development roads or trails when prohibited or restricted as shown on Exhibit 'A', the Travel map, 36 CFR 261.56." Further legal action my follow.”

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Trail Information

Manti-La Sal National Forest
Nearby City
Manti-La Sal National Forest
Manti La Sal National Forest, 435-259-7155
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Peale, Mount Waas, Dolores Point South, Mount Tukugnikivatz, and Warner Lake; Moab East Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018