Hells Backbone Trail

Boulder, Utah 84716

Hells Backbone Trail

Hells Backbone Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This easy trail provides a wonderful, relaxing drive through some incredibly scenic country, which culminates at the spectacular Hells Backbone Bridge. The long and winding trail is graded gravel for its entire length, making it passable for passenger cars in good weather. It leaves from the edge of Escalante and steadily climbs into the Dixie National Forest, winding around the edge of the Box–Death Hollow Wilderness area. The two main access points for hikers to enter the wilderness area depart from this route.

The trail also connects to Posey Lake Road. Special Attractions: Historic Hells Backbone Bridge; Panoramic views over the Box–Death Hollow Wilderness; Aspen viewing in the fall. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

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I would not call this easy and relaxing. Because of the wash board surface of the road and the angle of the road way, it was easy to start bouncing in the curves. The views made it all worthwhile. This trail is much better than Posey Lake. We did both today.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
2 hours
June to November
5,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,200 feet
Top Elevation
Dixie National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Escalante, Wide Hollow Reservoir, Posey Lake, Roger Peak, Boulder Town, Escalante
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