Twisted Forest

Brian Head, Utah 84719

Twisted Forest

Twisted Forest Professional Review and Guide

"The name Twisted Forest evokes childhood fairy tales of a foreboding woodland where country folk spend eternity under villainous spells. This Twisted Forest, on the contrary, is open, sunny, brightly colored, and welcomes curious travelers. Twisted it is, however, for these hillsides harbor large communities of bristlecone pines, one of the earth’s oldest living organisms.

These tenacious conifers have been known to live for more than 2,000 years. With tangled roots that sprawl across the crumbly limestone, contorted limbs curled into spirals, and sprouts of pine garlands at the tips of branches, they appear feeble and arthritic. But they are sturdy and stoic. Tread: 5 miles of light duty dirt roads. The spur to High Mountain is on mostly tame doubletrack."

Twisted Forest Reviews

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The Trail is a dirt fire road. It starts near the main highway in town and climbs some pretty steep hills as you pass local cabins. Being a beginner, I had to stop once or twice. Then it pays off with a nice coast into meadow. The rest of the trip is rolling hills. Many side roads intersect, but as long as you stay on the main road, you'll find the twisted forest trailhead, where you can park your bike and hike in. In general, good scenery, easy terrain, steep climbs at times.

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Trail Information

Brian Head
Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
mid June through October
9,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Dixie National Forest, Cedar Ranger District, 435-865-3200
Local Contacts
USGS: Brian Head and Flanigan Arch
Local Maps

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Jul 2018