Upper Muley Twist Canyon Loop Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Garfield County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 5,774 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,128 feet. The Upper Muley Twist Canyon Trailhead (2WD) parking and the Muley Arch, Double Arch, unnamed Arch, and Cherrios Double Arch attractions can be seen along the trail.
Upper Muley Twist Canyon Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The warm lower elevations of Capitol Reef’s southern half beckon in early spring and again in fall. Fairly exposed most of the way, Upper Muley Twist is an excellent choice when the weather is cooler."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"This interesting spur trail is contained within Capitol Reef National Park. It leads off from Burr Trail, 2.9 miles west of Notom Road. The start of the trail is signed for Upper Muley Twist. The first 0.4 miles can be used by passenger vehicles down to a small parking lot for the Muley Twist trail. From here, the trail becomes 4WD and enters the narrow, rocky wash. Caution is needed during flash flood seasons. Special Attractions: Moderate trail completely within Capitol Reef National Park; Strike Valley Overlook viewpoint. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Utah (Adler Publishing ).
"As you go up, it’s hard to tell where the top will be, but suddenly the entire length of the Waterpocket Fold will pop into view. Once your mouth closes, take in the spectacular views of the nearby Henry Mountains to the east and Tarantula Mesa below them. To the south you can see all the way to Lake Powell (although you can’t see the lake), and to the southwest, Navajo Mountain looms darkly on the horizon. Few views on the entire Colorado Plateau beat this one."
--Steve Mann & Rhett Olson, 100 Hikes in Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"No other hike in Capital Reef National Park offers as many scenic geological features as the loop through Upper Muley Twist Canyon. The canyon has been cut through a particularly interesting part of the Waterpocket Fold where the deep red Wingate Sandstone formation slopes down from the west, dipping under the eastern wall of white Navajo Sandstone. The Wingate Sandstone in this area has a tendency to erode into arches, and if you are observant you will see at least five arches on the west side as you hike up the canyon. The return portion of the hike is along a high slickrock ridge of Navajo Sandstone above the eastern side of the canyon, and the views from the top are magnificent. From this vantage point you will be able to see a large part of the hundred-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust that geologists call the Waterpocket Fold."
--David Day, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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