Long Canyon Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Outstanding views from top to bottom. A great short cut when returning to Moab from Dead Horse Point State Park or Canyonlands National Park. A wide gravel road except through Pucker Pass where it is narrow and steep. Except when damaged by heavy rain, or when wet, this road can often be driven in 2-wheel drive. Route-finding is easy.This trail is described downhill, assuming you are returning to Moab from Canyonlands National Park or Dead Horse Point State Park. The trail starts from Highway 313 at a point 1.6 miles east of the intersection where the road to Canyonlands National Park departs south from 313."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
"You will be asked to pay the park entrance fee, so have your pass or money (fee for a bike and rider) ready when you start the ride. This route includes a continuous 1,500-foot climb up the Shafer Trail switchbacks and a continuous 1,900-foot descent down Long Canyon. rolling terrain means a fair amount of accumulated climbing in between the switchbacks. The route can be ridden in reverse direction. Either way the ride ends with a descent. Finishing with Long Canyon means that you end the ride immediately upon finishing the long descent. Descending the Shafer Rim and finishing with the ride on Potash Road means that you will descend and then have quite a bit of rolling terrain to negotiate before you return to the car. Trail Surface: Pavement, gravel, hardpacked and loose sediments, bedrock, and sand on maintained roads."
--Lee Bridgers, Mountain Biking Moab (Falcon Guides).
"The Long Canyon Trail (or as it is more popularly called, Pucker Pass) makes an exciting alternative way back to Moab from the Island in the Sky district. It was named Pucker Pass by some imaginative Jeepers back in the days when a drive down the canyon was a lot more hair-raising than it is now. The trail leaves Dead Horse Point Road and travels in a plumb line across Big Flat until it reaches the top of Long Canyon. From here it drops steeply down into the extremely narrow, sandstone-walled canyon. Special Attractions: Steep, narrow trail in tight red sandstone canyon; Jug Handle Arch; Views east to the La Sal Mountains and down into Long Canyon. 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 ).
In the guide it speaks of doing this canyon downhill (from Dead Horse Point towards Moab) well I decided to go UP the canyon.
The trail wasn't difficult at all; even going up pucker pass was rather easy. Pucker pass looked a little daunting as I came around the bend, but as I looked at it for a moment or two I saw that it was going to be rather easy also.
Because I decided to do this trail in February, there was a little snow on the trail, but that only slightly added to the difficulty in one spot (sorry didn't get pics of that spot but it was right above Pucker pass)
The trail offers wonderful views up the whole canyon and offered some wonderful picture opportunities.
I rated this a 3 of 5 because of the views not the difficulty
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