Escalante Summit Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trail runs through the Dixie National Forest and provides a more northern, backcountry alternative to the highway between Escalante and Bryce Canyon National Park. It leaves Utah 12, 4 miles west of Escalante, at the sign for Main Canyon Road. The entire trail is a graded gravel road that is suitable for passenger vehicles. For the first few miles, the trail runs through Main Canyon following along Birch Creek.
It gradually climbs until it reaches Escalante Summit, the high point of the trail at 9,302 feet. From here, Griffin Road leads north and Barney Top Trail leads south. Special Attractions: Access to a network of trails in the Dixie National Forest; Interesting drive down two different canyons; Backcountry camping opportunities. 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)."