Wolverine Loop Road

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Elevation Gain3,253ft
Trailhead Elevation5,917ft
Elevation Min/Max5422/6303ft
Elevation Start/End5917/5917ft

Wolverine Loop Road

Wolverine Loop Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Garfield County, Utah. It is within North Escalante Canyons/The Gulch Instant Study Area and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is 19.4 miles long and begins at 5,917 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 38.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,253 feet. The Petrified Wood attraction and the Little Death Hollow Trailhead parking can be seen along the trail. There are also waters along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Little Death Hollow Trailhead, Little Death Hollow Trailhead, Wolverine Bypass Road, Horse Canyon Road and Moody Creek Road.

Wolverine Loop Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a spur off the once-wild Burr Trail Road, a.k.a. Boulder to Bullfrog Road, tamed by asphalt in 1990 to the park boundary. Among the attractions are the Circle Cliffs and the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area, all of it located amid one of the largest and most remote wildlands remaining in the Lower 48.

Like dammed rivers, paved roads can have tributaries that recall the main stem’s wild past. So it is with Wolverine Loop Road. It courses beneath the soaring Circle Cliffs, Wingate sandstone that was once the dunes of a Triassic-Jurassic (144–208 million years ago) desert and then crosses a grassy valley."

"The Wolverine Road takes you into the colorful past of prehistoric southern Utah. The route leads to the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Many feared this segment of the Wild West was destined to vanish forever when the Burr Trail was paved in the late 1980s. But in 1996, the designation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument preserved this rough-and-tumble land from future intrusions by the civilized world. Tread: 26 miles of dirt, sand, and rock roads; and 10 miles of pavement."

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Trail Information

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Nearby City
North Escalante Canyons/The Gulch Instant Study Area
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 435-865-5100
Local Contacts
USGS: Bitter Creek Divide, Bitumen Mesa, Lamp Stand, and Wagon Box Mesa
Local Maps

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Oct 2018