North Trail

Hanksville, Utah 84734

North Trail

North Trail Professional Review and Guide

"North Trail, which descends from North Point into Elaterite Basin, was one of the first trails to penetrate the Under the Rim country. The first known person to use the trail was a sheep rancher named John Boline who was using Elaterite Basin as a winter grazing pasture as early as the 1890s. The story goes that when he brought his sheep up from Under the Ledge each spring he would roll rocks onto the trail so other sheepmen couldn?t find it.

At that time there was no Bureau of Land Management and no laws governing grazing on public land. Many of the ranchers did not even own any land of their own, and success was heavily dependent on finding pastures that the other ranchers did not know about. Under the Ledge was ideally suited to sheep, and by the 1930s sheepmen had penetrated nearly every canyon in the area. By the time the Taylor Grazing Act was passed in 1935 it is estimated there were at least 15,000 sheep grazing Under the Ledge. After the 1930s cattle ranching became more prominent, and eventually the sheep ranchers disappeared altogether. Trail: Primitive, but well marked by cairns."

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Trail Information

Hanksville
Nearby City
12.4
Distance
1,422 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
7.75 hours
Duration
Year-round, best spring and fall
Season
6,506 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,506 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Gordon Flats, Elaterite Basin
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018