Trancontinental Railroad Trail

Lucin, Utah 84313

Trancontinental Railroad Trail

Trancontinental Railroad Trail Professional Review and Guide

"From Lucin, the trail runs dead straight along a single-lane, elevated railroad bed. In most places it’s only a few feet higher than the surrounding terrain, but along some stretches it can be as high as six or seven feet, which makes passing impossible. However, the road typically breaks away from the railroad bed at old trestles every quarter mile or so, and these allow for passing. The trestles are typically no more than four or five feet high and were used by the railroad to cross small washes. Beside the old trestles, you can see many old railroad ties and spikes strewn along this early part of the trail. Although they are interesting artifacts, they can also be hazards to your vehicle, and tire punctures are not at all uncommon.

Special Attractions: Traveling a portion of the original transcontinental railroad; Visiting the town sites and cemeteries along the old railroad grade; Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Point. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
5 hours
4,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,800 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Lucin, Lucin NE, Bovine, Terrace Mount West, Prohibition Spring, Red Dome, Matlin, Hogup Bar, Peplin Flats, Crocodile Mount NE, and more
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Jul 2018