Jughandle Loop Professional Review and Guide
"If you can’t arrange a trip on the White Rim, then the Jughandle Loop is the next best alternative. Like the White Rim, Jughandle is a continual scenic highlight. The loop commences along the Colorado River and then rises up to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. Along the way, the route crosses nearly 100 million years of geologic boundaries that represent an ancient time when shallow seas, shoreline flats, river deltas, and drifting dunes buried southeastern Utah under a massive wedge of mud and sand.
The sediments’ flat-laying nature has been preserved largely intact, but headward erosion and down-cutting rivers have peeled back the earth’s skin to reveal Canyonlands’ famed layer-cake strata. You’ll need to watch your front wheel as you round switchbacks and drop through “Pucker Pass,” but if you lift your eyes they will fall upon the parading fins of Behind the Rocks backed by the ever-present La Sal Mountains. Tread: 10.5 miles of pavement, 26 miles of variably sandy, rocky, and washboarded doubletrack."