Lower Muley Twist Canyon Trail

Torrey, Utah 84775

Lower Muley Twist Canyon Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The silence of Muley Twist Canyon was briefly broken in the late 1800s, when it was discovered to be a feasible route for getting wagons through the formidable Waterpocket Fold of southern Utah. Getting around the rugged, hundred-mile-long sandstone ridge had long been a major problem for travelers in the area-especially the Mormons, who were trying to settle the southeastern corner of the Utah Territory.

On their famous Hole in the Rock expedition from Escalante to Bluff in 1879 it took the Mormon settlers six months to travel around the southern end of the barrier, so when Muley Twist Canyon was discovered two years later it quickly became the preferred route. The narrow canyon was said to have so many hairpin curves it could “twist a mule”. Nevertheless, it was much shorter and less hazardous than the notorious Hole in the Rock Trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
10 hours
Spring and fall
5,640 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,640 feet
Top Elevation
Capitol Reef National Park
Local Contacts
The Post (USGS), Wagon Box Mesa (USGS)
Local Maps

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