Powell Point

Tropic, Utah 84776

Powell Point

Powell Point Professional Review and Guide

"This 22-mile out-and-back (11 miles each way) leads from Pine Lake Campground, a nice place to overnight, to the top of the Table Cliff Plateau, an extension of the massive Aquarius Plateau. The southern tip of the plateau, Powell Point—also known as Powell’s Pink Point—provides a staggering view of an impossibly huge hunk of southern Utah, as well as of the surrounding states (on a clear day, anyway). The six-mile climb at ride’s beginning is a grind, quite steep in places, but entirely rideable by a reasonably fit cyclist.

The ride is rated moderate in both aerobic and technical difficulty. Riding surfaces include graded dirt and gravel, single-track, and four-wheel-drive road twisting through thick woods, with plenty of root drop-offs and, more likely than not, mud holes. To begin you pass through a lush forest of ponderosa pine and spruce; during the later stages, through stands of crooked old bristlecone pine. At 6.5 miles, before turning south onto the four-wheel-drive track, be sure to pedal a couple of tenths up the road to catch the views over the Escalante country. It’s quite a different perspective than that enjoyed at Powell Point. There, at the turn-around, you’ll probably want to put on a jacket for protection against the winds. It’s an unforgettable place to have lunch."

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Trail Information

Tropic
Nearby City
22
Distance
2,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
June through October
Season
Powell Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, 435-676-8815
Local Contacts
Dixie National Forest visitor map, Powell, Escalante and Teasdale Ranger District; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 19
Local Maps