Navajo Lake Loop

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  3.8 from 6 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #7 in the Southwestern Utah area
#67 in UT, #1,272 Overall
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Jul 27 Yellow - Road this trail 4 times last week...
Featured Ride in the area near Parowan,
“A beautiful trail around Navajo Lake in the Dixie National Forest.”
Markk Knowles on Jun 24, 2013
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10.817.4 milesKilometers 706’215 m Ascent 9,410’2,868 m High 2% Avg Grade (1°)
90% Singletrack -705’-215 m Descent 9,059’2,761 m Low 15% Max Grade (8°)
26:57 average time for 9.7 miles. Details

Navajo Lake Loop is one of the best trails in the area and very popular with people looking to escape the desert heat. It is located near Brianhead Ski/MTB Resort in the Dixie National Forest. Camping is available nearby at the Te-ah campground and various free BLM campsites.
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Check ahead for Trail conditions as tree fall sometimes isn't cleared until mid June from winter snows.
The Navajo Lake Loop Trail is an intermediate technical and aerobic singletrack loop running around Navajo Lake near Brian Head. The trailhead starts at 9200' of altitude and climbs only to 9400'

The trail base is mostly packed dirt, a 1/4 mile section at the east end of the lake takes you through a lava field with crushed cinder on the trail. There is a very short challenging climb midway through the lava.

Most consider Navajo best to be ridden CCW which makes most of the climbing in the first mile and a half. You can view the lake from the entire length of the trail.

From the trailhead, ride west back on the dirt road. You'll ride a short paved section through a camp then on to singletrack for the rest of the ride. On the South side of the lake there are a couple options to join other trails including the Virgin River Rim Trail that can join back to the Navajo Loop further east.

While most of the climbing comes fairly early, there are still many small climbs along the way as you enjoy rolling through the many Pines and Aspens. Stop midway to grab a snack and just lay back and breath in the natural beauty.
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Super–scenic high country singletrack, along the Virgin River headwall.
near Parowan, UT
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A classic old school black diamond downhill shuttle trail.
near Parowan, UT

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PHOTOS of Navajo Lake Loop
  3.7 from 3 votes
Aspen–lined singletrack along the northshore. (Parowan, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Filtered sunlight on Navajo Lake south (Parowan, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Out of the woods and through the meadow to lava fields we go..... (Parowan, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Navajo Lake Loop south side (Parowan, UT)
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Looking back to the lake from the lava flow. The lake experiences low wa... (Parowan, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Through the many fallen trees at Navajo Lake (Parowan, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Through the Aspens and Firs on the southeast side of Navajo Lake (Parowan, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Riding through the new growth Aspens (Parowan, UT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Virgin River Rim Trail, a couple miles into the ride. (Parowan, UT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Love it here! (Parowan, UT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Jeff J. enjoying a leisurely ride along the northshore. (Parowan, UT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Navajo Lake looking east. (Parowan, UT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Summer thunderstorms over Navajo Lake. (Parowan, UT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
The east side lava flow at Navajo Lake (Parowan, UT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Flowy singletrack through the quakies...heavenly. (Parowan, UT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Navajo Lake Trailhead (Parowan, UT)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Good times at Navajo Lake. (Parowan, UT)
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The hills have eyes! (Parowan, UT)