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Navajo Lake Loop Trail #32022

 4.2 (13)

11.2 Miles 18.0 Kilometers



635' 194 m


-635' -194 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

9,409' 2,868 m


9,060' 2,761 m


Shared By Markk Knowles


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A beautiful trail around Navajo Lake in the Dixie National Forest.

Markk Knowles

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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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Jul 5, 2018
Retro Rick
Only completed half of the loop, Mrs had zero back breaks. Singletrack with a very few roots and rocks. Beautiful scenery. 5.7mi
Jul 2, 2018
Popcorn Girl
Clockwise Loop. Dike up was tough! 14.9mi
Jun 6, 2018
Dusty Rhodes
Jul 23, 2017
Hugh Tanner
Jul 10, 2017
Bryan Bird
May 29, 2017
Brent Pardue
Apr 28, 2017
Zach Hatch
Great trail! Beautiful
Sep 3, 2016
Steve Norvell
Good ride 10.8mi

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OK... what appears to be the starting point there is no road. So what exactly is considered the starting point of the trail? It says, Most of the climbing comes fairly early. May 21, 2017
Markk Knowles
Las Vegas, NV
Markk Knowles   Las Vegas, NV
The start point is the little green marker shown on the map. It is at a trailhead parking area. May 21, 2017

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