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Navajo Lake Loop Trail #32022

Intermediate
 4.2 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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11.2

Miles

18.0

KM

90%

Singletrack

9,409' 2,868 m

High

9,060' 2,761 m

Low

635' 194 m

Up

635' 194 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

Check ahead for Trail conditions as tree fall sometimes isn't cleared until mid June from winter snows.

Description

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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Markk Knowles

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 18 votes

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Photos

Navajo Lake looking east.
Jul 24, 2016 near Parowan, UT
Aspen–lined singletrack along the northshore.
Jul 24, 2016 near Parowan, UT
Through the Aspens and Firs on the southeast side of Navajo Lake
Jun 24, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Looking back to the lake from the lava flow. The lake experiences low water by late summer many years with the east side drained by lava tubes.
Jun 24, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Out of the woods and through the meadow to lava fields we go.....
Jun 24, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Riding through the new growth Aspens
Jun 24, 2013 near Parowan, UT

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Jun 26, 2020
Tyson Harty
Awesome singletrack through forest up to view of Zion NP to SW
Oct 2, 2019
Ed Pigao
Trail is in great shape. About 4-5 downed trees across the path along the loop. Started in late afternoon and finished at sunset. It's getting cold. 11mi
Jul 27, 2019
bdotcee 123
Jul 24, 2019
bdotcee 123
Oct 28, 2018
Whitney Benzon
Sep 8, 2018
Greg T
Still a couple of trees to climb over. Trail in good shape.
Aug 26, 2018
Kathy MG
Perfect weather and excellent trail conditions. Not well-marked where the trail continues on the W side if you’re going CCW. 11.2mi
Aug 25, 2018
Dustin DeFranco