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Navajo Lake Loop Trail #32022

Intermediate
 4.1 (23) 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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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

  4.1 from 22 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
Along the North shore of the lake
Jul 29, 2020 near Parowan, UT
Riding through the new growth Aspens
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

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Sep 11, 2020
Alex Peterson
Did it CCW. I've added some photos to make it clearer for those that want to go in that direction (which is better). We started at the SW TH.
Jul 23, 2020
Pete Slaughter
Lot of up and down but a beautiful ride throughout. Lava beds, forest, lake and great views. All traffic on trail were very courteous. 11.2mi
Jul 17, 2020
Jake Telfer
Rode just along one side of the lake with the kids. A little up and down but doable for the kiddos. Wide singletrack trail.
Jul 13, 2020
David Crane
3 logs down on S side trail 11.3mi — 1h 45m
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
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Jul 24, 2019
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