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greenBlue Navajo Lake Loop Trail #32022

  4.2 ( 15 ) Favorite


11.2 mile 18.0 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack


Ascent: 635' 194 m
Descent: -635' -194 m
High: 9,409' 2,868 m
Low: 9,060' 2,761 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)


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Trail shared by Markk Knowles

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

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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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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
Aug 16, 2018
Chris Sarot
Jul 23, 2018
McKell LeMmon
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
Clockwise Loop. Dike up was tough! 14.9mi

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