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Lockhart Basin

Intermediate
 3.8 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The same beautiful scenery as the White Rim Trail, from the other side of the Colorado River.


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44.3

Miles

71.3

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Singletrack

4,932' 1,503 m

High

3,967' 1,209 m

Low

2,366' 721 m

Up

2,520' 768 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly From the south, this route runs on flat dirt road for some distance. If you reach Indian Creek, there is flowing water year-round, and Newspaper rock is nearby after riding.

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Overview

Lockhart Basin is a beautiful bicycle voyage paralleling the Colorado River on jeep road all the way from the Needles District of Canyonlands to Hurrah Pass.

This is a great multi-day ride to do when you can't get a White Rim Trail permit.

Need to Know

This trail does briefly dip a toe inside the boundary of Canyonlands National Park, so park rules apply there and on several spur roads that lead closer to the river.

Description

Lockhart Basin is an analog of the White Rim Trail, which you'll be looking at just across the river.

Though Lockhart can be ridden as a very long one-day ride, it's really fantastic to use a support vehicle and camp along the way as for the White Rim. Most of the trail is easy for a 4WD support vehicle, but there is a significant stretch near Hurrah Pass that is discouraging unless you are a real 4WD aficionado with a capable--probably modified--vehicle. Plan your camps accordingly: you may want to send the support vehicle back through the Needles and around on Hwy-191 to Moab instead of planning on it following you the whole way. Or ride self-supported.

With a pro-camping attitude, you could link together a truly spectacular desert traverse by adding on Jackson Hole, Jacob's (Jackson's) Ladder, Amasa Back, Rockstacker and Jackson's Trail. If that's still not enough, tack on the Moab Rim, Hidden Valley, Barney Rubble, and Pipe Dream...and the Kokopelli Trail--why not?

Camping logistics are far easier here than across the river, since there are no permits required for Lockhart Basin.

You can ride in either direction, but it's easier to get the shuttle out of the way up front. Arrange a drop on UT-211, not far before Newspaper Rock. If the 44-miles of Lockhart Basin and the 20-miles from Hurrah Pass back to Moab are not enough distance for you, you can also ride out-and-back spurs to Chicken Corners, and down to the Colorado River via Lockhart Canyon.

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This is what your Lockhart Basin support vehicle has to be able to do. 
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Photo credit: Bret Edge Photography, www.bretedge.com
Dec 12, 2013 near Moab, UT
The early part of this ride is mellow, but gets much more technical on day 2.
May 29, 2014 near Moab, UT
Amazing vistas in Lockhart Basin.
May 29, 2014 near Moab, UT
Pot Ash and Dead Horse Point from Hurrah Pass
Nov 24, 2016 near Moab, UT
Highly recommend Western Spirit Cycling for support for this ride.
May 29, 2014 near Moab, UT
The road to the river. https://gypsybytrade.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/lockhart-basin-road-utah/
Nov 28, 2020 near Moab, UT

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Oct 17, 2019
Wild Skies
test
May 18, 2018
tyson dabney
Sep 10, 2017
Jason Cross
6mi — 2h 00m
Oct 8, 2015
Gosia Lieske
From Hurrah Pass to Chicken Corner and back 5.8mi — 2h 03m