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Jackalope

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A McCoy Flats Desert loop leading up onto the top of the ridgeline and then back down.


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,268' 1,911 m

High

5,279' 1,609 m

Low

1,103' 336 m

Up

1,103' 336 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This trail is the longest and steepest sustained vertical descent in the McCoy Flats Trailhead area.

Description

Head out of the east parking lot and take a left. The trail will meander for a few miles on the And Cookies trail. Eventually, you'll come to a fork with a well-placed sign. Follow the sign and go right at the fork. This is where the climb begins. From here on out the climb is fairly consistent. It's not too bad and there are no real technical challenges along the way.

At about 3/4th of the way from the top, you'll come to another fork. This is where the Serendipity Trail drops off. You'll take a left at this fork and continue on the climb.

Once at the top you'll come to a faded doubletrack. It looks as if you can take a left and continue of the ridge to the prominence. But you'll want to take a right onto the doubletrack. This is the start of the descent. The next couple of miles are relatively steep, loose, and fast. You'll drop into and out of a couple of washes with slight climbs back out, but, for the most part, the trail is a fun descent.

You'll eventually come to a trail intersection in one of these washes. This is where you meet back up to the serendipity trail. It continues through the wash, but you'll want to once again follow the signs and go straight through the wash and make the slight climb back up out. From here you'll be on top of a small plateau the trail continues in a nice winding manner along this plateau for a little while.

Once you come to the edge of the plateau you'll see the trail as it dips off on a short steep descent. This is the most technical part of the whole trail with a couple of small ledges a steep drop. It is nothing too challenging though and it only last for about 50 ft so it's not a long ways to walk if needed. From here the rest of the trail winds through similar to the beginning with short climbs and descents until you come back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Vernal Office

Shared By:

naytlo Lowe with improvements by Jerud Crandall

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  3.7 from 7 votes

#2628

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  3.7 from 7 votes
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Photos

Fork to Serendipity Trail from Jackalope Trail
Apr 2, 2015 near Naples, UT
Split off of Jackalope from And Cookies Trail
Apr 2, 2015 near Maeser, UT
Intersection with the Serendipity Trail
Apr 2, 2015 near Naples, UT
Start of the Jackalope trail
Apr 2, 2015 near Maeser, UT

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Oct 15, 2020
Quanah Powaukee
Jun 21, 2020
Megan Anderson
7.5mi — 1h 22m
May 28, 2018
Rita Aafedt
Great Trail. Narrow and steep to begin, lots of rock. fun ride on the way down.
Apr 28, 2018
John Gipson
33.6mi
Sep 24, 2017
Bruce Smithhammer
May 11, 2017
Bill Conway
Jun 12, 2016
andy knouse
Short climb to flowing downhill. Make sure to rip Serendipity Trail as well.
May 29, 2016
Chris Hendrickson
Great views up top. Loose round rocks on steep descent on top. 7.7mi — 1h 15m