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A super–scenic, high country singletrack ride along the Virgin River headwall.


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13.8

Miles

22.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

9,762' 2,976 m

High

9,060' 2,761 m

Low

1,132' 345 m

Up

1,128' 344 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This 13.8 Mile loop takes you around Navajo Lake on gentle singletrack. Offering views of the lake, a unique basalt flow, and reaching a cool view point on the Virgin River Rim trail this is a must do. With more gentle riding then the surrounding trails of Brianhead and Bryce this is a great option to get away from the more downhill focused trails of the nearby bike park.

Description

Start by parking at the Navajo Lake Trailhead on the southeast side of the lake. From here, begin pedaling the trail counterclockwise on a well-built singletrack. The trail starts on a singletrack that glides through a forest, takes you over a basalt field, then down some enjoyable singletrack that parallels the lake.

Once at the Te-Ah Campground, cross the road and start on a semi-steep climb up to the Virgin River Rim trail above. Note that if you don't want to climb all the way to the top, staying on the inner Navajo lake loop cuts out a bit of elevation gain.

Upon reaching the Virgin River Rim Trail, follow it for a few miles. This rides along a unique ridgeline and is known for having an occasional downed tree. Continue on this trail until reaching the Dike Trail take a left here which brings you back down to the Navajo Loop Trail. From there, take a right for a short section before reaching the road you drove in on. Cross it, and it will lead you right back to your car.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rob Moore with improvements by J R and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 15 votes

#2

in Navajo Lake

#1768

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  4.1 from 15 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#2

in Navajo Lake

#110

in Utah

#1,768

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Photos

Out of the woods and through the meadow to lava fields we go.....
Jun 24, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Extraordinary view w/Bay Area Crew!
Jul 24, 2016 near Parowan, UT
Navajo Lake looking east.
Jul 24, 2016 near Parowan, UT
The view is a good excuse for a break at the top of the ridge
Jul 29, 2020 near Parowan, UT
Along the North shore of the lake
Jul 29, 2020 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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Jul 23, 2023
Alex Garhart
Nov 14, 2021
Brian Dilger
Fun little loop around the lake. Snow on Virgin Rim trail prevented me from riding farther. 9.4mi
Aug 24, 2020
Jasmine Board
Oct 26, 2018
Michal Ovsjannikov
Mudy and snow on VRR, great condition on the other side of the lake.
Aug 16, 2018
Chris Sarot
Had a BLAST! Two fallen trees across the trail...but lots and lots of hero dirt. Beautiful views for miles!
Jul 1, 2018
#deeznutzfosho
Jun 4, 2018
Martin Strong
Jun 2, 2018
stefan landwehr

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