“A long climb from the canyon floor that ends with exhausting steeps.”
— Eric Ashley
• There is no source of water on this ride. Carry plenty of water for each member of your party.
• This is a multi-use trail that is open to pedestrians, mountain bikers, equestrian users, and motorized traffic.
• Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
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Throughout this ride, you'll encounter plenty of intersecting road-traces. As a general rule of thumb, stay on the most traveled route. The area is quite dry and there is little to no shade for the duration.
From the bottom, follow the sandy road as it switchbacks away from South Cottonwood Road (106). As you pass below an early outcropping, a beautiful view briefly opens into the steep, white canyon to the west. Settle in for a steady and moderate climb at the one-mile mark before the trail levels out for a few miles of rolling elevation.
This reprieve ends as the trail rounds a low ridgeline and starts to climb in earnest. The next mile is a sustained, very steep, climb up another ridgeline. The surrounding vegetation does get greener as you gain elevation, and your chances of catching some shade improve as well.
During your breaks, or if you end up hike-a-biking, make sure to take a look over you shoulder for a nice vista.
The climbing doesn't stop, but it does back off for a short section before making another steep, non-stop climb to the end of the trail where it connects to an unnamed Forest Service Road.