Segment 3: Navajo Lake to Boulder Town
ElevationAscent: 21,531' 6,563 m
Descent: -24,450' -7,452 m
High: 10,590' 3,228 m
Low: 5,738' 1,749 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A route across central Utah's high plateaus on singletrack and rough 4x4 tracks.”— Bikepacking Roots
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Leaving Tropic, you are faced with a a 2,000-foot climb up a highway along the edge of scenic Bryce Canyon National Park. This is followed by the rough ATV track of the Great Western Trail which leads to Pine Lake Reservoir. A steep forest road climb brings you to just over 10,000 feet atop the Aquarius Plateau. Here there is a junction for a mandatory side trip out to take in the view from Powell Point. The views from there are absolutely unparalleled.
The final 75 miles of Segment 3 continues along the Aquarius Plateau, first along its edge on gravel roads before descending to a mix of backcountry singletrack and 4x4 roads and a final downhill into Boulder Town. The views are breathtaking, the temperatures relatively cool, water plentiful (by comparison to the rest of the route), and the singletrack delightfully rideable in places and faint with downed trees in others. Boulder Town itself is a tiny community tucked at the edge of canyon country with a couple tiny stores, a motel, a few restaurants, and a fancy lodge.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Dixie National Forest Office