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“Escape the crowds and travel through stunning landscapes on this 4x4 route.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
If an escape from the crowds and scenic landscapes are what you’re looking for, this is the ride for you.
Need to Know
Note, this trailhead is not signed from the HWY. Just after crossing over Mule Shoe Canyon turn right and park at the entrance of the 4x4 road.
Follow 4x4 road down into and out of the wash to your north and west. Continue on road west for 2.1 mi. At split go left, follow Flat Iron Mesa road for .85mi, then turn right onto Flat Iron Mesa 4x4 route signed with “FI” on signposts. From here the trail makes a loop heading south, turning, west then heading north along the rim of Hatch Wash.
A canyon with tall Wingate cliffs and many of Moab’s most scenic viewpoints. After 6.7 miles on the Flat Iron 4x4 route, you'll intersect Flat Iron Mesa Road once again. Turning left, Northwest will take you to a stunning overlook of the confluence of Kane Creek Canyon and Hatch Wash Canyon in 2 mi. To return to the trailhead, turn right, southeast, and continue for 2.3 miles on Flat Iron Mesa Rd to the first road you pedaled out. Turn left, east, and follow the road back to your car. For a more advanced option take the left after .7mi for an added 1.3 miles on the 4x4 road. After 1.3 mi, turn right, south, on gas line road continue for 0.4 mi. Turn left, east, to return to TrailHead.
Beginner option: Start the route from the same parking area, once one Flat Iron Mesa Rd turn right and continue for 4.3 miles to Kane Creek Overlook. The return route is reversed.