This trail is a combination of several roads north of
Moab and near the western boundary of Arches National
Park. It lies east of the Moab Fault, so is in younger
rock formations than many of our trails. Its slickrock
is the top of the Entrada Formation, and its views are
often of erosions into that formation,. Prominent scenic
exposures are in an area called Klondike Bluffs. Some
of the roads are on the softer Morrison Formation, which
can be impassably slippery when wet. In case it is completely
dry, most of the trail could have a lower rating, but
there are eroded trail portions that can challenge stock
vehicles. Approximate mileages: 64 total, 35 off highway.
The trail goes to an unexpected and beautiful pour-off
into lower sevenmile Canyon and follows near that canyon
rim to the junction with Courthouse Wash where it has
cut into the Entrada Formation. The Klondike Bluffs
exposure of white-capped red rock towers and canyon
walls are at a moderate distance. There is a good view
of Tower Arch, and some other arches are seen at a distance.
Most of the trail is dirt and rocky dirt, but there
are a couple of long stretches of slickrock, and some
broad, sandy wash-bottom.
Obstacles and Highlights:
After a brief ride in sandy Courthouse Wash, the trail
goes near colorful hills that have yielded dinosaur
bones. Toward the end of the day, some nicely exposed
dinosaur tracks may be visited on foot. Following the
main section of slickrock are two steep climbs on eroded
dirt and rock. It also passes a few fading remnants
of a movie set used in the 1960" film "Blue"
with Ricardo Montalban.
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