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Little Hole Trail (Green River Canyon)

 
Little Hole Trail (Green River Canyon)

Page Type: Canyon

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.90850°N / 109.4221°W

Object Title: Little Hole Trail (Green River Canyon)

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Sep 23, 2017 / Sep 23, 2017

Object ID: 1007630

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Overview

This trail starts at the base of Flaming Gorge Dam and follows the north bank of Green River at the bottom of the canyon 9 miles downstream to a place called Little Hole where the canyon opens up. Along the trail, you will encounter many boardwalks and pathways created with crushed rock. You are likely to see many anglers on the river and few if any hikers on the trail.

Caution: At times of high water, parts of the trail may be under water. Check at the Visitor Center.

Getting There

Trailhead at the dam:
From Vernal, UT, drive 42 miles north on Route 191 to reach Flaming Gorge Dam. Cross over the dam and go a short distance to see a road on the right side that meanders down the slopes to reach the river. Parking lots are 150 vertical feet above the river. The trail will take you down to the river. You must pay to park here.

Little Hole Trailhead:
Continue north on 191 three miles beyond the dam to the community of Dutch John and turn right onto Little Hole Road (Road 075). Go 6 miles to the end of the road at the river. You must pay to park here.



Route

Little Hole Trailhead Elevation: 5550 ft
Flaming Gorge Dam Trailhead (at the river): 5640 ft
One Way Hiking Distance: 8.8 miles (sign on the trail says 7 miles)


This is a description of the hike from Little Hole to Flaming Gorge Dam.

Go to the west end of the parking area at Little Hole and get on the trail following the river west. Hills rise above the river on both sides.

Little Hole Trailhead
 
Sunrise at Little Hole Trailhead
 


Boardwalk.

Boardwalk on the trail
 


After about 1.5 miles, a canyon with steep walls begins to form.

Start of the tight canyon
 


Entering the canyon.

Narrow part of the canyon
 


Walking through the canyon.

Narrow part of canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 

Green River Canyon
 


For a while, the trail climbs 100 ft or so up the wall of the canyon.

Trail high above the river
 
Green River Canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 


Coming back to the level of the river.

Green River Canyon
 
Boardwalk
 
Green River Canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 


The canyon opens up again.

Green River Canyon
 
Green River Canyon
 
Boardwalk
 
Green River Canyon
 


Near the dam.

Green River Canyon
 


Flaming Gorge Dam.

Flaming Gorge Dam
 


You will then have to follow the trail 150 vertical feet up to reach the parking area.

Trailhead at the dam
 
Trail descending from the parking to the dam
 


Red Tape

No fees or permits required for hiking but you have to pay at the parking areas. Pay the attendant or self pay.

Images

Sunrise at Little Hole TrailheadNarrow part of the canyonGreen River CanyonBoardwalkGreen River CanyonNarrow part of canyonBoardwalk
Green River CanyonGreen River CanyonStart of the tight canyonTrail descending from the parking to the damGreen River CanyonLittle Hole TrailheadTrailhead at the dam
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