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Slickrock Foot Trail

 
Slickrock Foot Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.17705°N / 109.81453°W

Object Title: Slickrock Foot Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Oct 17, 2014 / Oct 26, 2017

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Overview

This 2.4 mile loop trail takes you over a slickrock peninsula between Little Spring Canyon to the east and Big Spring Canyon to the west. You will find 4 designated viewpoints on the trail; the first 3 give you views of Little Spring Canyon or its branches and the 4th gives you views of Big Spring Canyon. Along the way, you will also have great views of Island in the Sky Mesa to the distant north and the Needles to the distant south.

Getting There

From the entrance station drive 6.5 miles on the main road to the signed parking area on the right side before the end of the road.

Route Description

Map of Slickrock Foot Trail
Map




Trailhead is right on the main road.

Trailhead
 


Follow the cairns up a short distance to reach a slickrock area. You will see The Needles to the south.

The Needles
The Needles

Near Trailhead
 

Slickrock Country
 


La Sal Mountains will be visible to the northeast.

La Sal Mountains
La Sal Mountains


You will then reach viewpoint #1

Viewpoint #1
 


After the viewpoint, the trail splits starting the loop. This description goes right and returns from left. The trail continues on slickrock.

Slickrock Country
 


Viewpoint #2.

Viewpoint #2
 


Keep following the cairns on slickrock.

Slickrock Country
 


At Viewpoint #3 you will see the junction of Little and Big Spring Canyons. Island in the Sky Mesa will also be in good view.

Viewpoint #3
Island in the Sky

Viewpoint #3
 


More slickrock hiking.

Slickrock Country
 


At Viewpoint #4 you will see Big Spring Canyon.

Viewpoint #4
Big Spring canyon

Viewpoint #4
Big Spring Canyon


The trail then heads south returning to where the loop started giving you good views of the slickrock country, canyons and The Needles.

The Needles
The Needles

Red Butte, zoomed view
Red Butte

The Needles
The Needles

Big Spring Canyon
Big Spring Canyon

Island in the Sky & Junction Butte
Island in the Sky & Junction Butte

The Needles
The Needles


Essential Gear

Hiking equipment.

Images

Viewpoint #4Viewpoint #4Viewpoint #1Viewpoint #3TrailheadBig Spring CanyonRed Butte, zoomed view
The NeedlesSlickrock CountryViewpoint #2Viewpoint #3The NeedlesSlickrock CountryBig Spring Canyon
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