Tunnel Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.74327°N / 112.30087°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Hike
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This short trail takes you 250 vertical feet up a slope to a spot where you will have great views of the two small tunnels on Route 12 at the bottom of Red Cayon. Many of the nearby hills and valleys will also be in good view.

Map of Tunnel Trail

Getting There

From the intersection of Routes 89 and 12 (6 miles to the southeast of Panguitch, UT), drive a little more than 4 miles east on Route 12. Between mile markers 4 and 5 (to the west of the tunnels), look for a small pull-off and trailhead sign on the south side of the road.

Route Description

7350 ft
End of trail
7580 ft
0.50 miles

The trail goes down a short distance and then crosses a stream bed that is usually dry.

Crossing the dry stream bed
Crossing dry stream bed
Crossing the dry stream bed
Crossing dry stream bed

The trail makes a series of switchbacks and goes up a slope. The west tunnel soon comes to view.

West Tunnel
West tunnel

You will have good views of the Red Canyon, Black Mountain and the nearby valleys.

On Tunnel Trail
On Tunnel Trail
Black Mountain & Red Canyon
Black Mountain & Red Canyon

After half a mile you will reach a flat area that marks the end of the trail.

End of Tunnel Trail
End of trail

You will have good views of Route 12

Red Canyon & Route 12
Route 12

And the two tunnels.

The two tunnels on Route 12
Tunnels on Route 12

Red Tape

No Fees or permits needed for day hikes.

For all rules and regulations contact:
Powell Ranger District-Dixie National Forest
Panguitch, UT

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