Distance: 5 miles round trip Elevation gain: 200 feet Time: 45 minutes to two hours Trail: Switchbacks, signature Moab clay singletrack. Some fun scaling of rocks and traverses through creeks. Who you'll see: Moms trying to push stroller wheels through the clay (pretty funny and worth a photo). Moab transplants fronting with local stare-downs. Coloradans. How to get there: Head out of town on Highway 128 east three miles, turn right on Junction 191, and go three miles east. The trailhead is unmarked, but you'll see cars and a restroom. Notable: Morning Glory Bridge, where the trail dead-ends, is the payout. Lagoon below, huge arch above echoes through the canyon. The bridge spans almost 250 feet, making it the sixth-largest natural span in the U.S. (picture time) as impressive as anything you'll see in Arches. And it's free. Eco-conscious: Try to stay on the clay. Lots of small wildflowers and cacti are just a misstep away. When to go: Fall, before big snow. Apres-hike: Cheese sticks and Squatters hefeweizen at Rio Sports Bar, 435-259-6666.
Hike of the Week: Negro Bill Canyon
Jul 11th 2011
Negro Bill Canyon Maybe the most visited Moab hike, and the biggest payout for the smallest push.