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Navajo Lake Loop Trail

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

This trail is single track for beginner to intermediate riders. No really technical sections. However,watch for the loose gravel when pedaling thru the lava flow area on the northeast side of the lake. You absolutely don't want to fall onto the sharp lava edges which will probably require a doctor's visit to stitch your wounds.
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Latitude
37.57573925759839
Longitude
-112.86958694458008
Trail Directions
Located at the southern edge of the Dixie Nat'l Forest and can be accessed by following UT 143 south out of Brian Head for approx. 4 miles to UT 148. Take UT 148 south to UT 14 which travels east for a little less than 8 miles to the Navajo Lake turn off on the right side of UT 14. Take the gravel/dirt road to Navajo Lake and park in the dike parking area. The trail head can be found by south of the dike parking area, after crossing the lake perimeter road. Watch for fast traveling RV's and other vehicles when crossing the lake road.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brian Head
   


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Review Date
August 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: KirkAstroth ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A great trail except for riding the road back to the trail head. The northside of the lake is fine, but the dirt road is bad and you get dusted by all the traffic on the road. I also parked at the dike but the "real" trailhead was further to the east on the dirt road (with no parking area to speak of).

Recommended Route:
Counterclockwise is best.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This is really not in the Brian Head area but more like the Duck Creek area. Not all that near Brian Head. But a great place to camp if you head all the way to the campground at the end of the road rather than camping at the numerous camp sites along the lake shore. Too many motorheads and fisher people.



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Review Date
September 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David Jaget ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have a cabin and have been visiting area for 10 years. Just rode this trail and all I can say is I'm a jerk for not having done it before. It is a well maintained single track with beautiful views. The ride features undulations with gentle curves and only one good climb before a long decent into the parking area. It is my kind of ride. I prefer single track/cross country scenic rides with limited technicality and climbs. That's pretty much what this was and there are many opportunities for great pictures. The trail is brimming with Aspens and I will be sure to be back in Autumn to photograph the contrast of yellow leaves and white trunks with the black lava and blue lake.

Recommended Route:
We went clockwise around lake, which I believe is opposite from what is usually described. This gave us a steep climb on tired legs, but the exhilaration of finishing with a long downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bunker Creek and Color Country over in Brian Head area.



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Review Date
September 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Marco Polo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A great ride. Was on my way back to Arizona and saw this ride close to my route. Rode it in mid-September, after a day of hard rain. Aspens were turning gold, trail was firm but not muddy... what more could you want!? Overall, it was exactly what I was looking for... pleasant but not at all boring. I surprised a couple of deer herds as I rounded corners; a nice bonus! I am an almost-50 intermediate rider, and completed the loop in 1 hr 10 minutes (including a few quick stops for photos). Although listed in some places as a ride for beginners or family, you gotta remember it is still a single-track ride. Nothing really technical, but enough uphill (especially going up the Virgin River Rim trail section) to be problematic for very young riders, or for novice mountain bikers. I highly recommend this ride.

Recommended Route:
I started at the dike parking lot, headed counterclockwise around the loop. Be prepared for some huffing and puffing as you head uphill on the Virgin River Rim trail section. The downwhill along the Lodge Trail is great!



Comments
Vernon Dozier (11/05/2007)
Dude, your written review makes the trail sound great, but then you only give it 2 out of 5 chili peppers?? Makes no sense.
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Review Date
August 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ricky J ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As described below, a lap of the beautiful Navajo Lake at 9000' which even includes a lava field! It's a fun rolling singletrack with scenery aplenty to distract the eye! It is part of Western Spirit's Bryce to Zion tour, on the afternoon we camped at the lake, and since I had already become acclimated to high altitudes by then my aerobic difficulty rating is less than it might've been.

Recommended Route:
We did the loop in clockwise direction, navigation is quite simple so not much worry of getting lost.



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Review Date
August 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Uzziboy ,  Weekend Warrior , from San Diego

Summary:
The camping at the lake is all open and campfires are permitted within rings in the improved campgrounds. Campimg is $10.00 per night. We were camping July 29, thru Aug. 3, at navaho lake and it rained every day, but the ground had been so try that it soaked in and became perfect for ridding,But be perpared it can rain pretty hard up there, which can make things mighty soggy if you are not ready, bring as many tarps as you can. Don't be scared we tent camped and I didn't even catch cold.

Recommended Route:
Te-Ah trail head, and around the lake counter clockwise. The Dike trail is a good downhill that drops you off near the spot where the trail crosses the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Left fork Bunker Creek, Thunder Mountain, lot's of riding in Brian Head



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