Confluence Overlook, UT

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Distance Round Trip 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,908 feet
Elevation Gain 105 feet
Accumulated Gain 130 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
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Confluence Overlook Trail
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Confluence Overlook Trail
7  2013-10-14 CannondaleKid
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Rough 4x4 drive, easy hike
by CannondaleKid

Overview: Totally awesome views of the Green and Colorado Rivers Confluence without the 10+ mile hike.

Warning: The drive to get to the Confluence Trailhead from the Elephant Canyon Trailhead will definitely require a high clearance, very capable 4x4. The Park Service calls it one of the most technical 4x4 roads in Utah, including steep grades, loose rock, stair-step drops, tight turns and backing.

Drive: If anything, this hike is probably more about the drive than the short 1-mile round-trip stroll at the end. Leaving Elephant Canyon TH the first thing you do is scale Elephant Hill. In the past, this used to be THE toughest part of the drive, so once you got into the one-way loop, no obstacle would be worse than you already encountered.
However... at present (Oct '13) this is no longer the case. For whatever reason the Park Service hauled gravel in and filled the lower 1/3 of the hill so even a 2WD car could go that far. While there is no gravel on the upper 2/3, over the years enough concrete has been added that a stock 4x4 can easily climb it.
Unfortunately, at this time I cannot speak for the rest of the drive because on this trip I did not have my very capable Cherokee along so I can only relate it from other sources. Suffice to say, if you aren't experienced at driving very rough terrain, stick with the 10+ mile Confluence Overlook Trail.

Hike: This short hike truly provides a ton of bang (awesome scenery) for the buck (effort). Rather than a hike, this is more of a half-mile stroll up a small hill, down the other side to the confluence overlook, take plenty of photos and explore a bit, then up and over the small hill again.

Water Sources: None

Camping: None

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2013-10-22 CannondaleKid
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Canyonlands National Park
Vehicles: $10 (Good for 7 days)

Map Drive
Strictly 4x4

To hike
From Moab: Drive 38 miles south on US 163 to UT 211, turn right onto UT 211 and continue 34 miles to the Visitor Center.

From Monticello: Drive 14 miles north on US 163, turn left onto UT 211 and continue 34 miles to the Visitor Center.

Continue along the paved road not quite 3 miles past the Visitor Center to the Squaw Flat Campground intersection. Turn left and continue a very short distance to the Elephant Canyon Road intersection, where you will turn right and again go a short distance at which point the roads becomes well-graded gravel. Continue for 3 miles until you reach the Elephant Canyon Trailhead. (The 3 miles up to this point are suitable for even very low clearance cars.) At the far end of the TH is Elephant Hill. Begin the 4x4 route by driving up Elephant Hill then continuing 1.5 miles to an intersection where you must turn left toward Devils Kitchen and continue for 2 miles. Turn right at Devils Kitchen and go half a mile to Devils Lane where you will turn right again, this time continuing for 1.6 miles to the New Bates Wilson campsite. From here is it a 1.6 mile two-way drive to the Confluence Trailhead.

On the return trip you travel 1.6 miles back to Bates Wilson, but turn left and go 2.2 miles to the Devils Kitchen intersection, where you travel 1.5 miles back over the two-way section to Elephant Hill.
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