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Slickrock Foot Trail, UT

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Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,987 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.9
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking
 Dogs not allowed
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5  2010-11-08 hippiepunkpirate
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author avatar Guides 25
Routes 36
Photos 2,877
Trips 657 map ( 2,276 miles )
Age 36 Male Gender
Location Peoria, AZ
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Sun  7:29am - 5:35pm
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Smooth rock amongst the Needles
by hippiepunkpirate

The Slickrock Foot Trail is a well cairned route in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. As the name suggests, most of this hike takes place on sandstone slickrock. A NPS brochure about the trail is provided at the trailhead, and the honors system dictates that you pay 50 cents if you decide to keep it. The brochure provides a map of the trail, shows the major landmarks of the area, and gives general information on the geology.

The trail heads north from the roadside pullout into a slickrock jungle in the Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The trail starts out sandy but you quickly make a small ascent into the slickrock, and then its all about following the cairns. From the brochure, you will see the trail makes a loop, with 4 designated "viewpoints" along the way. Assuming that you go in a counter-clockwise motion, the first three viewpoints overlook Little Spring Canyon, while the fourth overlooks Big Spring Canyon. Being slickrock, the area is sparsely vegetated so you really have good views for the entire hike, the "viewpoints" just let you peek into the nearby sidecanyons. Being in a broad valley, most of the landmarks look pretty far off. Landmarks in view include Island of the Sky, Junction Butte, Mollies Nipple, Six Shooter Peak, the La Sal Mountains, the Abajo Mountains and the Needles. Hidden from view, the Colorado River is only a mile or two north of the slickrock. At viewpoints 2 and 3, you can see a ripirian zone in Little Spring Canyon that indicates the location of the actual spring. Potholes are copious throughout the hike, sometimes dry and sometimes with water in them. It's a decent hike but may leave something to be desired if you don't supplement it with a hike in the actual Needles.

This hike is very exposed to the elements due to the lack of vegetation. Beware of the heat in the summer, bring lots of water.

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2010-11-10 hippiepunkpirate
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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.

 Permit $$

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

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Monticello drive north of US 191. Turn left at highway 211, signed as the turnoff for Canyonlands National Park. Pay the fee to enter the park, and continue straight to near the end of road to a signed pulloff for the Slickrock Foot Trail.
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