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Distance One Way 13.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,566 feet
Avg Time One Way 3-4
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14  2016-06-24 cw50must
Author cw50must
author avatar Guides 11
Routes 2
Photos 3,132
Trips 244 map ( 1,237 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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by cw50must

Gemini Bridges is a 4wd road that connects Highway 191 and Highway 313 just north of Moab. Near the middle of the route is 2 natural bridges right next to each other known as The Gemini Bridges. A short hike is required to see the bridges.

This route can be driven in either direction. The popular way is to stat on the Moab side (191) and end on 313. This could be used as a very scenic way to enter Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky) or Dead horse point State Park. Alternatively it could be ran the other direction as an alternative way back into town.

Starting from 191 the trail quickly climbs up a narrow shelf road. the views up here are spectacular and you can tell just how high up you really are based on how small the cars look below on the highway. Once you climb back down you will be on a sandy route that crosses in front of Gooney Bird Rock. There is also a BLM camping area in this vicinity. You'll start a short rocky climb soon, the rocks aren't that big, but a high clearance vehicle will be required. 4wd would be helpful. The rocky section has been ground down, I'm sure back in the day it was much more challenging. Soon after you will reach the Gemini Bridges trail head. Its a short hike, less than a mile, down to the bridges. The bridges are cool to check out, you can even walk on them, just don't try to jump the gap. The gap is 6-10 feet wide in some areas and there is a history of people not making it a across, check google if interested. After Hiking back and getting in your vehicle the trail to Highway 313 is pretty easy going, a mostly graded dirt road. The BLM has done a good job marking the trail.

It should be noted there are several other 4x4 trails that branch off of Gemini Bridges and most are of a more difficult level. There are also several single track mountain bike trails in the area that cross over this route, keep your eyes out for mountain bikers.

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2016-07-07 cw50must
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Gemini Bridges
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    During our Mighty Five trip, we took some time to do a few things that were not national park related. One of them was doing the Gemini Bridges "Jeep" trail. My excuse was that this was the scenic way into town from Canyonlands. We did this backwards from most, starting on 313 and bringing it into 191. I actually think this is the better way because you get the boring dirt road section out of the way first, then you end with the cool shelf road. My truck had no problem with this trail, not sure I would have needed 4wd, but you for sure need high clearance. It's pretty tame by Moab standards I could see the wash crossing being a different story if it had been rainy.

    The Hike: The hike to the bridges is short, probably a mile round trip at best. The BLM has a parking area and a descriptive sign. The bridges are pretty cool. at first it seems just like a hole in the ground but once you get close the bridges come into view. You will see a trail down under the bridges, it is not accessed from here, there is another road and hike that will get you there.

    Video: https://youtube.com ... Wwn4

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    From Moab drive north about 10 miles and turn left to start the trail. It is driectly across from the turn off for the Moab Brand Trails (mountain biking area)
    page created by cw50must on Jul 07 2016 5:47 pm
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