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Jones Hole Trail, UT

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,559 feet
Elevation Gain 774 feet
Accumulated Gain 774 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 - 5 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 11.87
Interest Ruins & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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9  2019-05-31 Steph_and_Blake
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 61
Photos 2,522
Trips 176 map ( 751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  4:46am - 7:51pm
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permit required for 30 days in the hole
by Steph_and_Blake

Although not often seen, this is black bear and mountain lion territory. There are also two short stretches of poison ivy along the trail.

Jones Hole Trail is a beautiful, scenic hike along a babbling stream for a high desert area, through lush vegetation, past some rock art, and to the junction with the Green River. Bonus - opportunity to see some bighorn sheep up close.

John Wesley Powell gave Jones Hole its name during his 1871 expedition down the Green River. He named the area in honor of the expedition's photographer, Stephen Vandiver Jones. Local lore, however, says that the full name (Jones Hole) came into being in 1883 when a Charley Jones hid in the area for an entire winter after believing he had killed another man. Upon learning that the other man had lived, supposedly, Charley yelled: "You mean I can finally get out of this hole?!"

The hike begins at the parking lot next to the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery (which is interesting in and of itself). The trail hugs the fence on the hatchery's east side before entering the wooded area along the stream. At this point, the stream will be on your right as you follow the mostly packed dirt trail. You may encounter an occasional angler attempting to land a trout or someone cooling off in the water. Be on the lookout for bighorn sheep. The ones we encountered behaved as if we weren't even there.

About 1 3/4 miles into the hike, you'll cross the stream on a well-built bridge. Shortly after the bridge, pay attention to off-shoots from the main trail. This is where you'll find the bold, red pictographs. After pondering the meaning of the rock art, rejoin the main course and continue southward towards the Green River. The scenery along the way changes from significant shade from the canopy of trees, to small meadows, to soaring sandstone walls, to a tranquil stream dotted with areas of mini-whitewater.

After 4 miles, you'll lose sight of the stream and head a little southwest to reach the Green. Follow the signs for the "Day Use Area" to get to the beach. The river is green-ish (at least compared to the Colorado River), and it would be fun to watch rafters float by. There's shade in spots, and you can find some downed trees to serve as a chair of sorts for a snack break.

Return the way you came.

Water Sources
I believe there was a sign indicating that you should not drink water in the stream, but we didn't pay attention as to why. It was crystal clear, and I don't know why you couldn't filter/treat the water. But, to be on the safe side, take all you'll need.

There is one camping spot right off the trail where Ely Creek joins Jones Hole, and there's also a camping spot along the Green River. Both require backcountry permits.

We rated the difficulty of this hike a 2.5 only for the length. The elevation gain/loss is barely noticeable over the 4-mile length.

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2019-06-04 Steph_and_Blake
    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 $$

    Dinosaur National Monument
    2019 - $25 per vehicle
    Current @ Fees & Passes

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Starting at the western visitor center of Dinosaur National Monument, drive south towards the town of Jensen. Turn right onto Brush Creek Road. Take Brush Creek Road to the Diamond Mountain Road. Then take the Jones Hole Road to the end.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Jun 04 2019 2:09 pm
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