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Temple Mountain Trail, Temple Wash Loop version
This trail is an ATV track that loops around Temple Mountain in the southern San Rafael Swell. This loop is 9.3 miles, with 800 vertical feet of climbing. It begins east of the Reef, rounds Temple Mountain, then exits the Reef again through North Temple Wash. (The alternate lariat Ridge Loop is 2 miles longer, and requires 600 additional feet of climbing.) This trail features some fairly stiff climbing on ATV-track. Difficulty is intermediate due to some loose rock and occasional wash-outs.
Riding notes, Temple Wash Loop:
0.0  From parking on the paved road, go west
       N 38 39.194' W 110 39.260'  alt=5300'
1.8  Just after log fence (on L), turn R
       N 38 39.946' W 110 40.911'  alt=5400'
       Go NE along lowest ridge break
2.1  Keep R (L goes to stone cabins)
2.5  Fork L northwest (R goes to Ridge route)
       N 38 40.416' W 110 40.794'  alt=5630'
3.7  After stiff climb, keep straight and uphill
       N 38 41.199' W 110 41.208'
4.3  Peak altitude 6010'. W side of mountain
4.8  Straight (R) downhill
       N 38 41.407' W 110 40.459'   alt=5830'
5.4  Straight (L) and E towards cabins
       N 38 41.142' W 110 40.089'
5.3  Pass cabins, keep L and east downhill
5.9  Orange trail in from L, keep straight
       N 38 41.103' W 110 39.408'
6.2  Ridge DT in from L, stay E on road
       N 38 40.850' W 110 39.322'  alt=5400'
       Go down bottom of N. Temple Wash
8.1  Ignore sandy DT exiting wash
8.3  Fork R on DT as it crosses wash
       N 38 39.635' W 110 38.376'  alt=5250'
       Stay on main road
9.2  Veer R at fork
9.3  Back at car
Getting there: Heading southeast on US-6 near Green River, turn right onto I-70. 8.1 miles later, take Exit 149 for Hanksville/Goblin Valley. Turn left (south) and drive 23.5 miles, then turn right on the paved road towards Goblin Valley and Temple Mountain. Five miles later, park on the right side of the road, where the Goblin Valley Road turns left (south). N 38 39.194' W 110 39.260'. Begin riding west on pavement (the direction you were driving in your car) towards Temple Mountain. 

For the Temple Wash Loop, follow the blue arrows.

Copyright 2002 Mad Scientist Software IncTrail conditions change, and the layout of a trail may change without notice. Use this trail guide at your own risk.