|Tusher Canyon (Left) Trail
This trail features a huge slickrock playground in the
Entrada sandstone on top of the cliffs above Tusher Canyon. Looking at the
cliffs from the bottom of the wash, you might not believe you can get
there. But you can, and it's not as spooky as it looks.
The twin towers are your landmark as
you climb southbound up the sandstone toward the wide-open slickrock
playground. Photos of Alex Rodriguez by Randal Klein April 7, 2010. (Many
Starting from the
trailhead in the wash, it's 1.5 miles to the playground. There you'll find
a huge expanse of gradually sloping sandstone, with small ledges, bowls,
and other fun stuff. You can head another mile south and east over this
huge area of open rock. Altitude gain is 300 feet.
Alex ramps up the Entrada sandstone.
Lots of room to ride around.
||Some riders start from the parking area just
beyond the railroad tracks. From here, it's 4 miles to the real trailhead.
If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, we suggest you skip the road. The
first two miles are absolutely boring desert, then you have to hike
through a mile of unrideable sand. Our description assumes you drove the
wash, and are starting at the slickrock trailhead.
packs his bike up to the next ramp. There are at least three portages,
where you have to carry your bike up to the next ledge. In the background,
sandstone of the Curtis Formation lies on top of the smooth Entrada
sandstone. October 22, 2000
|From the rock ramp, head straight towards the cliff. When
you reach the "hoodoos" at 0.1 miles, look for a rockpile on
top, and jump or portage your bike up. Ride a few hundred feet, and spot
the rockpile marking the next portage up the rock. Ride the ledge south a
bit, watching carefully for further rockpiles. You'll have three spots
where you have to play mountain goat, packing your bike 20 or 30 feet up the slope to
the next ledge.
The La Sal Mountains provide a
||At one mile, you'll be nearing the end of the ledge-running,
and getting close to the white rock that caps the bluff. Don't go over the
top. Stay just below the white rock. After you pass the twin towers,
you'll enter the slickrock playground.
On a gloomy rainy day in 2000, Gary cruises the entrada sandstone
bowls of Tusher Canyon.
| Playtime! If you want to continue around to
the east side, just ride east close to the break between the dirt and the
orange rock. You'll drop down to a second playground.
Alex finds a lot to like at Tusher.
||Getting there: From I-70, drive south on US-191 for
16 miles. You'll pass the airport, then a dirt road (Blue Hills Road) on
the right, then the Klondike Bluffs parking area on the left, then you'll
spot a dirt road crossing the railroad tracks in some trees on the right,
titled Mill Canyon Road.
From Moab's center street, drive north 15.5 miles. Watch for the dirt
Mill Canyon Road on your left where the railroad tracks come very close to
the road, just past a smallish hill on your left.
Once on the dirt road, go 0.6 miles and turn right, following the sign
to Tusher Canyon. At 1.3 miles, keep left on the main road. At 2.7 miles,
the road drops into the wash. Turn left up the wash (the greenish road on
the right goes to Bartlett Wash). Keep left at the next two forks, staying
in the wash. When the wash opens up into a small flat valley at 4.0 miles,
watch for a rockpile on your left marking a rock "road" that
heads to the cliffs.