The Little Red Mountain Trail (Trail from the Crypt)
The Little Red Mountain Trail was identified and recommended in 2010 for BLM trail designation by the Uintah Mountain Club (UMC) which helped identify and pioneer the trail. The trail was designated that summer and through collaborative efforts from the UMC, the Oakley School, and the BLM, the trail now provides a sustainable recreation opportunity for the public. The trail shares its parking and beginning segment with the hiking and equestrian communities.
From there, the equestrians follow an old wagon road and then traverses a plateau to a slick rock overlook of the picturesque Ashley Creek. The equestrian trail has an intermediate hill climb which is fairly steep up the old wagon road and has some technical rock for your horse to get through.
The hikers head north up the slick rock where the views of Vernal are stunning. The hiking trail is approximately 1.5 miles in length and is suitable for intermediate hikers. The hike is best done in the spring/summer/fall, but please avoid the trail system when it is wet to prevent damage.
Anticipate a rapid change in elevation and rest frequently if you need to! The most difficult part of the trail is the beginning, through the small walkthrough (remember to close it!) gate. Bring lots of water as summer temperatures can be well over 100 degrees. Weather in this area changes quickly so be prepared for inclement changes!
Save the LittleRedMtn.GPX file to your GPS unit to help you stay on track! Right-click on the LittleRedMtn.GPX link, choose "Save Target as" and save it on your hard drive. Using DNRGarmin or MapSource send the .GPX file to your GPS device.
Driving Directions from Vernal, Utah (see map)
Travel north on 500 West which curves to the east and becomes UT Hwy 121. Turn north on 3500 West (Dry Fork Canyon Road). Turn north across Dry Fork on concrete bridge. Turn east on Dry Fork Cemetery road. Turn south on dirt road in front of cemetery fence. Travel through gate (remember to close the gate behind you) and proceed to parking at the intersection. Parking is not marked, and currently there is not a designated trailhead. Use your map and GPS unit to help you find your way. Hiking trail is marked with rock cairns and paint stripes. Equestrian trail will break off onto two-track wagon road.
For more information contact the recreation staff at the Vernal Field Office (435) 781-4400.