Thought I'd share this trail since not many people run it.
Hole in the Rock Trail, 30 miles one way, not a loop.
So my buddy Alan and I decided to try a new (to us) trail "near" Moab that I’d read briefly about called Hole in The Rock. We had quite the adventure and racked up a huge amount of time in the heeps over 4 days, some cliff notes:
1). Its way far south of Moab, like a 3 hours south near Lake Powell and really remote. Nearest town with a very small NAPPA is 80 miles away. Not a very good place to break anything, and its good we didn’t.
2). Print a trail map before you leave, even consider at least reading something about the trail first. It would be really hard to route find even with a GPS track, it’s so remote there were no tire tracks, we saw 2 ATVs the entire time on the trail.
3). It’s a long trail, 30 miles in and 30 miles out. I’ll explain later how we made the 30 miles in closer to 60 miles (see 2 above) Seriously it's a long trail, out of the 30 miles one way about 15 are 20 MPH dirt roads and the rest is 5 MPH and a lot of sections you crawl at < 1 MPH. On the return leg we did it non stop and it took over 6 hours. I mean non stop, we spotted once or twice and stopped to take a leak a couple times.
4). Total seat time, 6 hours to Moab, 9.5 hours road/trail day one, 14 hours trail/road the following day, 6 hours back home from Moab.
Not many pics, no wife unit with me this time out.
Camping at my buddy’s house in Moab Monday night was pleasant, as you can tell from the pic I took about 30 miles south of Moab near Monticello.
Traffic down there is a pain, plan ahead for rush hour
OK, so we head to a small town called Hall’s Crossing, really a resort place with a ferry on Lake Powell. It had a convenience store, that was closed but the gas pumps worked, well one gave a network error.
Alan’s said “I hoped they were open and had a map, I forgot to print one, but you have one, right?” Blank stares all round.. Duhhhh.... Well what can go wrong, we saw a sign for the trail on the way in so we took off
This old truck near the start of the trail became somewhat significant because Alan remembered seeing a pic of it on a web site. We at least new we were on the right trail, cool, we are all set, just follow the tracks and we are good, right?