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Pritchett Canyon/Hunter Rim Loop

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  3.9 ( 18 ) Favorite

Trail

12.5 mile 20.1 kilometer loop
92% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,614' 492 m
Descent: -1,617' -493 m
High: 4,803' 1,464 m
Low: 3,971' 1,210 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Map Key

A very technical Moab-style trail. You'll see arches, petroglyphs, & other cool features.

Chris Martinez

Features Views

The last two miles of this loop if done clockwise are extremely difficult to navigate. The grade is inaccurate. There are portions of climbing and descending 90 degrees. It is easy to get lost or cliffed out. There is extreme exposure with some high risk scrambling and bouldering involved. The cairns are few and not visible. Use extreme caution.

Overview

The terrain is rocky and sandy with short, steep ascents. Some highlights you'll see are arches, petroglyphs, a granary, views of Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area, killer singletrack above Hunter Rim Trail and Gatherer Canyon, and a spring.

Need to Know

This is recommended as an expert-only trail loop. There is an extremely technical section along the Hunter Canyon Rim with exposure and route-finding where experience is needed.

Runner Notes

At the start of Pritchett Canyon there is a $1 fee to cross private property.

Description

This 12.4-mile loop has long, rugged sections in Pritchett Canyon and Hunter Canyon Rim Trail. Hunter Canyon Rim Trail has high, exposed singletrack and is above Gatherer Canyon. There are a few rock arches in Pritchett Canyon and a granary up a side drainage just before the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail singletrack.

Most people complete this route clockwise, starting at Pritchett Canyon and end at Gatherer Canyon. The only major turn is at the Pritchett Canyon/Behind the Rocks/Hunter Rim Junction. Turn right at this junction onto the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail.

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Oct 12, 2019
Joi Roberts
This trail is extremely difficult to follow at the end. There is a lot of exposure and scrambling at the end. I got lost several times.
May 11, 2019
Gregory Sanche
Pritchett is okay, but Hunter Rim is wonderfull 20.1mi — 9h 45m
Mar 2, 2019
Knightsof Never
Nov 23, 2018
J SM
Oct 15, 2018
Abigail Lock
Starts out on an off road vehicle path. Once the trail becomes singletrack, advanced route finding required. Fun, sandy, and scrambly! 14.2mi
May 1, 2018
Rae Cramer
Super fun, especially hunter canyon portion!
Nov 7, 2017
Annie Lo
Apr 5, 2017
Adam Pecan
Awesome! Found cool granary.

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 18 votes

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#3

in Amasa Back

#110

in Utah

#1,820

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Photos

Beautiful structures typical of this area in Utah
Nov 28, 2016 near Moab, UT
Hunter Rim on Behind the Rocks Ultra!
Aug 20, 2015 near Moab, UT
Monolith!
Nov 28, 2016 near Moab, UT
One of the four arches I saw on the run.
Oct 13, 2019 near Moab, UT
Pritchett Canyon is easy to navigate, a 4x4 road the entire way. Sand, boulders, and a little climbing at the end.
Oct 13, 2019 near Moab, UT
The Pritchett Canyon portion of the trail... a few jeeps in the beginning but then not a soul for miles and miles.
Oct 13, 2019 near Moab, UT

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