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The Wedge in San Rafael Swell

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 4.6 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is an epic destination run in central Utah with breathtaking views.


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22.1

Miles

35.5

KM

97%

Runnable

6,308' 1,923 m

High

5,979' 1,822 m

Low

1,490' 454 m

Up

1,509' 460 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

The Wedge is an epic destination run about 3 hours southeast of Salt Lake City. It consists of roughly 16 miles of trail on the edge of a Grand Canyon-like cliff. The trail is not technically difficult, but does have some rocks and roots and does get close to the cliff at times. You'll be rewarded with endless views the entire time.

Need to Know

This trail is best traveled in the Spring or Fall due to the extreme heat and lack of shade in the Summer.

Runner Notes

The trail is mostly hard packed with some sandy spots, and minimal rocks and roots with negligible elevation gain.

Description

There are many ways to run this route, but the most common is to park at The Wedge Overlook and start running from there. Follow the trail for approximately 16 miles, where you'll end up on a road. Follow this road (make a left turn at the two major intersections) all the way back around to The Wedge Overlook for a total of 22 miles.

You can also do this run as an out-and-back for a 50k. There is a campsite at about the mid-point that serves as a nice place for a water drop, or you can start here and run one section of the trail as an out-and-back and then the other section as an out-and-back.

There are bathrooms and picnic tables at The Wedge Overlook, but no other services (such as water).

Flora & Fauna

This is a high desert landscape with minimal flora and fauna.

History & Background

From: castlecountry.com/San-Rafae…

The Wedge Overlook is one of the best scenic vistas in the state. You'll see a dizzying viewpoint of this fantastically eroded gorge. It overlooks the San Rafael River as it flows through the "Little Grand Canyon." From this vantage point you can view Sid's Mountain Wilderness Study Area, Window Blind Peak and the southern Buckhorn Wash area. From the Wedge, travel east or west for more spectacular adventures. This is the perfect area for drivers, ATV riders, cyclists or hikers.

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Ryan Delany

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Photos

View from The Wedge Overlook
Apr 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
Overlooking "Little Grand Canyon" at The Wedge
Apr 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
Little Grand Canyon from the Wedge in San Rafael Swell Trail
Apr 7, 2015 near Castle…, UT
San Rafael Swell
May 19, 2015 near Ferron, UT
San Rafael Swell
May 19, 2015 near Ferron, UT
The Wedge.
May 19, 2015 near Ferron, UT

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Apr 24, 2020
Caleb Porter
Beautiful run! Perfect weather. The only thing I would add to the description is that the last five miles you run back on the campground trail 1-7 22mi — 4h 30m
Jan 26, 2019
Gwyn Fisher
May 15, 2018
Joe Harrington
Beautiful trail, in good shape. Nice cool breeze with almost no traffic. Just remember to stash some water. 21.3mi
Nov 9, 2017
Tomsen Reed
Awesome rim trail, I did half of the entire route but it was great, the Little Grand Canyon overlook is awesome 11.6mi — 1h 50m