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Hunter Canyon Rim

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4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 267' 81 m
Descent: -721' -220 m
High: 4,616' 1,407 m
Low: 4,070' 1,240 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

One of the last "Old School" Moab trails where just finding the way is a big challenge.

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Pick a day after recent rain for the best sand conditions and cooler temperatures--there's precious little shade on this trail. Come loaded with extra food and water in case you bonk, get lost, or otherwise have an epic journey. I highly recommend a good map or the Trail Run Project mobile app: there are a lot of spur road options.

However, once you reach the trailhead, run out Behind The Rocks Road, keeping to the main graded road past many spurs. The road has occasional carsonite markers and the spurs are mostly smaller, so you shouldnt have too much trouble staying on route. There are however, three major exceptions: in the first 1/2-mile, and where the road drops into two big cottonwood washes. When in doubt, go left.

You'll encounter graded road, sand, loose rubble, ledges, slickrock and finally singletrack on this trail. The faint one-track segment at the end of the trail can be a tricky to follow as it snakes over slickrock benches and through boulder gardens. Fortunately, the Hunter Canyon Rim is narrow, so its hard to get too lost without rappelling off a cliff. This is a very difficult trail segment, with little engineering and big natural features with gravity working against you.

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Hunter Rim on Behind the Rocks Ultra!
Aug 20, 2015 near Moab, UT
Beautiful structures typical of this area in Utah
Nov 28, 2016 near Moab, UT
Overview video of this awesome race.
Oct 29, 2015 near Moab, UT
Hunter Canyon Rim right before the really good stuff
Jul 7, 2019 near Moab, UT

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