Hop Creek Trail (022)
ElevationAscent: 2,414' 736 m
Descent: -356' -109 m
High: 8,394' 2,559 m
Low: 6,155' 1,876 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A long trail from the bank of Hop Creek to the top of Shay Mesa.”— Eric Ashley
From here, the trail continues to climb toward Shay Mesa through scrubby juniper. The contours and ridges in this area translate into easy going along the sandy trail. You'll cross over a few more drainages, but don't expect much in the way of shade.
At around four miles, the trail descends into a shallow draw before ramping up for a steep climb on the other side. After navigating an additional series of drainages, the trail pretty much heads straight up, with little in the way of switchbacks to offset the grade.
This steady climbing peaks at a small ridge at the edge of the mesa. The views are pretty nice from here, which is great because you'll probably feel like taking a break. An easy beeline to the FS Road (104) is all that separates you from the end of the trail.
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Land Manager: USFS - Manti-La Sal National Forest