Red Ledges Trail (019)
ElevationAscent: 1,488' 453 m
Descent: -696' -212 m
High: 9,598' 2,925 m
Low: 8,501' 2,591 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“A narrow, backwoods trail through meadows and forests”— Eric Ashley
Starting from its westernmost end at the junction with Aspen Flat Trail (018), the trail descends gradually through a patchwork of trees and grass, periodically offering visitors great views of Twin Peaks. After a brief rockier section, the trail descends steeply for a third of a mile to its low point at a crossing of Indian Creek.
If the creek has backflowed into a muddy bog, there's a user-built bypass that should provide a reasonable way across.
After crossing the creek, the climbing resumes. While gradual at first, it quickly becomes steeper, navigating a pair of switchbacks before rising steadily along the contours of the slope. Upon reaching a craggy corner, the Red Ledges Access Trail (160) makes an appearance to the right, whereafter the trail continues with more rocky climbing. Eventually, the grade lessens as a section of rolling terrain begins.
Along this section, the trail's narrow singletrack continues to leapfrog from trees to meadows to create a beautiful alpine feel. As the trail crosses a low ridgeline, it begins a gradual, half-mile descent over one of its prettiest sections. Enjoy the open views, sunny meadows, and bright forests.
A small creek crossing signals the final, sustained climb to the intersection with the Robertson Pasture Trail. Near the top, the tread becomes more rough and rutted.
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Land Manager: USFS - Manti-La Sal National Forest