Historic Babylon - Little Purgatory Loop
ElevationAscent: 983' 300 m
Descent: -983' -300 m
High: 3,820' 1,164 m
Low: 2,908' 886 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Open desert loop with good views of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.”— John Maurizi
When you emerge from the vegetation, the Little Purgatory Trail will be on your left. Continue straight as the Historic Babylon Trail works its way uphill across varied terrain. At some points, the trail is difficult to follow. Watch for cairns, some of which are small.
At about 2.5 miles, the trail reaches a barbed wire fence overlooking the town of Leeds. Make a sharp left and the trail will steadily climb at times passing through the fence in several locations. After one long switchback, the trail ends and the Little Purgatory Trail begins. This spot is marked by a three-foot high plastic marker.
Continue on the Little Purgatory Trail as it works its way back toward the trailhead. To the right are great views of the Red Cliffs. The trail back is very steep at times with many switchbacks. When the trail meets the Historic Babylon Trail, turn right and return to the parking area.
Land Manager: Red Cliffs Desert Reserve