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Sylvester Trail

Intermediate

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3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 874' 266 m
Descent: -124' -38 m
High: 5,147' 1,569 m
Low: 4,358' 1,328 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by John Maurizi

An underrated trail that heads past prominent rock formations in the Castle Valley.

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The Sylvester Trail is in the Onion Creek area of Moab and follows open desert through Professor Valley drainage. The trail passes several unique rock formations on the right which dominate the skyline.

From the parking area, follow the trail which is relatively flat and easy. The trail will cross a dry wash several times before it begins to ascend a bench on the right. The trail weaves along this bench gradually ascending. The rock formations include the "Preacher," "The Nuns", "Rectory" and Castleton Tower. Once the trail passes the foot of Castleton Tower, it will begin to descend slightly.

When you reach a dirt 4x4 road, the Sylvester Trail ends and you return the way you came. It is possible to reach the La Sal Loop Road from here by crossing this dirt road and follow the trail to a second dirt road where you can turn right and follow out to the loop road.

I recommend this run during the early morning. There is no protection from the sun so spring or fall may be the best time of year for this one.

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Sylvester Trail at sunrise
Jun 27, 2018 near Moab, UT
Castleton Tower on the left
Jun 27, 2018 near Moab, UT
Sylevster Trail with the Preacher and Nuns formation in the distance
Jun 27, 2018 near Moab, UT
View from the Sylvester Trail
Jun 27, 2018 near Moab, UT
Sylvester Trailhead
Jun 27, 2018 near Moab, UT

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