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Goblin's Lair Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 69' 21 m
Descent: -160' -49 m
High: 4,962' 1,513 m
Low: 4,802' 1,464 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

Venture to Goblin's Lair—an impressive cave on the east side of the park.

Tilman Giese

Features Cave · Views

Need to Know

Bring water as it can get quite hot in the desert.

Description

This trail leads around the northern tip of the rocks that form Goblin Valley to the east side of Goblin Valley State Park. You have great views of Molly's Castle and into the barren east of the San Rafael Desert.

The trail is not always obvious; try to stay close to the rocks on your right. At the end, the trail zigzags steeply up the rocky slope and dips into the mountain unveiling a very large cave. You can descend to the cave floor, but the path down is very steep and slippery. The cave is typically cool, even on a hot summer day.

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Amazing shades of red from the rocks east of Carmel Canyon Trail make this a very pleasant walk
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Looking north from Goblin's Lair towards Mollys Castle
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
The area east of Goblin Valley State Park is actually quite barren and desolate
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Looking south from Goblin's Lair
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Goblin's Lair - a very big and deep cave. The trail down is very steep, caution advised.
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
A rock formation similar to The Three Sisters further west in Goblin Valley State Park
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT

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