“Climb one of the westside's most scenic hills before plunging into the heart of the Lost Dog trails.”
— Brendan Ross
Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Circled by trails, Little Moab hill is one of the Lost Dog area's most scenic and fun, with sweeping views on all sides, interesting climbs and descents, and numerous examples of desert plants and wildlife. The hill's namesake trail turns off of Clyde's Trail from the south, wasting no time in ascending to the top and following the ridgeline towards the center of the park.
At the top, a turnoff to the left bisects the hill and connects to Little Moab West
. Continuing for another third of a mile, the trail makes a sharp right turn into a switchback; proceeding forward along the ridgeline will put you onto Little Moab West
at its northern endpoint. Follow the switchback onto a narrow singletrack that hugs the hillside, wrapping around to the northwest and descending into an arroyo. The trail dead ends into Baby Head
Flora & Fauna
The Franklins are filled with desert wildlife and you'll have the chance to see all sorts of plants and animals on a hike. Vegetation is best during the rainy months around summer when the desert blooms and the plants turn green. Jackrabbits, lizards and roadrunners are common, occasionally snakes will be on or near the trail. Watch for rattlers and give them a wild berth. If you get caught out past sundown, you may hear a few coyotes. Their howls are unnerving, but they generally leave people alone.