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blue Brins Mesa - Soldier Pass Loop

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Trail

8.0 mile 12.9 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 970' 296 m
Descent: -970' -296 m
High: 5,066' 1,544 m
Low: 4,500' 1,372 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (10°)

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Trail shared by John Maurizi

A loop hike that includes all of Brins Mesa Trail and Soldier Pass Trail.

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Overview

This loop starts from Dry Creek Road (152), also known as Vultee Arch Road. To access the Brins Mesa Trailhead from the side requires a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. There are some amazing views from atop Brins Mesa and as you enter Soldier's Pass.

Need to Know

Start early in the morning. There is a lot of sun exposure so bring a hat, sun block, and plenty of water.

Description

For this loop, I started this from Vultee Arch Rd. to W. Park Ridge Drive. In this direction, the trail starts off flat and crosses a dry creek bed several times. The trail is relatively easy to follow. This section passes through junipers that offer some shade. Eventually, the trail begins to climb exiting the creek bed and junipers. After about one mile, you'll have great views of the surrounding red rock.

The top of the mesa is really a pass as you are surrounded by higher elevation red rock. After passing a large peak near the trail on the right, the route begins to descend steeply. This would be a very difficult section if you hike in the reverse direction. Short switchbacks take you down the bottom where the trail levels off again as you approach the trailhead at W. Park Ridge Drive.

Just before the parking area, on the right, you'll see Cibola Pass Trail. Turn right here and follow the trail for about a half mile until you reach the junction with the Jordan Trail. The two trails merge so just continue straight. After about another half mile you'll reach the Soldier Pass Trail. You can't miss this as it has constructed stone cairns and signage. Turn right here.

Soldier Pass Trail begins to climb gradually for about .25 mile when you reach Devils Kitchen, a sink hole with a large block of sandstone balanced on the side. About another .25 mile up the trail, you'll pass a series of seven potholes carved in the sandstone by water runoff.

The trail continues uphill and begins to get steeper. After about one mile from the trailhead, you can see Soldier's Pass Arch. Because of the open country, this remains in view for another half mile as the trail begins to get very steep. The Arch is difficult to spot but at mid-day you can clearly see light shining on the ground behind the arch. Access to the arch can be gained from the Brins Mesa Trail.

The trail begins to even out and turn to the right where it will end on the Brins Mesa Trail. Turn left and follow Brins Mesa Trail back to the trailhead on Vultee Arch Road.

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Apr 28, 2019
Diana A
Apr 22, 2019
Avid Hiker
3h 30m
Apr 21, 2019
Jian Liu
Apr 19, 2019
Amy McClintock
Beautiful hike! — 4h 09m
Mar 21, 2019
michael Thompson
5.5mi
Mar 17, 2019
Shoshana Goldberg
Jan 1, 2019
Kyle Tieman-Strauss
7.2mi
Dec 24, 2018
Nick Shay
Great day! 8mi

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  4.7 from 23 votes

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Scott Sichler   Oregon
Beautiful hike. Unless you have a 4x4 you might want to skip the trailhead off Dry Creek Road and just start from Soldier Pass and loop back from Brins Mesa. May 14, 2019

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