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Kokopelli Trail: Cisco to Westwater

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This is a scenic desert hike following dirt roads and ATV trails which are part of the Kokopelli Trail.


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14.4

Miles

23.2

KM

Point to Point

4,643' 1,415 m

High

4,158' 1,267 m

Low

645' 197 m

Up

483' 147 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

As a return to the Westwater Ranger Station boat launch from the Cisco takeout, this makes a great use of time between daily raft trips down through Westwater Canyon. The slow, rolling climbs up to the top of the mesa provide great views of the surrounding expanse. No water is available.

Need to Know

Make sure you have plenty of water. It's very dry, and there are no sources of water most of the year. If you are rafting/kayaking Westwater multiple days, then this is a great way to let others haul back the vehicles and watercraft while you get a good hike in. If you were to do this just as a hike, then you'll need to get dropped off at Cisco so you can meet the car back at Westwater Ranger Station/Put-in.

Description

The first 7.3 miles are on a traditional graded dirt/gravel road at which point you exit onto an ATV dual-track. I did this hike on a Saturday evening starting at about 5:30 p.m. and did not encounter another person, on foot or vehicle. It was completely isolated and was amazingly peaceful.

Between miles 3 and 4, you'll find agates sitting on the road bed. I saw a few lizards, ravens, vultures, and a hawk. The ATV trail drops down into a fun little gully, crossing into a climb up to the high-point of the hike at about 9.5 miles.

The descent runs past the train tracks, and I had a train pass going the other direction where the trail was only a few yards away... it was very loud. The ATV trail ends at the pavement by the railroad overpass, and you hike the pavement to the ranger station for the last 1.5 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards, birds, and small mammals (didn't see any of the mammals, but saw tracks).

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Shared By:

Vince Romney

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Early on in the run
May 29, 2018 near Moab, UT
Near the highpoint of the run, about mile 9.3
May 29, 2018 near Moab, UT

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