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 hike 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.
Shared By: John Maurizi