There’s been a lot of interest in the details of the Paiute trail trip we took in August of 2014. We thought it might be helpful to others to have some of the details of the trip, to help them plan for their upcoming trips. Note that this page will continue to grow as we have more details to share, so be sure to check back often.
A Few Things to Note
- When listing trails, you’ll see people (us included) say “PT01” for the main Paiute Trail loop. PT is short for Paiute Trail.
- Some of the trails we took were limited to 50″ vehicles, and some 60″ vehicles. We are not listing individual trail width restrictions on this list, because some of the trail width limitations could have changed. Ultimately, it is up to you to ensure you are compliant with trail width restrictions. We found the ATV Utah site very helpful while planning our trip.
- For all the connecting trails, you”ll see us say “PST”, meaning Paiute Side Trail. For example, PST61, etc.
- During the course of the trip, we used both the National Geographic map, and the Fish Lake National Forest Map. We would highly recommend that you have both. The Fish Lake National Forest Maps can be found by CLICKING HERE. Note that if you call the ranger office, they will mail you paper copies of the maps for free. We highly recommend that you get the paper maps because some of the trails we took on our trip were not listed on the National Geographic map. There is a lot more detail on the National Forest map.
- We would also recommend that you carry the National Geographic map which does a great job of showing you the main trails. CLICK HERE to view the Nat Geo map on Amazon. The summary, get both. You won’t regret it.
- In addition to having the maps, we highly recommend that you carry a GPS with you, and preload the GPS way-points provided on this page. This will make your travel in the back country much less stressful.
- Be sure to save “On The Trail ATV Repair” contact information. This is a local place that will repair your ATV’s, even out on the trail. The address is 3700 No. HWY 89, Marysvale Utah. email@example.com. 435.633.5700. Very nice folks.
- Carrying Gas is a must. Each of us carried either a 5 gallon gas can, or 3 2-gallon Rotopax fuel packs. You’ll have to plan your route carefully with fuel stops in mind. We filled up with fuel on day 2 before left Marysvale and Day 3 in Marysvale. When we returned Thursday night (Day 5), our fuel lights were a blinking. Next time we travel the Paiute ATV trail, we will not cut it that close.
- Note that is not gas in Circleville or Antimony. On the south end, there is gas in Junction, but we did not make the trip.
CLICK HERE to watch the video from Day 1.
Day 1 was a large loop up and into the Pavant Mountains. We rode all day, then trailered our ATV’s down to the Rose Ranch Resort CLICK HERE to stay the night.
- We started off an PST 04, which is Forest Road 096. You can park and start at these coordinates; 38.772312, -112.099859. Google Maps Link
- We rode on PST 04 to PT 01, and then headed north. 38.775523, -112.194749. Google Maps Link
- We followed the 01 until we turned northwest on the PST 03 (FSR 103) at 38.853900,-112.227305. Google Maps Link
- We followed PST03 until it intersected with FR385 at 38.920316,-112.279199. Google Maps Link. FR385 is not listed on the Nat Geo map, so be sure to reference it on the Fish Lake National Forest Map.
- Turning right onto FR385, we followed it to 38.920787,-112.268885, where it intersects with FR856. You’ll know you have arrived when you cross the raised cattle guard. Google Maps Link. To see how this crossing looked, CLICK HERE. We turned left onto FR856, or northwest. Note that this road doesn’t actually show up on google maps as a road, but you can see the trail if you view it in satellite mode.
- We followed FR856 until 38.945881, -112.286657, where it intersects with an unmarked trail. This is actually a shortcut over to PST324. When we arrived at this coordinate, we turned right, or northeast. Google Maps Link
- We followed PST324 all the way to . PST324 crosses New Chalk Creek Canyon Road, or FR100, at 38.939918, -112.269584. You can opt to turn left and ride the road to meet up with PST03 or PST07.
- We opted to ride PST03 to reach Copeley coves because we were interested in the water crossing. Before doing so, we rode to the Chalk Creek Hieroglyphs, which can be found at 38.947051,-112.261162. Google Maps Link.
- We rode PST03 back to PT01 at 38.944820,-112.130624, turned south and returned to our vehicles. Google Maps Link
CLICK HERE to watch the video from Day 2.
Day 2 we set out on the camping part of our trip. We stayed the night at started our day at the Rose Ranch Resort, CLICK HERE. We would highly recommend staying a night at the Rose Ranch Resort. Not only do they have nice cabins and such, but they let us leave our vehicles parked on the property. Of course, if any members of your group decide they do not want to camp out on the trail the entire trip, they can always return and either get a cabin or camp on the property. Give’em a call, ask for Nathan, and let’em know that the Washington ATV Association recommended them. We don’t get anything for this other than them knowing that we are spreading the word about them.
- Leaving the Rose Ranch Resort, we grabbed breakfast in town and headed out to the Barney Lake trail. for turn by turn directions from the Rose Ranch Resort to the Barney Lake Trail head, CLICK HERE.
- We rode up the 50″ Barney Lake Trail and connected with PT01 at 38.479830, -112.075314. Google Maps Link
- We then headed south on PT01 until it connects with PST89 at 38.457677,-112.055429. Google Maps Link
- We then followed PST89 to where it intersects with PT01 at 38.504315, -112.033546. Google Maps Link
- We headed east on PT01, connected with PST78, and followed it to Monroe Peak at coordinates 38.504315, -112.033546. Google Maps Link
- After the Monroe peak, we had intended to ride trails 33, 53, and 54, before making our way back to the Manning Meadows reservoir, next to Barney Lake. There is a dispersed camp ground at Manning Meadows (38.484869, -112.074326). Due to the storm that we waited out, we arrived at the trail head to PST33, 38.532622, -111.952653, we realized that we would not be able to complete it before dark. So we headed west on PT01 and setup camp at 38.524996,-111.970973, which you see on the video (Google Maps Link). It would be worth checking out the Manning Meadows area, which we did not have the chance to do.
CLICK HERE to watch the video from Day 3.
Day 3 we headed down the Monroe Mountains, and crossed over to the Tushar Mountains, ending up near the Freemon Indian Reservation. Here’s the route we took.
- Leaving our campsite, we traveled west on PT01. Note that our campsite is on FR068, which the PT01 follows for a short distance. As you travel west, PT01 leaves FR068 and follows FR078 at 38.492547, -111.998383 (Google Maps Link). Once we reached waypoint 38.507276, -112.052483, (Google Maps Link, we remained on FR078 and headed north. PT01 follows FR083 south from here.
- As you pass the Monroe Peak, you’ll come to waypoint 38.544002,-112.080738 (Google Maps Link where we shot the video opener, overlooking Hunts Lake.
- We then turned onto trail 919 at 38.551327, -112.089535, Google Maps Link, which will take you down to Hunts Lake.
- After Hunts Lake, we continued west on PST088. This map is not on the Nat Geo map, so be sure you have your Fishlake National Forest Map with you. We followed PST088 all the way to waypoint 38.544803, -112.148697, Google Maps Link. Take note that when the trail ends, you actually cross a road to get down to this waypoint.
- Once we reached waypoint 38.544803, -112.148697, we turn left and headed south to connect up with FR024, or PST24, and waypoint 38.527515, -112.167432, Google Maps Link. Getting to waypoint 38.527515, -112.167432 can be a little confusing. There are a lot of turn off options. At 38.541373, -112.149312, stay to the right (you are heading south)(Google Maps Link). Also, at 38.535595, -112.154528 (Maps Link, we crossed over in the fenced area and followed the fence south. We don’t recall if it was marked for us to do that, but we do remember following this fence. At 38.525276, -112.164548, we crossed the fence again and connected up with FR024, or PST24, and waypoint 38.527515, -112.167432
- Once on PST24, also known as Monroe Mountain Road, we followed this south to the intersection of PST22, also known as Iron Cap Road, at waypoint 38.477529, -112.209579, Google Maps Link. Note that if you need supplies, or just want a hot cooked lunch, it’s a short trip to Marysvale from here, only 2.8 miles. We went to Marysvale for fuel and to grab lunch.
- We then followed PST22 to PST74 at waypoint 38.485375, -112.226322, Google Maps Link. Be sure to stay left on PST22 at waypoint 38.480044,-112.208849 (Google Maps Link).
- We followed PST74 crossing the Sevier River on the ATV bridge at waypoint 38.508610, -112.258154 (Google Maps Link), then crossing HWY 89 at 38.503199, -112.258250 (Google Maps Link, and then headed north on PT01 at waypoint 38.467171, -112.364941, Google Maps Link.
- We stopped off at the Silver King Mine, waypoint 38.481296,-112.371249 (Maps Link), and then continued on PT01 down the Max Reid Trail at waypoint 38.484241,-112.366537, Google Maps Link.
- We followed the Max Reid Trail and stayed north on PT01 where the Max Reid intersects with FR475 at waypoint 38.512109, -112.346565 (Google Maps Link.
- We continued north on PT01 until we reached our campsite at waypoint 38.512109, -112.346565, Google Maps Link.
CLICK HERE to watch the video from Day 4.
Day 4 we headed across the Tushar Mountains, exploring several Forest Roads along the way before setting up camp for the night at the “Big Flat” area. Here’s the route we took.
- Starting at our campsite, at waypoint 38.512109, -112.346565, Google Maps Link, we traveled north on PT01 to PST79 at waypoint 38.575323, -112.336550 (Google Maps Link.
- We turned north on FR475 at waypoint 38.558952, -112.355156 (Google Maps Link, and crossed I-70 before turning south on PST13 at waypoint 38.571219, -112.351492, Google Maps Link.
- We followed PST13 south until we reached PST15 at waypoint 38.547315, -112.382446, Google Maps Link.
- We followed PST15 to FR608 at waypoint 38.553888, -112.435449 (Google Maps Link). This is another example of needing the Fishlake National Forest map.
- FR608 south to FR1020 at waypiont 38.533641, -112.425187, Google Maps Link
- South from waypoint 38.533641, -112.425187 to FR1045 at waypoint 38.482447,-112.426035, Google Maps Link. We then took FR1045 as far as we safely could go, to waypoint 38.463014,-112.422437 (Google Maps Link. Note that this trail should only be ridden by experienced riders. There are some steep, off camber climbs that will require 4WD, and a little courage.
- Returning to FR1020 at waypoint 38.482447,-112.426035, we continued northeast to tip top at waypoint 38.487426,-112.416376, Google Maps Link. Note that the trails in this area have several splits, and we even encountered a gate on one trail. So be sure to familiarize yourself with this area before you go. Also, there were some steep hill climbs, but nothing that a 4WD ATV will have any trouble with.
- Leaving Tip Top, we met up with FR480 at waypoint 38.484278,-112.409403, Google Maps Link, and then continued east to PST13 at waypoint 38.485411,-112.397315, Google Maps Link.
- From here, we traveled east and south on PST13, until we reached FR123 at waypoint 38.466590, -112.349649, Google Maps Link.
- We followed FR123, or PT01, until PST26 at waypoint 38.343115, -112.401009, Google Maps Link.
- PST26 south, across Road 153 at waypoint 38.306620, -112.410504 (Google Maps Link, to PST27 at waypoint 38.295311, -112.404709, Google Maps Link.
- Traveling northeast on PST27, we connected up with PST29 at waypoint 38.314311, -112.366958, Google Maps Link. Be sure to stay right when you reach the first mirror lake at waypoint 38.310439, -112.371282 (Google Maps Link). If you go to the left, it’s a dead end.
- We then followed PST29 to our campsite for the night at the Big Flat area, waypoint 38.310439, -112.371282, Google Maps Link.
CLICK HERE to watch the video from Day 5.
Day 5 we covered over 100 miles, some of which was very rocky. Be sure you have fuel if you attempt this route.
- South on PST29 (FR514) to PT01 at the intersection with FR582, at waypoint 38.266945, -112.354176, Google Maps Link.
- PT01 to PST88 at waypoint 38.301157, -112.414219; Google Maps Link
- PST88 south to PT01 at waypoint 38.221534, -112.368368; Google Maps Link.
- PT01 south and east to Circleville Cafe at waypoint 38.171836,-112.271352; Google Maps Links. This is some yummy eating!
- Circleville Cafe to the Rocky Ford Trail Head via PT01 at waypoint 38.138699,-112.196969, Google Maps Link.
- Rocky Ford Trail to FR126 at waypoint 38.120365, -112.132160, Google Maps Link. Note that we headed north and turned onto FR1073 at waypoint 38.139276, -112.125649 (Google Maps Link), which took us all the way to Antimony. We wouldn’t recommend this route because it’s very rocky, and seems to drag on forever. An alternate route maybe to head south on FR126 at the end of the Rocky Ford Canyon Trail, connect up with FR125 at waypiont 38.067824, -112.144682 (Google Maps Link), and follow FR125 to Antimony. This is the route we will take on our next trip to the Paiute.
- From Antimony, we followed a trail on the side of HWY 22 until we reached Otter Creek Road at waypoint 38.167483, -112.021967; Google Maps Link.
- We then made our way to waypoint 38.177972, -112.021831; Google Maps Link, and made our way to the radio towers at waypoint 38.182605,-112.041027; Google Maps Link.
- From here we connected up with PST73 at waypoint 38.196467,-112.036529; Google Maps Link, and headed north to PT01 (FR68) at waypoint 38.294442, -112.075780; Google Maps Link.
- We traveled south on PT01 (FR068)and then headed north on PST25 at waypoint 38.273819, -112.107106 (Google Maps Link, which we connected back to PST02, PST35, PST37, and back to the Rose Ranch Resort in Marysvale.