Front Range

Total Miles
0.7

Elevation

1,033.37 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

8

Difficult

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Front Range is one of the newest trails on Sand Mountain and offers incredible views of the Sand Hollow Reservoir, Zion Park, and Pine Valley Mountains. This trail is rated 8 of 10 due to the difficult climbs, off-camber turns, large cracks and notches which must be negotiated with care. Although short at less than a mile, you will be challenged around every turn as the obstacle just keep on coming. Once you enter the trail, the first obstacle is called The Pinch. As the name implies, there is a wedge that will pinch your vehicle and drivers must get the passenger front tire to the top of the wedge of the right or the vehicle will fall in. Make sure all hands, feet and heads are in the vehicle while trying this obstacle because if it falls in the wedge, the vehicle moves in a sudden moment without warning. The Pinch has an obstacle to the left if need be. From the first obstacle there are a series of cracks and wedges that drivers must navigate in order to finish the trail. Part ways up you will encounter an obstacle called The Dumper, which is where several vehicles have dumped over onto their side. It contains a series of 3 cracks all at various heights, and an off camber entry to the obstacle. Next up is Diamond Cut which is a 6-foot ledge climb that drops you into a 60-foot-long crack with an off camber 8-foot climb at the end. The climb contains a very jagged rock known for peeling body panels off of vehicles that don't pay attention. From there is Axle Alley and then the obstacle called Rise Above where drivers will make an off camber climb that forces the passenger side into a huge boulder. Once on top of that, you navigate across several large cracks to Lookout Rock. Lookout Rock is the highest point of the trail and the last obstacle. A very narrow path to the top with a 40-foot drop on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Photos of Front Range

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Difficulty

Trail consists of rock, sand and considerable slickrock with many steps exceeding 48". Steep inclines and declines are prevalent. Enhanced off road equipment is required including locking devices (front & rear), minimum 35" tires, maximum vehicle ground clearance, and tow hooks. A winch is desirable. Excellent driving skills are required. Vehicle mechanical or body damage is likely. Rollover possibilities exist.

Technical Rating

8

Status Reports

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Access Description

Front Range Trail is located in the Sand Mountain Open Riding OHV Area adjacent (south) of Sand Hollow State Park. The trail can be access from the Waddy's Corral (formerly known as the Water Tanks Staging Area) off Sand Hollow Road (Hwy, 7 exit 18) by heading east on the fence line trail (free), from the tunnel at Sand Hollow State Park (park entry fee) or heading west from Green Gate and following the fence line trail. Follow the Arrowhead Canyon wash south until you reach the trailhead.

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