Lower Barracks Trail - BLM20

Total Miles
5.7

Elevation

1,574.21 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a sandy eleven-mile out-and-back version of the longer Barracks Trail that stays meanders along the East Fork of the Virgin River. This segment turns back at a challenging soft sand hill climb rated as a seven (7) in difficulty. Heavy overland rigs and dual-sport touring bikes should not attempt this climb. It is only for lighter 4x4s, SXS, motos, etc. It is important to note that we have seen rattlesnakes on two different occasions at the hill climb. Be snake aware. The lower segment includes numerous water crossings and two smaller, sandy rock challenges - the more difficult one is rated as a five (5) - that have alternate routes. There are numerous shaded riverside campsites along this route. The Lower Barracks Trail is a fun trail. I have run it numerous times in both directions. If dropping down the sand hill, I would rate the whole trail as 4-5. If climbing the sand hill, it becomes a 7-8 with the loose sandy climb as the worst obstacle with a few 4 and 5 rated obstacles above and below the climb. The climb itself is such soft, deep sand that tires need to be deflated into single digits. Vehicles frequently get stuck here, and if you slide off of the main track, it is easy to slide down into a hole that will require a more complicated multi-pull extraction. Heavy overland rigs and dual-sport touring bikes should not attempt this climb. It is only for lighter 4x4s, SXS, motos, etc.

Photos of Lower Barracks Trail - BLM20

Lower Barracks Trail - BLM20
Lower Barracks Trail - BLM20
Lower Barracks Trail - BLM20

Difficulty

Rated 5 for the loose, off-camber challenge. The rest of the trail is a 3.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Robert Adeky
May 29, 2024
2021 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Majority of the trail is easily accessible. Towards the end you’ll run into steep climbs with rocks and the final obstacle The Sand Hill. Some water crossings have narrow entry and exit points. Some have a straight drop off so I highly recommended getting out and scouting before proceeding. Lots of bypasses for the river crossings
Jeff Neubauer
Apr 20, 2024
2020 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Beautiful scenic trail. Tried to make the sand hill climb a couple times and was unsuccessful.
Brad Hart
Mar 29, 2024
2022 Land Rover Defender
Open
Normal
More challenging than expected. Lots of water crossings, a couple with narrow and deep exit/entry points. Only saw one other vehicle, but lots of SxS’s.
Ken Komaromi
Mar 24, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

Air down at the Belly of the Dragon Trailhead.

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