Smoky Mountain Road

Total Miles
43.7

Elevation

1,958.65 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a backcountry route bordering the Burning Hills Wilderness Study Area. It connects Alstrom Point above Lake Powell to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. It starts with a steep climb up Kelly Grade. When dry, this road is a straightforward drive with plenty of twists, turns and climbs in and out of washes to keep things interesting. On the northern end, the road connects to BLM 230 and drops into Willard Wash, which has an active stream. This road is up above 5000 feet elevation, so it is impassable in winter and early spring due to snow and muddy conditions.

Photos of Smoky Mountain Road

Smoky Mountain Road
Smoky Mountain Road
Smoky Mountain Road

Difficulty

Other than a few bumpy climbs in and out of washes, this is an easy dirt road.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Justin Murry
Jan 20, 2024
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
When I went in late January a good bit of the trail was straight up sheets of ice (enough to ice skate on which we did lol) I’m in a Ram 2500 on 35s aired down to 15 pounds so I’m quite heavy, I never broke through so any lighter rigs should be fine as long as it stays frozen
Daniel Singleton
Aug 04, 2023
2022 Ford Bronco
Open
Normal
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Muddy/Wet
Josue Marquez
Jul 10, 2023
2021 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Normal
Erik Menches
May 17, 2023
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Open
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard

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