Steel Bender Loop Route

A popular, unyielding trail with a handful of rugged ledges.

Total Miles
9.8

Elevation

1764.93 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Spring/Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

This is a very challenging trail with one particular ledge that has become impossible for most Jeeps. The trail is particularly difficult for ATVS and UTVs as the switchbacks descend. Please avoid the illegal bypass that has been used by some in the past. A wilderness study area surrounds this trail and must be avoided.

Difficulty

Difficult. Some ledges are big and sharp, causing rear bumper thumps. Toughest stretch before Waypoint 02. Scenic loop is a bit easier. Not recommended for stock SUVs.

Technical Rating

7

Access Description

Take Highway 191 south from town about 3 miles and turn left on Spanish Trail Road at gas station. Continue straight through roundabout and climb winding Westwater Drive another mile. Turn right on marked trail just before gate to private subdivision.