(Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area)
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day
Distance: 6.9 miles (plus 8.9 miles by car or bicycle)
Walking time: 3 3/4 hours
Elevations: 220 ft. loss
Trail: Very popular, well maintained trail. Because of its popularity with fishermen the Little Hole Trail has been designated as a National Recreation Trail.
Season: Spring, summer, fall. There is snow on the trail during the winter months. For current conditions call the Flaming Gorge Ranger District, Ashley National Forest, at (435) 784-3445.
Vicinity: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, near Vernal
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The Little Hole trail is an
exceedingly scenic walk that winds through the bottom of Red
Canyon on the north shore of the Green River. The canyons
brilliant colors so impressed John Wesley Powell on his expedition
down the Green River in 1869 that he named it the Flaming Gorge.
A century later, in 1964, the Flaming Gorge Dam submerged most
of Powells spectacular canyon with water, but a small section
of it, Red Canyon, still remains below the dam to remind us of
how the Flaming Gorge got its name.
From the boat ramp parking lot
below Flaming Gorge Dam a sign will direct you to a small footpath,
about 0.2 mile long, that descends to the boat ramp. You will
find the Little Hole trailhead just beyond the boat ramp on the
downstream side. The scenery starts almost immediately, as the
red shale and sandstone cliffs of the Mancos Formation soar on
either side of the river to a height of about 600 feet. For the
next four miles the elevation of the canyon rim steadily increases,
finally reaching a height of 1000 feet above the water.
If you are interested in a supplemental map of the
Little Hole area, we recommend:
Flaming Gorge/Eastern Uintas (Trails Illustrated, map #704)