Hole in the Rock Trail - 2014+ Jeep Cherokee Forums
User Tag List

 15Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
taatmk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,410
Garage
Hole in the Rock Trail

The Hole in the Rock "Trail" is not to be confused with the Hole in the Rock "Road" which are both sections of the arduous journey made by Mormon settlers during the winter of 1879-1880 to settle Bluff, Utah in the 4 corners area of UT-AZ-NM-CO. The section from Escalante, Utah to the actual "Hole in the Rock," which is a narrow slit in the rock descending over a 1000 feet down to the Colorado River, can be driven in a 2WD car and is officially the Hole in the Rock "Road." It is maintained graded gravel/dirt. I did that portion years ago in a Grand Cherokee.
The section we did this past Monday-Thursday is the referred to as the Hole in the Rock "Trail", and is much more arduous and challenging. It is unmaintained. This portion is in the Jeep Badge of Honor program. This section goes from the actual Hole in the Rock crevice at the Colorado River (now Lake Powell, Utah) and travels eastwardly in very remote sandstone backcountry to Bluff, Utah.
The Hole in the Rock Trail is an in and out route, 35 miles one way, beginning near Halls Crossing Marina on Lake Powell. Coming from northern Utah, we took a ferry across Lake Powell before beginning.
Near the start if the trail where it crosses through Lake Canyon, was washed out in 2009 and a reroute around the 100 deep foot gorge that was leftover is now required.
We took 4 days to complete the "Trail" section, and followed the route from Lake Powell on into Bluff, Utah. Backcountry camping is needed for at least two nights. I've heard in being completed in one long day, but do not see how that is possible. Lots of slow speed chugging over rough terrain. Traction can be amazing over sandstone. A few sections are smooth dirt, and it seems like you are rocketing along at 25-35mph in comparison, but for the most part its slow 4 wheel low. In a few spots, we found actual wagon ruts carved into the sandstone as the original settlers' wagon wheels had to be chained down to brake their descend along steep grades.
We had wet weather, drizzles often, harder rain at times and occasional clearing only to return to more drizzles. Here are a few pics.
Treaty, Mudman1, Paddy and 3 others like this.

2015 Cherokee Trailhawk:
Granite Crystal, 3.2L V6, 8.4 Nav, black leather, sunroof, tow, tech, comfort/conv, no hood decal, 9 speakers, CD player, Maximum Care lifetime warranty, Mopar first aid kit, rear rubber cargo mat, Thule Aeroblade cross bars (black), Thule Rapid Aero feet, Kuat Vagabond X cargo basket, RRO rock rails with smooth covers, Mopar door sills, Raingler ceiling net, Raingler seat headrest handles, MFC aluminum lift kit, RRO winch bar and Warn M8000S winch, BFG T/A KO2s

Last edited by taatmk; 08-18-2016 at 03:11 PM.
taatmk is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
taatmk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,410
Garage
A few more pics, including the trail's culmination at "Fort Bluff." There is a replica of what the fort looked like in Bluff, Utah. complete with reconstructed log cabins for each of the original settlers.
Mudman1 likes this.

2015 Cherokee Trailhawk:
Granite Crystal, 3.2L V6, 8.4 Nav, black leather, sunroof, tow, tech, comfort/conv, no hood decal, 9 speakers, CD player, Maximum Care lifetime warranty, Mopar first aid kit, rear rubber cargo mat, Thule Aeroblade cross bars (black), Thule Rapid Aero feet, Kuat Vagabond X cargo basket, RRO rock rails with smooth covers, Mopar door sills, Raingler ceiling net, Raingler seat headrest handles, MFC aluminum lift kit, RRO winch bar and Warn M8000S winch, BFG T/A KO2s

Last edited by taatmk; 08-18-2016 at 03:12 PM.
taatmk is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
taatmk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,410
Garage
Not my picture, but this is what the "Hole in the Rock" looks like from the level of Lake Powell, Utah.
Mudman1 likes this.

2015 Cherokee Trailhawk:
Granite Crystal, 3.2L V6, 8.4 Nav, black leather, sunroof, tow, tech, comfort/conv, no hood decal, 9 speakers, CD player, Maximum Care lifetime warranty, Mopar first aid kit, rear rubber cargo mat, Thule Aeroblade cross bars (black), Thule Rapid Aero feet, Kuat Vagabond X cargo basket, RRO rock rails with smooth covers, Mopar door sills, Raingler ceiling net, Raingler seat headrest handles, MFC aluminum lift kit, RRO winch bar and Warn M8000S winch, BFG T/A KO2s

Last edited by taatmk; 08-18-2016 at 03:12 PM.
taatmk is offline  
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 11:58 AM
Hardcore Member
 
Warloq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: O'Fallon IL
Posts: 591
Garage
Great post and pics. Is the trail marked, mapped or ? I've been in that part of the country and it seems like it would be pretty easy to get off track; esp on a path so infrequently maintained/trekked...

2015 Trailhawk
3.2 V6; Cherry Red; 17" Black Wheels; Black Interior; Ventilated Cow Seat; Trailer Tow Grp; Cold WX Grp; Tech Grp; Safety Grp; Comfort Grp; Pano Sunroof; Uconnect 8.4AN; 9x Speakers; and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
Added: RRO Step-Rails; Rage Crossbars; Rage Stingray low profile roof cargo basket
Planned: Brush Guard w/ Winch (if I can de-conflict tech & airbags)
Warloq is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
taatmk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,410
Garage
@Warloq In spots, it was very easy to get off course. All of the rolling sandstone can look the same and its hard to see where the trail goes. Scouting ahead at times was necessary. Some points had a post with a painted covered wagon symbol on it. Other spots have paint markers on the rock itself, similar to Fins and Things, Heck's Revenge in Moab.

Maps: http://www.hirf.org/trail-maps.asp
Mudman1 and Warloq like this.

2015 Cherokee Trailhawk:
Granite Crystal, 3.2L V6, 8.4 Nav, black leather, sunroof, tow, tech, comfort/conv, no hood decal, 9 speakers, CD player, Maximum Care lifetime warranty, Mopar first aid kit, rear rubber cargo mat, Thule Aeroblade cross bars (black), Thule Rapid Aero feet, Kuat Vagabond X cargo basket, RRO rock rails with smooth covers, Mopar door sills, Raingler ceiling net, Raingler seat headrest handles, MFC aluminum lift kit, RRO winch bar and Warn M8000S winch, BFG T/A KO2s

Last edited by taatmk; 08-18-2016 at 03:12 PM.
taatmk is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2016, 01:54 PM
Forum Elder
 
rumrunner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 2,120
Quote:
Originally Posted by taatmk View Post
@Warloq In spots, it was very easy to get off course.
sounds exhausting

2014 Limited ADI 2.4 L 4-cylinder
rumrunner is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2016, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
taatmk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,410
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by rumrunner View Post
sounds exhausting
That's what a riding companion is for! Get out and scout
rumrunner likes this.

2015 Cherokee Trailhawk:
Granite Crystal, 3.2L V6, 8.4 Nav, black leather, sunroof, tow, tech, comfort/conv, no hood decal, 9 speakers, CD player, Maximum Care lifetime warranty, Mopar first aid kit, rear rubber cargo mat, Thule Aeroblade cross bars (black), Thule Rapid Aero feet, Kuat Vagabond X cargo basket, RRO rock rails with smooth covers, Mopar door sills, Raingler ceiling net, Raingler seat headrest handles, MFC aluminum lift kit, RRO winch bar and Warn M8000S winch, BFG T/A KO2s
taatmk is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2016, 04:50 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 0
Pre or post loft


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
myfirstcherokee is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-18-2016, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
Premium Member
 
taatmk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,410
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by myfirstcherokee View Post
Pre or post loft
I had wanted to do this pre, but it took a little longer to get the kit than hoped, so I had to do it before the weather/season got to hot....

I am taking a post lift trip next week to Utah's Uinta Mountains, and I'm taking it to the infamous Black Bear Pass in early September. I'll take pics.

2015 Cherokee Trailhawk:
Granite Crystal, 3.2L V6, 8.4 Nav, black leather, sunroof, tow, tech, comfort/conv, no hood decal, 9 speakers, CD player, Maximum Care lifetime warranty, Mopar first aid kit, rear rubber cargo mat, Thule Aeroblade cross bars (black), Thule Rapid Aero feet, Kuat Vagabond X cargo basket, RRO rock rails with smooth covers, Mopar door sills, Raingler ceiling net, Raingler seat headrest handles, MFC aluminum lift kit, RRO winch bar and Warn M8000S winch, BFG T/A KO2s
taatmk is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 05:22 PM
Hardcore Member
 
Warloq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: O'Fallon IL
Posts: 591
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by taatmk View Post
I am taking a post lift trip next week to Utah's Uinta Mountains...

Where at? Used to love to go camp at random spots off the forest service roads, hit Scout Lake for some trout (fish early and eat them for lunch) and then hike up to the higher lakes. Loved that whole area!

2015 Trailhawk
3.2 V6; Cherry Red; 17" Black Wheels; Black Interior; Ventilated Cow Seat; Trailer Tow Grp; Cold WX Grp; Tech Grp; Safety Grp; Comfort Grp; Pano Sunroof; Uconnect 8.4AN; 9x Speakers; and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
Added: RRO Step-Rails; Rage Crossbars; Rage Stingray low profile roof cargo basket
Planned: Brush Guard w/ Winch (if I can de-conflict tech & airbags)
Warloq is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the 2014+ Jeep Cherokee Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ice Hole Coolers... Anyone have one?? zzjdzz The JCC Lounge 23 02-05-2016 11:41 PM
Hole in cap for LEDs ironsied Electronics, Audio, and Lighting 12 12-04-2015 02:26 AM
What,s this hole in the firewall. Ajlarabie 2014+ Jeep Cherokee General Discussion 6 11-01-2014 07:31 AM
Hole in bumper DonnaB Exterior 10 08-14-2014 11:03 PM
Jeep : Cherokee xj 1998 xj jeep rock crawler trail rig daily driver cherokee 2 door 1 Jeep Cherokee Parts Jeep Cherokee eBay Classifieds 0 07-01-2014 08:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On