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Trail of the Week: Pritchett Canyon-Hunter Rim Loop, Moab, Utah

One of the best trails in one of the best towns for off-road fun.

Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project.

In one of the best towns in the U.S. for off-road endurance sports, the trails of Moab, Utah are abundant and stunning.

One great route is the Pritchett Canyon/Hunter Rim Loop. The terrain is rocky and sandy with short, steep ascents. Some highlights you’ll see are arches, petroglyphs, a granary, views of Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area, killer singletrack above Hunter Rim Trail and Gatherer Canyon, and a spring.

This 12.4-mile loop has long, rugged sections in Pritchett Canyon and on the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail. The Hunter Canyon Rim Trail has high, exposed singletrack and is above Gatherer Canyon. There are a few rock arches in Pritchett Canyon and a granary up a side drainage just before the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail singletrack.

Most people complete this route clockwise, starting at Pritchett Canyon and ending at Gatherer Canyon. The only major turn is at the Pritchett Canyon/Behind the Rocks/Hunter Rim Junction. Turn right at this junction onto the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail.

The Data

Miles: 12.5

Runnable: 92 percent

Singletrack: 45 percent

Average Grade: 5 percent

Max Grade: 36 percent

Total Ascent: 1,614 feet

Total Descent: -1,617 feet

Highest Elevation: 4,803 feet

For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos and virtual run simulator courtesy of Trail Run Project: