Red Fleet Loop

The highest quality trail in the Vernal area.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
12 km
Ascent
366 m
Descent
367 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
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Red Fleet Loop Map

Description

While McCoy Flats might be the most expansive trail system in the Vernal area, Red Fleet is hands-down the highest quality trail in the region. Compared to McCoy flats, the quality of the dirt here is radically better, the trail design and construction is more interesting, the rocks are more impressive to look at and climb over, the views are better… really, it’s almost all better. If you only visit McCoy and don’t get out to Red Fleet, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.

The first section of this loop as mapped follows the smoothest trail in the Red Fleet network: Jazz Chrome Molly. If you’re looking for a more visually-stimulating hike that requires less mileage, you could skip Jazz Chrome Molly and instead hike on the next portion of the loop.

Soon, you will connect to Handsome Cabin Boy, and eventually J-Boy. These trails comprise the rockier side of the network, with ledges and rocks to hike up and down. One iconic portion of trail climbs up to an exposed rock rim, following the ledge up to a high point. This vantage point provides breathtaking views of the valley below! Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the unique rock formations around you, and glimpses of the Red Fleet Reservoir beyond.

The trail then winds its way off the rock ledge, down through an intriguing rocky wash on its way back to the trailhead. After hiking in the wide-open windswept desert of McCoy flats, the cover provided by the trees and rocks at Red Fleet, coupled with the more engaging surroundings, provides a welcome relief!

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Historical