Behind the Rocks Trail, Tip – Toe

 

The land “Behind the Rocks” is an elevated area south of Moab bounded roughly by the Moab Rim cliffs and the rim of Kane Springs Canyon, which is still farther south and west. This trail gives a good introduction to the area by using some roads that avoid both the very difficult and the very easy routes. It views the difficult hills at High Dive Canyon and White Knuckle Hill for the amazement of those who keep their driving at the 3-rated level. The tip-toe routes intersect the difficult version of Behind the Rocks, and even share a few miles of easy trail portions, but the portions that are exclusive to this trail are especially scenic.

 

Scenery

The rock layers slope downward behind the cliffs, and the virtually impenetrable Navajo Sandstone domes and fins of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area are in view most of the time. Canyons are cut into older layers and a few isolated younger rocks were left behind as the rest eroded down. Balcony Arch, Picture Frame Arch, and Pritchett Arch may be seen at a distance. There is a spectacular (usually dry) pour-off of Hunters Canyon with a small natural bridge above a pool and hanging gardens that are fed by perennial dripping springs.

 

Road Surface

Most of the road is sandy dirt with occasional rock outcrops.

 

Obstacles

There are a few minor drainage crossings that have exposed rock ledges requiring a bit of technique to climb with stock equipment. There will be time for novices to practice.