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Relatively new to the park trail system, the Summit Trail lives up to its name.

NOTE:  Horseback riding is not allowed on the Summit Trail.

It tops out at the summit of the Burma Road Trail at just over 3600 feet. A connector trail, you can access it from the river by continuing straight on the River Trail.

The first part of the trail takes you through a portion of private property, which is well marked and obvious. Be respectful of the neighbors’ generosity and stay on the trail.

Stay on the trail anyway. Everywhere. A lot of volunteers in addition to the park staff work hard each year to maintain the trail system.

After climbing a bit, you come upon a junction where a sharp right takes you to a viewpoint where you get spectacular 180 degree views of the park. The Monument Area is on your left, and the Red Wall to your right—the river gorge below. Not a bad place to grab a snack and hydrate a bit.

Getting back on the trail you pass the back side of The Monument, the tallest pillar of the ridge line. It’s also a popular climbing area when the golden eagles aren’t nesting. From there you steadily climb up a series of 14 switchbacks until you pop out at the summit of the Burma Road Trail.

To get back to the bridge you can go back the way you came. See the TIP below to do the Summit Trail Loop.


TIP:  DO THE SUMMIT TRAIL LOOP

Want the grand tour loop? Go down the Burma Road Trail to the river level where it joins the Wolf Tree Trail for a total of 7.3 miles once you are back across the bridge and up to the Welcome Center.


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