Posey Trail (5166)
Description: The Posey Trail #166 is 3.0 miles long. The trailhead is at Forest Road #200 (East Point) near Forest Road #088 South Elk Ridge and ends at the intersection of Forest Trails #012 (Hammond Canyon) and #005 (Cream Pots). This scenic trail begins with a steep section before following a slickrock bench which has many short drop-offs which can be difficult to negotiate. The last 1 mile before the trail intersection includes another steep section to enter a side-canyon from Hammond Canyon.
This trail can be combined with Forest Trails #012 (Hammond Canyon) and #005 (Cream Pots) as well as South Elk Ridge Road (#088) and South Elks Road (#092) to create overnight backpacking loops or one-way through hikes.
Trail conditions vary widely with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
Difficulty Level: This trail drops about 2,624 feet from the trailhead off of South Elk Ridge to the intersection with Hammond Canyon (#012) and Cream Pots (#005).
Open to: Hiking and Horseback Riding.
Water: Water is generally available in Hammond Canyon and along Posey Trail but use of a filtration system is recommended. Users should carry water as well as systems to purify water. Users should contact the USFS for current water availability information.
Restroom: There is no restroom available.
Operated by: Forest Service
Information Center: Monticello Ranger District (435) 587-2041
Directions: From Blanding, head south on US-191 S/S Main St and travel 3.9 miles. Turn right onto UT-95 N and travel 6.3 miles. Turn right onto Co Rd 228/Cottonwood and travel 4.9 miles. Slight left to stay on Co Rd 288/Cottonwood and travel 0.4 miles. Continue onto South Elks Road #092 and travel 14.6 miles. Slight right onto South Elk Ridge Road #088 and travel 5.9 miles. Turn right onto East Point Road #200 and travel 1.5 miles to Posey Trail #166.
Latitude: 37 43’ 47.8”N (37.729958 Decimal Degrees)
Longitude: 109 45’ 9.9”W (-109.752768 Decimal Degrees)