Poison Creek Trail For ATV Riding
The 55th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Utah.
Sunday 1 April 2018 04:13 GMT
East of Beaver and southeast of Antimony, the Poison Creek OHV Route is located on the John's Valley Road. At the Y intersection prior to the cemetary on the right, veer left heading east on a gravel road and stay on this road until it makes a sharp right turn before a gate to private property. This road will go to a parking area and continue on climbing through hills of Pinion Pines and Juniper Trees on a rather rocky two track road.
As the Poison Creek OHV route continues to climb in altitude toward the Griffin Top, be sure to stop and look behind you to take in the overwhelming views of the mountains and plateaus extending north, west, and south. The route seems to reach the top and traverses through a sparse growth of young Quaking Aspens after which you will need to look for an unsigned two track coming from the left that heads approximately north to northwest across an open area. This route will lead to what is called Poison Creek Reservoir, which is basically a very small pond. There should be an old wood sign to the left of the Pond indicating the name of this body of water.
From this point an actual OHV Trail begins the decent back toward Antimony. The decent is quite steep on loose rocky soil in some areas (not for the novice rider), through moderately thick stands of aspen that show the battle scars of Elk Antlers. At some point the trail traverses along the Poison Creek stream bed, then the trail crosses it several times as it descends back into the Junipers. A lone grouse was spotted so it is assumed more were hiding in the brush.
At the bottom of this trail, a metal gate leads on to BLM land for a short distance then enters through another gate onto private land so please close the gate. Take an immediate left on a two track that takes you over to a road past a house and down a gravel road to another gate. Please be considerate when crossing through private land! This road intersects with the main gravel road that will take you back to the beginning of the Poison Creek OHV Route.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is permited on designated Forest Service roads only and the ATV must have a valid Utah ATV sticker. For a map of designated open roads, contact the Dixie National Forest HQ at (435) 865-3700.
Overall, Poison Creek Trail is the 55th most popular ATV riding trail of all 75 ATV trails in Utah.