Hiking The Swett Ranch Loop

The 27th most popular hiking trail in Utah.

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North of Vernal and southeast of Manila in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, the Swett Ranch Loop is a 6 mile hiking route on old forest roads through juniper, ponderosa, douglas and aspen forests with scenic views of Lake Fleming Gorge and Baretop Mountain.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Vernal, head north along US 191. One mile north of the junction with UT44 is the Greendale rest area. Park here. The trail begins at the east end of the rest stop. Head north along FS 157 and down the hill to a 3-way intersection. Take the right turn and head east toward the Swett Ranch. After about a mile, take the spur to the left and pedal the road for about 0.5 mile to the ranch. Spend some time here browsing. Back out on the main route, the road ahead soon splits. Take the route to the left, ride past a carsonite post and go through a cattle gate (please close behind).

Follow the blue diamonds on carsonite posts, staying left, and enjoy the downhill cruise. The trail soon narrows and enters a grove of aspen trees, crossing two small streams. At the upcoming “T” junction, turn left and climb the hill about 1.5 miles back to the routes beginning.

Overall, Swett Ranch Loop is the 27th most popular hiking trail of all 38 hikes in Utah. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Swett Ranch Loop including Little Hole Trail, Elk Park Loop Trail and Dowd Mountain Loop Trail.

Swett Ranch Loop in Flaming Gorge NRA (UT/US)

Swett Ranch Loop in Flaming Gorge NRA (UT/US)

Swett Ranch Loop Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ANF (435) 784-3445; Flaming Gorge Assoc. (435) 885-3305; Local Tourism (435) 789-6932; Flaming CoC (435) 784-3445; Utah Tourism (800) UTAH-FUN.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Utah" from Bill Schneider

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Skull Creek Campground

Luxury Loding:  Red Canyon Lodge (cabins) (435) 889-3759; Flaming Gorge Lodge (motel) (435) 889-3773

Breakfast Restaurant:  Flaming Gorge Lodge

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/ashley/

GPS:  40.87239, -109.49651

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/7/2016

ID:  14275

Swett Ranch Loop Hiking Map


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