Jacobs Lake Loop

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Loop Trail

No width limit

Dirt Trail

paved Roads

Single Track

50" Vehicle

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Lodging, restaurants, fuel and groceries are available in the town of Escalante. Facilities along the trail are sparse, but there are two campgrounds you can stop at.
Mostly dirt and gravel roads. Small stretch of OHV trail-style riding.
Mostly paved and dirt roads.
signs at most intersections noting distance to landmarks and direction of travel.
Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch – 200 N 400 E St, Panguitch, UT 84759
Garfield County Sheriff: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or Non-Emergency Dispatch: 435-676-2678.
We highly recommend you purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistant Card (USARA) learn more: utah.gov/rescue
The Jacobs Lake Loop is a beginner style trail located north of Escalante in Garfield County. The loop takes you 84 miles from the town of Escalante and back. It takes about six to seven hours of driving to complete.

The terrain is mostly comprised of maintained dirt roads, except for a brief stretch that takes you on the Boulder Swale OHV Trail (the OHV trail is limited to 50″ vehicles so don’t plan on bringing a full size 4×4 on this portion of the loop).

This loop takes you by an astounding amount of mountain lakes and features some spectacular views of the forest and some iconic lookout points including Hell’s Backbone.

Starting the trail from the town of Escalante is the easiest way to begin and stage your vehicles provided they are street legal.

You can also find just about every amenity you need in town including gas, lodging, and food. If you are looking for camping there is also plenty of campsites along the trail including the Posey Lake Campground and the Blue Spruce Campground.

Much of this trail rides through Dixie National Forest. Make sure you’re familiar with the Forest’s rules and regulations about recreation in the area. For more info visit: usda.gov/dixie.

There are many intersections in this loop so make sure to pay attention to trail signage and check your GPS so that you keep going the correct way.


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You can find ample parking in town. The city park makes for a nice spot to start from since its a central location and close to the road that will take you to the dirt.
Once you get on to Posey Lake Road just take it north until the pavement ends and the dirt road begins.
Follow signs for Hell’s Backbone for this portion and arrive at beautiful overlooks at Hell’s Backbone. Well worth the stop!
The next portion of the trail will take you by McGath Lake. Follow the signs to lead you there. Important note: Full size vehicles are NOT permitted on the Boulder Swale OHV Trail portion. Next, turn south onto FR 154 to begin your trip back to Escalante.
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