Funnel Alternate

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The Funnel Alternate is a straight-through sandy and slickrock route that parallels West Rim trail, one ridge to the east. This trail is an alternate that avoids The Steps and The Funnel along West Rim. The trail starts along a sandy rise and quickly comes to a sloped slickrock climb with multiple lines and several small ledges to traverse. The height of the ledges is comparable to The Steps on West Rim. However, the spacing between ledges is considerably wider, providing slightly better traction.

Additionally, this trail provides better approach and departure angles at the slickrock obstacles when compared to The Funnel obstacle on West Rim. This makes the Funnel Alternate a better option for vehicles with long overhangs, such as trucks. The trail ends intersecting with Bobsled Cut Through, where you can turn west and reconnect with West Rim at Waypoint 4. This trail is suitable for any high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle and drivers of any skill level.

About Sand Mountain

Sand Mountain is an extremely unique parcel of public land. Designated as an Open OHV Area, riders are free to make their own trails. Due to this, many of the long-established named trail routes have several variations that can take easier or more challenging routes through the intended trail. The GPX track for this trail helps you navigate the area, but various lines, bypasses, and additional obstacles may exist along the way. Riders are encouraged to stay on existing trails and not unnecessarily drive over or destroy vegetation.


Riding on Sand Mountain is entirely free. However, there are multiple entry/exit points for the area, including "the tunnel," which connects Sand Hollow State Park to the open OHV area. Any entry into the boundaries of Sand Hollow State Park requires a Utah State Park Pass.


When operating on Sand Mountain, users must attach an orange or red safety flag to the vehicle, rising at least 8 feet off the ground.