Humbug Mountain

Scout Route
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The epitome of "the further you go, the harder it gets" type trail, Humbug Mountain, begins as an easy gravel road, leading past the Jurassic National Monument site, before climbing up difficult rocky passes at almost 6500' and a breathtaking overlook. Early along the route, signs mark the various sediment layers containing prehistoric bones. Much more information is available at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, a marked turn along the route.

The trail remains easy and passable for cars until around the 12-mile point. After that, you need 4x4 low-range, high-clearance, and durable tires to reach the trail end. The climb up the mountain is rough and not for inexperienced drivers or under-equipped vehicles. The area is very remote. The ledges are very narrow. Rock slides can occur. Large rocks must be driven over or moved from the trail. The final 8 miles of the route are very scenic as you climb high above the desert, with views of the Price River and Stove Gulch below.

Early along the route, there are large areas where groups can be found camping. Along the easy section, before the steep climb begins, two pull-off trails lead to excellent primitive camping in the boulders. Both areas are interesting to explore on foot.