Although there are not many challenges, this off-road trail has some incredible views. It takes you back into the swell and to some awesome campsites away from it all. It is also the trail that gets you to Fixit Pass or Cane Wash if you want to run it counter clockwise. The scenery around here is what makes Central Utah so incredible. The San Rafael Swell is full of trails to combine with this one to make a full week of awesome adventures.
The trailhead is at the end of Fixit Pass. You must complete Fixit Pass and North Fork of Coal Wash to reach the trailhead for Nielsen Dugway. You can enter a number of ways. the easiest route is via North Fork of Coal Wash: The trailhead is outside of the little town of Ferron, and at the end of Horn Silver Gulch. Once in Ferron, Turn east on Dutch Flat Road. Follow this road 3.5 miles until it intersects with Molen Cutoff. Bank right and continue to follow Molen Cutoff/Dutch Flat Road (701) for 11 miles until you reach a big dirt lot with a kiosk. This marks the beginning of North Fork of Coal Wash trail. Continue straight (east) to begin. From here, complete North Fork of Coal Wash and Fixit Pass.
Reid Nelson Dugway: This is an easy trail, if driven from south to the north as it is all downhill to the wash. At the start of the dugway there are a couple of sections of loose rock but it is only rocky for a couple of hundred yards. The only other obstacles are a few small ledges but they didn’t present any problems for our stock JLUR’s. We enjoyed this trail immensely; the scenery is beautiful. About half-way down the ledge road, look left and on the cliff, across the canyon, there is a rock formation that looks like three stone figures of a Buddha. After lunch at the Cane Wash Junction (638/643) we continued north, following Cane Wash, to the Calf Mesa uranium mine. and then 2-miles back to the Buckhorn Draw road.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!