Fixit Pass

4.4/5 (9 reviews)
Ferron, Utah (Emery County)
Last Updated: 09/11/2022

Trail Information


This trail is a must-do in the San Rafael Swell. Combined with Nielsen Dugway and Devil's Racetrack, this trail gives you some of the best scenery over the north end of the Swell as you wind your way through the Sid's Mountain Study Area back towards the Head of Sinbad. Just keep in mind that this area does get hot during the summer, so be sure to have plenty of water with you, as shade is minimal! Be sure to check out this trail in the spring or fall while you have warmer temperatures during the day but cool evenings. Camping in the Swell is a great therapy for the mind.

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Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (10)
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail. Almost all of this would be more like a 3 in my opinion other than coming down the pass itself in 2 or 3 spots that probably make this about a 5. This trail lived true to its name of "fix it" for us as we had two broken front shock mounts at the first pass (we went from the Southern end towards the North). We got them working enough to do the rest of the trail after some modifications. It was very scenic and a great trail otherwise.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fabulous trip and one of the most beautiful trips ever. The swell in any other state would be a national park. This is one of our favorite trails in the San Rafael swell.
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 01/05/2022
Visited: 11/25/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

So...I had not read the latest review of Fixit pass prior to my adventure, that's on me! I decided to attempt Fixit Pass/Coal Wash in reverse starting from Cane Wash in my Storyteller Mode van. From Cane Wash to the top of Fixit Pass was a very nice drive, narrow in some sections and I had to do some maneuvering to avoid serious pinstriping at times but easily doable. However when I descended down past the switchback on Fixit Pass I realized it was no longer "fixed" and instead posed a very daunting challenge for my van! With some creative use of loose boulders and my Maxtrax I was able to make it down but I did do some minor damage to my side step and narrowly avoided gouging the upper portion of my roof do to some unavoidable sever lean angles! Once past Fixit the challenge only eased a little as Coal Wash was plenty challenging with the erosion that had occurred and I again was required to get pretty creative in my maneuvering. All in all, super glad to get through it all with only some minor damage. Not recommended for stock 4x4 (my van is modified with and has extra clearance and that is the only reason I made it through).
Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/27/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I apologize for not posting this earlier, and it is probably old news and Fix-it-Pass has been repaired, but Fix-it-Pass, was “unfixed”, by the same weather system that, produced the flash flood that devastated Hanksville on September 2nd, 2021. On 9/27/21 we intended to take the Eva Conover trail to Cane Wash, via the South and North Forks of Coal wash, and then over Fix-it-Pass and back to civilization. We didn’t make it over the Pass, the “fixed” west side of the pass was a boulder field, and since we were solo, we turned around and exited through Ferron. FYI, Eva Conover, usually a 3 and 4 rated trail was at least a 4 plus, and took us twice as long as normal, also the North Fork of Coal Wash was not the usual easy route to Ferron either. If Fix-it-Pass has been “fixed” again, please post an update.

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