This trail is a must do in the San Rafael Swell. Combined with Nielsen Dugway and Devil's Racetrack, this trail gives you a little bit of a challenge while providing some of the best scenery over the north end of the swell. This area does get hot during the summer so be sure to have plenty of water with you! Spring and fall are the best times of year to run this one.
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 the North Fork of Coal Wash. Complete this trail and you will reach the trailhead for Fixit Pass.
Ran the trail from south to north on the above date. You can call it "Fixed Pass" now. That tough spot called out in the TO video on youtube is no longer tough. The boulders have been removed and the section can be covered in no time. In our direction of travel, we went down that section and while it is steep, without the boulders it's just a cruise downhill in low range. The rest of the trail is very scenic and easy. Though the dry wash that intersects with the North end of Devil's racetrack and eventually the Eva Conover trail was wickedly washboarded that could not be overcome with speed.
This is an awesome trail and easily one of my favorites in the area. It provides a good challenge, but then you are rewarded with stunning sights. Due to the composure of the trail itself, it changes with every rig that attempts it. It was definitely more chewed up this time than the last time I ran it. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time if you are not wildly built as you can easily get hung up coming up the pass!
It has been a while since I last ran this trail. Its really fun and starts off with a bang if you run the pass uphill. This year, the pass was much rougher than I remembered and I required a little bit of spotting over the boulders. I had forgotten that after a long day, it takes a long time to complete the entire trail to Neilson Dugway. This is a great trail to do in the area, but stock vehicles could have a problem over the pass depending on its condition, so beware.
This is an awesome trail. The challenge is fun right out of the gate. Once you reach the top, the views show. Definitely recommend if you are in the area. It is popularly run with Devil's Racetrack. The only thing is this trail is popular with SxS's, ATV's, and dirt bikes which mean you need to keep it slow around blind corners and always be paying attention. Trail etiquette seems to be lacking on these desert trails.
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!