Temple Mine

4.5/5 (12 reviews)
Hanksville, Utah (Emery County)
Last Updated: 04/17/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Situated in the southern end of the San Rafael Swell, the Temple Mine off-road trail takes you back to many mining areas to explore and up and over the ridgeline leading to an inspiring view of Temple Mountain. Remote and historic, this is a seldom traveled route perfect for the adventurer looking for the hidden nooks and crannies of the San Rafael Swell.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (12 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun and mild/moderately technical trail. Does require high clearance and 4 hi. I didn’t need 4 lo. The end of the trial was the most technical part but very doable. Was in the area Monday thru Friday. Had the place to ourselves Monday thru Wednesday. Then the fifth wheels, dirt bikes, and razors started showing up more and more as it got closer to the weekend. Fairly crowded when we left on Friday. Definitely go on week days. Too crowded on the weekends for me. Overall an incredible area with jaw dropping views. Really fun hiking in the area as well.
John
Official Crew
35250
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran this trail over the weekend and it is still a great beginner trail for someone getting into the sport. There are no discernable tough spots or washouts to contend with, the BLM must have come in and fixed any potentially dangerous spots. Beautiful views and amazing history. This trail will require 4 low, but any stock vehicle will have no issues.
Trail Review: Temple Mine - John
Trail Review: Temple Mine - John
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
99850
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/22/2020

Ran the trail last weekend to see what was going on with the wash out. I found the spot people were talking about near the end of the trail. But with that said the trail wasn't bad and I was easily able to keep driving through. Could have been its already worn down on the sides making it less of camber. I believe we might have got up to about 15 degrees or so. Thus plenty of safety net. Yes the trail does have the rocks in it like Paul's photos below but my JLU with wider rims and wheels on it had no issues just driving around it in 2wd. You can see in the photos below and was able to see with my own eyes that Paul filled in the erosion with the rocks so "Thank you". This should slow it down for a while till someone can come fill this in. I did check out the two alternate routes heading out. The one near the mine and the southern one that rides the ridge. Both are very cool but I think I like the southern one more. Just watch out for the turn at the top. Both are in the same difficulty range of this trail so no need to be stressed. There is really cool old house off the one he highlighted on the page below. Very cool area.
Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/20/2020

This was my first time running this trail. Running North Temple Wash first set the tone, and I expected more, but this trail was a lot of fun and would recommend others to check out. After reading about the washout between Waypoints 10 and 11, we opted to head west from Waypoint 10 to get back to Temple Mountain Road.
Trail Review: Temple Mine - Cory W
Trail Review: Temple Mine - Cory W
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Todd
Official Crew
104550
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/19/2020

Great trail! This was my second time running this one. It seemed a little less rough this time vs two years ago. The area changes drastically depending on the clouds, so this time was a bit different in the color grades exhibited in the rocks. Its a beautiful and interesting trail and I would recommend it to anyone!
Trail Review: Temple Mine - Todd

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