Top of the World - Utah

Cisco, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 06/18/2018
4.5/5 (2 reviews)
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Status: Open
Difficulty: 6-8
(MODERATE - DIFFICULT)
Length: 5.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 7036 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Cisco
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
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Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management / Moab Field Office
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Highlight: Top of the World - Utah

Top of the World is one of the most famous off-road trails in Utah. Its 360° view and the unique photo opportunity it gives you are worth the tough drive. Whenever you see the photo of a rig on a slab of sandstone jutting out over a cliff, that's this trail. If you are brave enough to drive your rig to the edge and get the photo, you have bragging rights for a very long time. Even if you do not do this trail for the famous photo opportunity, the views are unparalleled looking down on the one of a kind Onion Creek Canyon and looking over Fisher and Titan Towers.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: (6-8)
(MODERATE - DIFFICULT)

Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12". Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30" in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. One vehicle wide. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle Modifications helpful.

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Description

Rising in elevation climbing the Waring Mesa, the trail splits Waring Canyon to the west and Cottonwood Canyon to the east. It is an out and back trail with a lollipop loop forming at the far end. The eastern side of the loop is more difficult than the western side. The road surface is consistent with small ledges and shelves, some which are undercut, and many protruding rocks. One main obstacle stands which turns many of the ill-equipped vehicles back. Notes: When you drive to the photo opportunity location it is at a slight incline to the point where you cannot see the edge. Do not drive to this point without a spotter. Keep an eye on your children and certainly no drinking on the trail.

Waypoints

1. Entrada Bluffs Trailhead

Take the fork to the right from Entrada Bluffs Road.

2. Optional Steps (0.3 mi)

Easier bypass to the left or straight for the steps.

3. Rough (2.4 mi)

Rough section here and throughout the trail.

4. Obstacle - Must Do (3 mi)

Turn right and uphill with two lines. Go straight here to bypass this obstacle and take on another. These obstacles will change weekly due to traffic and weather. There is no bypass here and this obstacle denies stock vehicles from going further.

5. Begin Lollipop Loop - Stay Right for Easy or Left for Hard (3.3 mi)

The lollipop loop begins here. For the harder path up to the viewpoint turn hard left/east or stay somewhat straight for the more common route.

6. Optional Lines Obstacles (3.6 mi)

Follow up the wide trail with your choice of lines.

7. Obstacle Series (3.7 mi)

Follow the wide trail with a choice of lines.

8. Rock Garden (4.1 mi)

Follow the trail straight and pick your lines.

9. Top of the World Viewpoint (4.4 mi)

When you reach the wide open space, this is the viewpoint. Views of the La Sal Mountains, Fisher Valley, Fisher Towers, Titan Tower, Onion Creek Canyon and behind you have views of the distant plains. Return here the way you came is the easiest option, or for more of a challenge continue the lollipop loop. The remainder of the guide is taking the eastern portion of the lollipop as its return route.

10. Nasty (4.8 mi)

One big nasty section that will require careful tire placement and picking the line to match your skill and vehicle capabilities.

11. Ledges (5.4 mi)

Slight undercutting of ledges requires your attention.

12. Waterfall Obstacle (5.5 mi)

Steep and slightly off-camber followed by a small ledge.

13. End of Lollipop Return Right (5.5 mi)

Return back to the trailhead by going right and the way you came in. The mileage listed for this guide was taken to this point and does not include the additional 3.3 miles back to Entrada Bluffs Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.770502, -109.249718

From Moab, drive north on Highway 191 to Highway 128, turn right on Highway 128. Drive 29 miles to Dewey Bridge and Entrada Bluffs Road. Turn right onto Entrada Bluffs Road and travel 5.3 miles east to where the trailhead is on your right.

Camping

Dispersed camping is prohibited through the first few miles of the trail. There are no pre-existing camps or suitable locations along the trail and it would be difficult to set up camp where camping is technically allowed. However, there is designated camping at Waypoint 5 on Entrada Bluffs Road. Otherwise there are 12 improved BLM campgrounds along Highway 128.
Camping: Top of the World - Utah

Writer Information

Todd

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Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting Trailsoffroad.com. On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.

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Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Can you leave tow vehicle and trailer at the trailhead? Thanks
–Kyle (02/09/2018)
A: There is space at the trailhead from Entrada Bluffs Road. What I do not know is if its legal or not to park there. There is plenty of trailer parking though right by Dewey Bridge and from there you would have about a five mile drive to the trailhead.
–Todd (02/09/2018)
Q: Do you think a stock 2015 JKU Willys Wheeler would make this trail with an experienced driver? Stock 32" tires, rock rails and a rear Limited Slip differential. I'll be there in early August.
–Evan Siebert (07/19/2017)
A: Waypoint 4 would be the hardest part that is not optional to get to the top. If you did fine over that I would suggest going up the right side of the lollipop and come back down that same way- it's easier . The trail conditions change all the time, so use your best judgement and tire placement. There are a few rough sections along the way you will most likely scrape on. Have fun! The view is incredible!
–Todd (07/19/2017)
Q: Do you think i can reach the Top Of The World viewpoint by a full stock Dodge Ram and then come back the way i came? Thank You
–Lorenzo (07/13/2017)
A: I personally would not take a stock Ram up this trail. It is a long rough trail and you most likely will ding your underside and probably rear bumper on the way back down.
–Todd (07/13/2017)
Q: To avoid crowds as much as possible, do you have a recommended time that you would start on the trail? Would you avoid this trail on weekends?
–Marc Nitz (06/05/2017)
A: When we mapped this guide for Top of the World we had a very late start, around 11am on a Saturday. There was a steady flow of side by side traffic coming down as we were going up. Coming down we ended up stuck behind a large Club where some members were having mechanical difficulty, which really slowed us up. I would plan your trip around the position of the sun for better and more interesting views.
–Todd (06/05/2017)

Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on: 11/25/2017
Rating:
This was my first time on top of the world. This trail is an absolute must do while in Moab. There are no words to describe the view from the top. We tackled it in about 7 hours stopping frequently and really enjoying the top. Our crew was all tacomas/4runners on 33's and most with no lockers. I would highly recommend having at least one spotter. Overall its pretty rough, rocky, and slow moving. If you are thinking about doing it, just do it! So worth it!!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on: 05/24/2017
Ran this as the start of an adventure route down Rose Garden Hill and towards the La Sal Mountains. My LJ on 37s and dual lockers had no issues with the trail at all. My buddy in a JK on 37s didn't have working lockers that day and was pulling his adventure trailer. He struggled in areas and had to get winched once. He also flopped the trailer on its side once. The trail is pretty rough and as such is a slow drive in 4lo. We managed to get to the photo op section in just over 2hrs. There was a bit of a crowd up there but there is a lot of open space for parking and waiting your turn. I will agree that the western side of the loop is a bit easier. If you are looking to make this trail as hard as possible, run the loop clockwise as you will be working uphill against many of the ledges. This trail is quite a ways out of town, but is certainly a place you should visit at least once in your life. PS: If you are going to be taking a trailer with you, it's probably a good idea to have lockers.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on: 09/14/2014
Rating:
The view makes the trip worth it! This trail is pretty far out of town, but worth it. When I ran this trail I only had a Rear LSD however had very little trouble at that time. Fun obstacles with a breathtaking overlook. Like an idiot I ran this trail solo do to the fact the other rig we were with abruptly left the morning we were to run this trail. I would not recommend running this trail solo!!!!