Southern Utah San Rafael Swell/Five Miles of Hell

San Rafael Swell/Five Miles of Hell 450Thumper Hot

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Written by 450Thumper     June 26, 2007    
 
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Trail

Trail Name
San Rafael Swell & Five Miles of Hell
Level of Difficulty
Advanced
Type of Trail
  • Jeep Doubletrack
  • Singletrack
Trail Location (City, State)
San Rafael Swell, UT
Directions to Trail
On US-6 approaching Green River, turn right (westbound) on I-70. Drive 25 miles and exit at Ranch Exit 131. (If you\\\'re going eastbound, the exit is 75 miles east of Salina.) Turn left under the freeway, then veer right with the road. Keep straight at all intersections. Note a first cattle guard at mile 3.2. After crossing a second cattle guard at 6.7, descend and turn left on a small road at mile 7.6. You can Park on the left 0.1 miles down the road, just before the wash. The best staging point is near the Twin Knolls (should be on map). This entrance is the closest to the 5MOH trailhead but further away from the Temple Mountain area.
There are several trails ranging in difficulty level from beginner to intermediate. Lots of real fun single track like the Orange Trail, Green Trail, Blue trail combos. These are some of the best motorcycling trails. There are many good trails in the area that have plenty of obstacles to keep you interested with constant climbing and descending mixed with twists and turns. The swell's rugged beauty is alluring, its landscape is intimidating.
One of the most famous trails, Five Miles of Hell is the real name of this trail. But the name is not a completely accurate description. There's really 7 miles of Hell (gnarly, gonzo, sick, and abusive technical riding on very rough rock), 2 miles of Purgatory (advanced-tech singletrack), and 11 miles of Limbo (doubletrack with tire sinking soft surface and some rough rock). This trail is extreme, trials-level technical. Don't ride Hell unless you're good at tech riding.

The other way to get into the swell is to come in from the south near Goblin Valley. On Highway 24, continue until you see the Goblin Valley turnoff. Turn right and follow the roads to the San Rafael Swell/Reef (you'll be able to plainly see it). Once you "penetrate" the reef you will be able to see Temple Mountain to your right and there are several pull off staging areas right there. Orient yourself from Temple Mountain and you shouldn't have too much trouble finding any of the trails mentioned so long as you have maps. Crack Canyon will be to your left (west of Temple Mountain) a few miles down the Behind the Reef road. All real fun single track. You can ride that, and then loop around Temple Mountain to the north and pick up some other single track trails.

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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Location (5 - easy access, 1 - middle of nowhere))  
 
3.0  (5)
Level of Difficulty (5 - the trail was challenging. 1 - Boring)  
 
4.8  (5)
Scenery  
 
4.6  (5)
Local Amenities (restaurants, stores, etc.)  
 
2.0  (5)
Accomadations (Hotels, campgrounds, etc.) 
 
3.4  (5)
I have been through this both in the day and at night. I can tell you that it is a real fun ride. Make sure you go when it is cool and it is far more fun. My first time through I ran out of water and that made the second half of the ride miserable.



I also agree a stop at Rays for a burger in Green River is a must.



I am extremely impressed that a rider that had only been riding for 2 months made it through. Don't let that fool you into thinking anyone can do it. If reading the reviews makes you nervous you may want to wait. There are also some pretty good videos on youtube of the trail. Just remember that pictures and video never do justice to the difficulty.



If your in for a technical ride you will absolutely love 5MOH.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Location (5 - easy access, 1 - middle of nowhere))  
 
3.0
Level of Difficulty (5 - the trail was challenging. 1 - Boring)  
 
5.0
Scenery  
 
3.0
Local Amenities (restaurants, stores, etc.)  
 
2.0
Accomadations (Hotels, campgrounds, etc.) 
 
3.0
nada_scurb Reviewed by nada_scurb December 20, 2008
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5MOH

I have been through this both in the day and at night. I can tell you that it is a real fun ride. Make sure you go when it is cool and it is far more fun. My first time through I ran out of water and that made the second half of the ride miserable.



I also agree a stop at Rays for a burger in Green River is a must.



I am extremely impressed that a rider that had only been riding for 2 months made it through. Don't let that fool you into thinking anyone can do it. If reading the reviews makes you nervous you may want to wait. There are also some pretty good videos on youtube of the trail. Just remember that pictures and video never do justice to the difficulty.



If your in for a technical ride you will absolutely love 5MOH.

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This is a very difficult trail. 5 miles would have been a reasonable distance to deal with but the hell lasts for 9.6 miles. We both ran out of water using 3 liter camelbaks + two water bottles. If you are going to attempt this trail, be sure to be adequately rested and bring snacks and food that will give you energy (not a 24pk of mtn dew and doritos). The scenery is breathtaking and the area is beautiful, however, the trail is tough and at some points, seemingly never ending. In retrospect, we are glad we ventured out on 5MOH but initially we were hating life.



This trail will test your endurance and skills, both mentally and physically. One piece of advice, if you are intimidated by what's in front of you, don't sit there and think about it... just hit the throttle and DO IT!!!
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Location (5 - easy access, 1 - middle of nowhere))  
 
3.0
Level of Difficulty (5 - the trail was challenging. 1 - Boring)  
 
5.0
Scenery  
 
5.0
Local Amenities (restaurants, stores, etc.)  
 
1.0
Accomadations (Hotels, campgrounds, etc.) 
 
4.0
solrosenburg23 Reviewed by solrosenburg23 August 18, 2008
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9.6 Miles of Hell

This is a very difficult trail. 5 miles would have been a reasonable distance to deal with but the hell lasts for 9.6 miles. We both ran out of water using 3 liter camelbaks + two water bottles. If you are going to attempt this trail, be sure to be adequately rested and bring snacks and food that will give you energy (not a 24pk of mtn dew and doritos). The scenery is breathtaking and the area is beautiful, however, the trail is tough and at some points, seemingly never ending. In retrospect, we are glad we ventured out on 5MOH but initially we were hating life.



This trail will test your endurance and skills, both mentally and physically. One piece of advice, if you are intimidated by what's in front of you, don't sit there and think about it... just hit the throttle and DO IT!!!

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This is a really hard trail! I took up dirt biking like 2 months ago and made it through the entire trail barely thanks to my pride and my riding partner. I had a ton of fun riding the trail until fatigue and exhaustion began to get the better of me. Don't be caught off guard by the name, the trail is really 9.6 Miles Of Hell. Prepare wisely and take good snacks and plenty of water/gatorade/good hydration. Mtn Dew will probably make you cramp up starting about half-way through like it did me and then the fun goes bye bye and you just want to die. Really the trail is well marked and challenging. A mix of everything from rock and sand and......ya that is mostly it. A few tree roots occasionally. The surrounding scenery is amazing and even the trail itself is a sight to behold. All in all, just prepare well and give yourself around 5 to 7 hours to enjoy everything and take pictures and you will most likely enjoy hell after the fact.



Also, when in doubt give it more gas and you'll be okay!
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Location (5 - easy access, 1 - middle of nowhere))  
 
3.0
Level of Difficulty (5 - the trail was challenging. 1 - Boring)  
 
5.0
Scenery  
 
5.0
Local Amenities (restaurants, stores, etc.)  
 
2.0
Accomadations (Hotels, campgrounds, etc.) 
 
3.0
Round_Hound Reviewed by Round_Hound May 17, 2008
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Ya that was Hell and a half!!

This is a really hard trail! I took up dirt biking like 2 months ago and made it through the entire trail barely thanks to my pride and my riding partner. I had a ton of fun riding the trail until fatigue and exhaustion began to get the better of me. Don't be caught off guard by the name, the trail is really 9.6 Miles Of Hell. Prepare wisely and take good snacks and plenty of water/gatorade/good hydration. Mtn Dew will probably make you cramp up starting about half-way through like it did me and then the fun goes bye bye and you just want to die. Really the trail is well marked and challenging. A mix of everything from rock and sand and......ya that is mostly it. A few tree roots occasionally. The surrounding scenery is amazing and even the trail itself is a sight to behold. All in all, just prepare well and give yourself around 5 to 7 hours to enjoy everything and take pictures and you will most likely enjoy hell after the fact.



Also, when in doubt give it more gas and you'll be okay!

Was this review helpful to you? 
This is a very difficult trail. 5 miles would have been a reasonable distance to deal with but the hell lasts for 9.6 miles. We both ran out of water using 3 liter camelbaks + two water bottles. If you are going to attempt this trail, be sure to be adequately rested and bring snacks and food that will give you energy (not a 24pk of mtn dew and doritos). The scenery is breathtaking and the area is beautiful, however, the trail is tough and at some points, seemingly never ending. In retrospect, we are glad we ventured out on 5MOH but initially we were hating life.



This trail will test your endurance and skills, both mentally and physically. One piece of advice, if you are intimidated by what's in front of you, don't sit there and think about it... just hit the throttle and DO IT!!!
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Location (5 - easy access, 1 - middle of nowhere))  
 
3.0
Level of Difficulty (5 - the trail was challenging. 1 - Boring)  
 
5.0
Scenery  
 
5.0
Local Amenities (restaurants, stores, etc.)  
 
1.0
Accomadations (Hotels, campgrounds, etc.) 
 
4.0
Reviewed by JoelDvs May 17, 2008

9.6 Miles of Hell

This is a very difficult trail. 5 miles would have been a reasonable distance to deal with but the hell lasts for 9.6 miles. We both ran out of water using 3 liter camelbaks + two water bottles. If you are going to attempt this trail, be sure to be adequately rested and bring snacks and food that will give you energy (not a 24pk of mtn dew and doritos). The scenery is breathtaking and the area is beautiful, however, the trail is tough and at some points, seemingly never ending. In retrospect, we are glad we ventured out on 5MOH but initially we were hating life.



This trail will test your endurance and skills, both mentally and physically. One piece of advice, if you are intimidated by what's in front of you, don't sit there and think about it... just hit the throttle and DO IT!!!

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5MOH was not a bad as I thought it was going to be. It was tough, but I have been on much harder rides. There are a few spots that are very hard to get through by yourself, and I would not recommend riding this trail with less than 3 people. We went down on a very hot day and it was a killer with the heat. I would recommend going when its cool. Make sure you stop at Rays Tavern for some good grub in Green River.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Location (5 - easy access, 1 - middle of nowhere))  
 
3.0
Level of Difficulty (5 - the trail was challenging. 1 - Boring)  
 
4.0
Scenery  
 
5.0
Local Amenities (restaurants, stores, etc.)  
 
4.0
Accomadations (Hotels, campgrounds, etc.) 
 
3.0
crf12002 Reviewed by crf12002 November 29, 2007
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5moh

5MOH was not a bad as I thought it was going to be. It was tough, but I have been on much harder rides. There are a few spots that are very hard to get through by yourself, and I would not recommend riding this trail with less than 3 people. We went down on a very hot day and it was a killer with the heat. I would recommend going when its cool. Make sure you stop at Rays Tavern for some good grub in Green River.

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