Large Mountain Peaks
Bring your own. Depending on the time of year there may be streams to purify from
Graded Dirt Road
Gas Station, and pizza place in Marysvale
Beaver Creek Trail Head:38.44929N, 112.24125W
Junction with Trail 01:38.46658N, 112.34943W
The Tushar Mountains are the 3rd highest range in Utah. Several peaks all rise well over 12,000 feet and offer spectacular views of the volcanic peaks. The Paiute ATV Trail is a massive trail system with over 2000 miles to explore. The trails are mainly in the Tushar and Pahvant Mountains. There are so many trails and ways to reach them that it is pointless to set out completely specific rides. I can however show areas that are my personal favorites. You must have a map to ride this trail system. The trails illustrated is great and can be found in all the nearby towns for about ten bucks. There are 3 types of trail. Open to all vehicles, 50 inches or less, and 60 inches or less. Please obey all of these rules so the trails can remain open for all. The area in this trek is in my opinion the easiest and also prettiest area on the trail. It is a very well graded road open to all vehicles and gives you amazing views of several 12,000 foot peaks. This area receives huge amounts of snow and may not be open until the end of July in some years. This is the highest road in Utah. Most people probably wouldn’t feel this way but to me this road is so easy that in good weather I wouldn’t hesitate taking my car the whole way. So any high clearance vehicle can make it very easily. We rode our ATV’s for this one and the crisp mountain air was fantastic. We visited the last week in September and the fall colors were out in full force. I can’t imagine a better time to explore the area. This ride begins right in the town of Marysvale. You will head east of town and take Trail 02. These trails are for the most part very well signed. Again you will want that map to read the numbers. Trail 02 follows Beaver Creek up a beautiful canyon with lots of switchbacks until it meets Trail 01. As you wind up the canyon some of the high peaks come into view.
The fall colors through this area were amazing!
You will meet the juntion with Trail 01. You will want to stick to the south here. As a side note; Trail 01 to the north is also very pretty and will be covered in a later Trek. Soon Mount Belknap will come into view. While slightly lower than Delano Peak this along with Mount Baldy are probably the most spectacular in the range.
Soon after the peak comes into view there is an unmarked side trail that heads down into the yellow aspens here. This is an amazing spot to eat lunch. There is even a small waterfall to see in the area.
We can all thank the old mining industry for most of these trails and roads. If you look off to the east from the road you can see many mine roads that are no longer open. They are literally everywhere in these mountains.
Back to the north behind you there are awesome views of Gold Mountain.
After this point look for a small turnout on the west. It is a very short walk to an amazing overlook of Mount Baldy. Mount Belknap is also in full view.
No matter what time of year it can be cold up here. It was nearly 90 degrees in the valley and we definitely appreciated our coats at this high elevation. Back on the road you will continue your climb. From here the peaks are mostly in view.
Just before the high point in the road make sure you stop and run up a very visible trail to a knoll with the best views of the ride. If you only wanna get out of the truck or off the ATV once then this is the place to do it. Both Mount Belknap, and Baldy are very impressive from this area. You get awesome 360 degree views.
Just past the lookout the road will top out at well over 11,000 feet. This is the highest point you can drive to in the state of Utah. The road will then switchback down to mud lake. This lake is not overly scenic and was the turn around point for us. There are options for long loops if you keep going but we had other rides in the area we wanted to try that day.
As previously mentioned there are many options for loops and other returns. You can study the map and decide what you would like to try. We combined this ride with one into Bullion Canyon and it made the perfect length for a great day.
This is a great trail that people can make in most vehicles and even new beginners can ride an ATV on it. Just be careful to stay on the right side of the road and be careful around corners. This offers some of the best views in all of Utah and is the most scenic area of the Paiute Trail.