Take your Scout Troop on a 50 mile adventure hike or mountain bike ride along one of the highest mountain roads in Utah.
Take your Scout Troop on a 50 mile adventure hike or mountain bike ride along one of the highest mountain roads in Utah and the United States. The altitude of the Skyline Drive trail varies between 8,810 and 10,904 feet above sea level as it winds along the backbone of the Wasatch Plateau.
Begin your journey at the top of Fairview Canyon along Highway 31. Here you will find a large parking lot with restrooms. You can start here if you choose and travel along the highway for 5 miles until you reach the South Skyline Drive turnoff. At this point the road becomes a gravel road that eventually turns into a primitive 4×4 road that continues south all the way to I-70.
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As you hike or bike along the summit of the Manti-LaSal National Forest, you will be able to see down many canyons on both sides of the mountain. Access roads to Skyline Drive from the Sanpete Valley to the west are located up Mt. Pleasant, Spring City, Ephraim, Manti, Sterling (6-Mile), and Mayfield (12-Mile) Canyons. Ephraim Canyon Road is a maintained county gravel road.
There is open camping on the forest. This means you can camp anywhere along Skyline Drive. Remember it is illegal to drive a vehicle off the road more than 150 feet for camping purposes.