Frothing river winds past solitary mesas and ancestral Puebloan buildings carving out dramatic rock formations in Canyonlands National Park before blustering on down around picturesque bluffs towards Moab.
A trail following Smith-Morehouse Creek from Smith & Morehouse Campground, past the Reservoir to Ledgefork Campground and on up to the pass above Island Lake. The Smith-Morehouse Trail is a good choice for avoiding mid-summer crowds. The trail between the trailhead and the junction with the Erickson Basin Trail is well-marked and follows an easy grade. There are a few wet and muddy spots early in the season. Above the Erickson Creek crossing, the trail is steep, rocky and poorly marked. There is one particularly bad wet meadow about 1.5 miles above the Erickson Creek crossing. Horses sink deep in this bog, and there is no easy way around it, so proceed with caution.
16 miles east of Oakley
10 miles oneway
June to October
USGS Quad: Erickson Basin
Lower section (to Erickson Basin Junction): June 6 to November 1. Upper section (above Erickson Creek): July 1 to October 15. The lower three miles of the trail near the campground are accessible early and late in the season when other trails on the Kamas Ranger District are covered with snow...Parking, toilets and water are provided, but there are no facilities for unloading horses. The trail proceeds south from the trailhead, immediately fording Smith-Morehouse Creek. The trail terminates at a junction with the Lakes Country Trail (#066) atop the pass north of Island Lake. Use is moderate early in the season; light in the summer and autumn. Fording Smith-Morehouse Creek immediately south of the trailhead is hazardous at high water. Early-season hikers may choose the alternative of parking near the Ledgefork Guard Station, then walking into the campground, proceeding to the south end of the first campground loop road. From here, proceed southeast along Smith-Morehouse Creek until intercepting the main trail. This route avoids fording the stream.
The trailhead is located in the southeast corner of the Ledgefork Campground.
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