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Pine Park - Temple of Stone

Area: Enterprise, Utah
Elevation Change: +640, -640
Course: Loop (see details below)
Terrain: Dirl Road & Dirt Trail
Distance: 6.01 miles RT
Map & Elevation Data: PDF
GPS Route: (see map for coords)
 

Description
This route is a road/trail run. It gives you some absolutely stellar veiws and some gnarly trail. You also get some nice running at 6000' feet elevation as well as cool temps even in summer. I'd consider this one a thigh burner at first with a galavanting cruise along the top then a really nice ridge run down into Pine Park Campground. The route can be started from either end but I recomment running it counter-clockwise beginning at the campground and head up to the turn around point then back down to the split-off at the South Boundary Pine Park Trail.You cruise down the trail which is just over a mile and you loose 600 vertical feet as you run along the ridge and down along a bubbling creek. I've done the route at sunrise and welcomed some amazing vistas.

The campground has a few nice spots for tent camping with some nice tall pines and shade. I believe I did see an improved outhouse-like bathroom.

NOTE: Take a solid car and let others know where you are going and when you are to return. You are off the 'beaten path' and would not want to have car trouble out that far. Also, don't forget to bring your camera.

Directions
1. Begin by taking exit State Route 18 North toward Enterprise, about 37 miles North of St. George.
2. Turn left at the "T" in Enterprise and and drive 16 miles West on pavement and dirt road to the "Y" in the road.
3. At the "Y" turn left and drive .8 miles and take a left at the hard right bend in the road at the sign that reads, Pine Park Campground.
4. Drive South on this dirt road for 9 miles till you get to Pine Park Campground.

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Pine Park formations, amazing!
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