This loop trail is actually two legs going east and west from
the town of Marysvale. These legs each loin the main Paiute ATV
Trail, thus forming the loop.
Approximate Section Time
· Marysvale west to main Paiute Trail -- 0.5 hr
· Marysvale east to main Paiute Trail -- 0.5 hr
The town of Marysvale is located at 5,850 feet elevation. From
there the trail westward rises to 6,000 feet at the mouth of Beaver
Creek Canyon and then to 9,500 feet at the western junction with
the main trail. Going eastward the loop trail descends to 5,832
feet at the crossing of the Sevier River before rising to 6,800
feet at the mouth of Dry Creek Canyon and 8,924 feet at the eastern
junction with the main trail near Dry Creek Guard Station.
Heading westward out of Marysvale the trail turns north ward
at the west edge of town and heads up Forest Road 113. After a short
distance across sagebrush flats the trail turns west up Beaver Creek.
This is a good, well traveled road, so be cautious of other traffic.
Along the creek bottom, cottonwood trees and lush vegetation mark
the streamside riparian zone. This is an important area for many
animals in this desert environment. A healthy riparian area also
is necessary for delivering clean water to the valleys below. Pinyon
and juniper dot the dry hillsides, but soon give way to spruce and
fir as the main trail is reached at the junction with Forest Road
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Thursday, December 09, 2010