Along the road there are panoramic views to the east across the
pastoral Sevier River valley to Monroe Mountain and Signal Peak
Thompson Basin. Below the cliffs is the site of the largest landslide
in Utah, while the edge of Monroe Mountain is formed by the Sevier
Fault, which extends southward to the Grand Canyon. The Pahvant
Range rises on the west side of the canal, here it is blanketed
with volcanic rocks.
The Richfield Loop continues south along the canal for 4.1 miles
until it reaches the first underpass south of Richfield. This is
a narrow tunnel, wide enough for only one vehicle. The trail passes
under I-70 at this point, then turns northward along the frontage
road on the east side of I-70. The road is also known as Cove View
Road. After about one mile, there is an interstate sign saying "EXIT
37 1 mile." At the intersection of Cove View road and 1800 west
the trail turns south to pass between fields of corn and alfalfa.
Continue south about three quarters of a mile to the first road
to the left. Turn east and continue to some houses and a street
sign saying 6000 North Monroe and 1000 East Monroe. Turn north (left)
to cross a canal and continue northward to a paved road which is
the Airport Road. Turn east (right) on Airport Road.
This portion of the loop must be driven with caution because
it is on paved roads and it crosses old highway 89, a busy road
between Richfield and Elsinore. On the east side of old highway
89 the road becomes Main St. About 50 yards after crossing 89, at
1100 North and Main, turn east onto a dirt road.
Continue on this dirt road to the "T" intersection at 200 East
and 1100 North. Turn south (right) to 700 North and 200 East. Note
that the street numbering changes in several places because the
numbers are based on different towns' coordinates. At 700 North
and 200 East turn east (left). This road crosses the Sevier River
and adjacent wetlands. These wetlands are a good place to stop to
view waterfowl and feed the mosquitoes.
East of the Sevier River, continue to the junction of the Annabella
road and Carpenter Road, 500 North. Proceed south on the paved Annabella
Road to 300 North and Main in Annabella, where the trail turns east
(left) again. The trail then goes through the north edge of town
to a jog at a canal where it again turns east (left) at 200 North
and 200 East. After a block, the street is paved until it is east
of the ball field and cemetery, where it turns to gravel and continues
east straight out of town. After leaving Annabella, the road begins
to rise gently through sagebrush slopes and soon enters BLM administered
Shortly after leaving town, the trail begins to pass through
the foothills of the Sevier Plateau, and juniper trees begin to
appear. five miles from Annabella the trail comes to the junction
of Forest road 68 where there is a sign pointing to Cove Mountain
Road and the Monroe Mountain Road. The trail bears right and follows
the sign. At this point the trail marking changes from #04 to #068.
From this junction to Bell Rock Ridge the trail climbs the steep
west face of the Sevier Plateau. There are either four or six switch
backs along this segment of the trail depending on how much of a
turn one requires to call a "switch back". The road is relatively
smooth, allowing rapid travel, but you must be cautious because
of the sharp turns and other traffic that uses the road. About halfway
to Bell Rock Ridge the trail enters the Fishlake National Forest.
At about this location a series of trenches are carved into the
hillside. These were made for watershed protection. They trap and
hold snow melt and rain water, which slowly release it into the
ground. Prior to construction of these trenches the water cascaded
down the slopes and caused floods in the town of Glenwood.
At Bell Rock Ridge you have a sweeping panoramic view to the
north and west. To the west across the Sevier valley is the red
and white striped rocks of the Pahvant Range, while to the north
the view extends all the way to Mt. Nebo above the town of Nephi.
From Bell Rock Ridge the trail trends generally southward over
swales and low, rounded ridges. Oak brush replaces juniper that
soon gives way to aspen as the trail gently rises up the Sevier
Plateau. The cool groves of aspen in turn give way to sweet smelling
spruce and sub alpine fir.
Big Lake is the next landmark along the trail. this reservoired
lake supplies irrigation water to the area around Glenwood by way
of Water Creek. A little way south of Big Lake a side trail extends
westward to Deep Lake and Annabella Reservoir. All three of these
lakes are fished by local people. Also, there is a magnificent view
of the Sevier Valley from the top of the cliff northeast of Deep
About a mile south of Big Lake watch out for a sharp turn to
the right. If you miss this turn, you will be on Forest road 077
and continue up the sagebrush swale south of Red Pine Ridge. The
correct thing is to turn right into the trees and continue on Forest
road 68 to Magleby Pass. At Magleby Pass the view is to Signal Peak
to the west.
From Magleby Pass the trail continues southwest around the east
side of Monument peak through spruce and fir forests. These are
several small meadows that are vital forage areas for wildlife.
There are also several openings on the east side of the trail that
afford views across Grass Valley and to the Aquarius Plateau to
About two miles before the junction with the main trail a turnoff
to the west Trail #63 leads a short distance to the Koosharem Guard
Station. This restored guard station was originally built in 1911,
four years after the Forest Reserve was proclaimed, and was the
first guard station in Utah.
The junction with the main trail is about seven miles west of
the town of Koosharem. It is in an open sagebrush flat where there
are views west to the radio towers on Monroe Peak and east across
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