The Posey – Griffin Top Loop is a long, beginner style ride mostly sticking to maintained dirt and gravel roads. The length of this trail, almost 70 miles, makes it an all day ride, but due to road conditions, travel speed is optimal at nearly 20 mph.
Riders can expect to see beautiful pine forests and stretches of desert scrub. A few lovely lookout points and bodies of water make for fun stops along the way. The trail travels through Dixie National Forest, so make sure you familiarize yourself with their rules and regulations at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/dixie.
Street legal machines are recommended for Posey-Griffin Top Loop as it is easiest to start in town, and the loop concludes on paved highway. You can start in Escalante at the town park and ride over to Posey Lake Road and drive north until the pavement eventually becomes a gravel road. To visit Griffin Top and complete the loop you’ll be traveling through several intersections, so keep an eye out for trail signage and follow directions given on the signs.
There is plenty of lodging in and just outside of the town of Escalante. The town has every necessity between grocers and gas stations. There is also a Dixie National Forest campground if you’d like to camp off of the trail. Information about the Posey Lake Campground can be found here: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/231916.
Street legal offroad vehicles were recently allowed to travel on county-maintained dirt roads in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and it has become extremely accessible for offroad riding opportunities. Learn more about off road initiatives in the area by watching the video below!
We highly recommend you get GAIA GPS for your mobile device. GAIA GPS will allow you to download this trail complete with the photos you see here so you can be sure where you are at all times. Simply install the GAIA GPS app and save this trail from the button below.
Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.
On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.
You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.