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Atkinson Creek Loop

Distance:  25.5 miles
Elevation gain:  3600’
Estimated ride time:  5-6 hours
Very Difficult

The Atkinson Creek drainage area holds many loop ride possibilities. The one described here joins the Paradox Trail in upper Bull Draw where it begins its return to upper Spring Creek Mesa via the “Koski Traverse”. Park on Road S17 which accesses Atkinson Creek off Hwy 141, 1.5 miles downstream from the old milltown of Uravan.  Follow the main road as it parallels the creek.  After almost two miles, the road heads north to the left of Hog Point. One half mile beyond Rd S17 heads to the right. A gate is found a short way up and should be left as you found it. The road climbs the drainage to a short switchback up onto the rim of Atkinson Breaks. Continue on the main road across and to the north side of the mesa. The road drops a short distance at mile 7.5 to cross West Atkinson Creek and continue up Bull Draw. Less than three miles up Bull Draw, the Paradox Trail is met. The loop climbs to the right as it begins the traverse across Atkinson Creek, Big Johnson Creek, Big Atkinson Creek, and down a long incline to beet Rd U18 in a sage covered flat. The 4.5 mile traverse is steep and rocky in places with more than one “hike a bike” section. Continue to the right (south) down Rd U18 as it descends toward Spring Creek Mesa, Uravan, and Hwy 141. At Hwy 141, go right for 1.5 miles until you meet Rd S17.