Photo by Andy Platt


Robertsons Pasture

   

Closed to Mountain Biking and Motorcycle Riding from Oct 1 – May 15th

Description: 7.5 miles one way or 15 miles round trip (can be done as a shuttle from one end to the other). Allow 4-5 hours one way or 8-10 hours round trip. The Robertson Pasture Trail #020 is 7.5 miles long. The south end of this trail is located at Forest Road #079 (North Creek) and the northern end is just beyond the east end of Foy Lake (Spring Lake) off of Forest Road #100 (Indian Creek). The southern portion of this trail covers very steep terrain going both up and down. The northernmost end also covers rough, steep terrain. The trail passes through the pine, fir and aspen forests of the Abajo Mountains.

This trail goes from 8,400 feet at the north trailhead to its high point at 10,500 feet (2,560 to 3,200 meters) before descending back to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) at the south trailhead. This climbs relatively steeply at the beginning before continuing more gradually to the high point of the trail. It is open to hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and motorcycles although the later are not allowed on the trail between October 1 and May 15.

The trail begins by crossing through piñon pine, juniper and Gambel oak scrub forest. As it ascends the west side of North Peak the views farther west towards Canyonlands National Park and Dark Canyon Wilderness are broad and beautiful.

Continuing to circle North Peak the trail begins to provide views of the Twin Peaks to the southeast and Abajo Peak to the distant east. Here the trail is at and just above treeline providing vista views especially with clear skies.

From here the trail begins to descend again through aspen and open meadows where wildflowers maybe present in the early summer. Fall color is also a delight in this area of the trail. The end of the trail is on Forest Road #079 where a car shuttle could be parked to eliminate back-tracking on the same trail to the starting point. 

This trail travels steeply into and out of multiple streambeds (typically dry) which may be problematic for novice riders. Many trail loops can be made using this trail and other area trails. Those trails include: Red Ledges #019, Red Ledges Access #160, Aspen Flat #018 and Shay Ridge #162. To complete these loops, Forest Road #079 (North Creek) is used.

Difficulty Level:

UsageMedium

Restrictions

Open to:  Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Motorcycle Riding.  Closed to Mountain Biking and Motorcycle Riding from Oct 1 – May 15th

WaterBring your own water for day trips

RestroomRestrooms are available at Foy Lake (Spring Lake)

Operated by: Forest Service

Information CenterMonticello Ranger District (435) 587-2041

Directions: From Monticello, head west on W 200 S 0.2 miles (0.3 km) and take the 3rd left onto Abajo Dr. (this is a soft left just after passing the main buildings of the high school). Continue through a residential area and down a hill 0.4 miles (0.64 km). Abajo Dr. becomes Forest Road #049/County Road 101/Harts Draw Road at this point and ascends steadily towards the Abajo Mountains and Horsehead Peak. Continue 7.2 miles (11.6 km) to turn west for Foy Lake/Spring Lake at Forest Road #100/Indian Creek. Foy Lake will appear on the southside of the road in 1.1 miles (1.8 km). Continue around the lake on its north shore to the west end where a road passes through some shrubs and into a meadow. A gate in the fence (please close to keep cattle out of the lake) leads to the trailhead on the south side of the road and is signed Roberston Pasture Trail #020

Latitude: 37 54’ 06.4” (37.901777 Decimal Degrees)

Longitude: 109 30’ 42.4” (-109.51178 Decimal Degrees)