The Hole in the Rock trail is a historic trail opened by Mormon pioneers in order to populate the southeast corner of Utah. A group was commissioned by Brigham Young to create a route to Bluff UT on the San Juan River. The trip was supposed to take 6 weeks but because of great difficulties crossing the Colorado River and the terrain east of the river it took them 6 months.
This western part of the trail begins near the town or Escalante and ends several hundred feet above the western shore of Lake Powell. From here the pioneers had to build a road down the sheer escarpment to the Colorado River to continue on the east side of the river.
This side of the trail is rated a 1 Difficulty, no 4WD required.