I’ve been trying to get up to the summit of Wagon Road Ridge for a long time. After my first trip to the Bookcliffs when I became rather enchanted with their remote, rugged beauty, I knew that I’d eventually have to check their highpoint off my list (or more specifically, the Lower 48 Range5 highpoint list on Peakbagger).
I’d heard that Right Hand Tusher Canyon was a difficult drive but found that it was pretty straight forward to drive so before we knew it, we were at the “trailhead.” The trail is definitely not an official one and climbs really steeply. Fortunately, most of the steepest climb is in some sort of shade although there is a long exposed traverse around “9 Hole” before you make the final climb up onto the ridge. The views (pictured above) are pretty fantastic.
I have to admit that the best views weren’t actually on the highpoint but rather just when I reached the road on the ridge. Sprocket and I persevered and hiked the rest of the way to the highpoint just because we needed to and then headed back down to meet up with Amanda.
Highpoint of the Central Roan Cliffs (aka Bookcliffs): 9,503′
Hike: 10mi RT, 1,900′ elevation gain