As we stayed in 2008 in the Whispering Sands Motel in Hanksville, UT and the weather was not really promissing, we thought why not to visit Temple Wash. From UT24 we turned on the connecting road to Goblin Valley. We were following this road until we reached a trail to the right at 12S530000X/427831X (UTM/NAD27). To the north one has a very good view towards Temple Mountain. The trail, we wanted to go for, passes Temple Mountain on his back side.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

After a short time we turned to the left into Temple Wash (12S531346X/427899X). A few nice spots are visible along the trail:

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

The wash gets closer and closer:

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

And soon we are reaching a few minor ledges, which should be no problem with a good vehicle.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Soon the wash gets wider and we are finding Temple Mountain in front of us.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Also the surrounding vicinity looks pretty nice.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

We are passing some old barracks:

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

The trail continues and passes Temple Mountain. There are also some trails turning of to proceed to the front side of Temple Mountain. This trails are supposed to be much more difficult than this trail.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Here a view back:

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

As of now, the trail was really easy until we were arriving at the most difficult portion of the trail. It is going down a rough and somehow steep descend. In reality it was much more impressing than on the pictures here.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

After passing this spot one can enjoy the landscape again.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Again a view back to Temple Mountain. On the top still some snow is visible.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Here a picture from the ongoing trail:

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

You are moving away from Temple Mountain.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

In the background you are able to see the Henry Mountains.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Here a few more shots from the vicinity.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Soon we are coming closer to Temple Mountain Road.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

There is still some snow and mud on the trail.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Then we reached Temple Mountain Road and thought, we could also visit Dutchman Arch. Most of the ongoing route is pretty much unspectacular.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

After leaving Temple Mountain Road we have to cross some small snow fields. The melting snow creates nice slippery trail portions.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

But a little bit later after using an underpass under I-70 we are reaching Dutchman Arch. We were the only ones being there, so that we could enjoy the area without being in a hurry.

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT

We would recommend to drive the Temple Wash & Mining Trail in the opposite direction than we did it, because than Temple Mountain always will be in front of you. The trail was mostly easy with that one portion down the rough hill.

For a better orientation, one can download a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Temple Wash & Mining Trail, San Rafael Swell, UT (103 downloads)

And the following map gives an overview: