Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
898.00 ft (273.71 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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This trail starts from the Historic Babylon Trail about .3 miles from the trailhead. Little Purgatory makes a sharp left and begins a steady and very steep climb up switchbacks on loose terrain. Once you pass the steep section, the trail rolls through open desert and soon you’ll have great views of the Red Cliffs.

The trail ends where it meets the Historic Babylon Trail again at the top. When you start a steady downhill, take note that you didn’t miss the end sign. The trail is usually done as part of a loop hike with the Historic Babylon Trail and descending the steep Little Purgatory Trail. This trail offers no protection from the sun and is best hiked in the early morning.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Views.

Cons

Exposure to sun for the entire trail. Steep trail.

Trailhead Elevation

2,980.00 ft (908.30 m)

Highest point

3,821.00 ft (1,164.64 m)

Net Elevation Gain

840.00 ft (256.03 m)

Features

Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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