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Pilot Range

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Pilot Range

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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attraction
LENGTH: 1+ hours

Tue

53 | 24

Wed

60 | 28

Thu

57 | 28

Fri

59 | 30

Sat

61 | 32

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SEASON: Any, hot in summers.
WATER: Bring All You Need

Tue

53 | 24

Wed

60 | 28

Thu

57 | 28

Fri

59 | 30

Sat

61 | 32

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The Pilot Range from Lucin

The Pilot Range from Lucin

In the 1860’s when the railroad was completed and crossed the United States for the first time, Lucin was one of many small communities that sprung up along the railroad to provider water and other services to passing trains. When first built, it was about a mile north of its current location. The trains would pass north around the Great Salt Lake, then south down the west side of the lake before reaching Lucin and heading due west again. Surmounting the Great Salt Lake added quite a few miles to the cross-country journey.

In 1904, the Lucin Cutoff was completed. This more direct route from Ogden to Lucin involved crossing 12 miles of trestle built above the Great Salt Lake. Though arduous to build, the direct route shortened the distance between Ogden and Lucin by 44 miles over the more difficult and curvier original northern route. The Lucin Cutoff was about a mile south of the original Lucin town, so the town moved south to be alongside the new tracks.

Always a small community of mostly railroad folks, the town was abandoned in 1936. A group moved back later, mostly retirees, but then the town was abandoned again in the early 1990’s. The Division of Wildlife Resources acquired and now manages the land. An oasis in the desert, Lucin is important to migrating birds.

Not much in the way of structures remain today, though two ponds and a lush wetland area is still present.

Old root cellar in Lucin

Old root cellar in Lucin

Getting There

Take exit 378 from I-80 and head north on 233 toward Oasis/Montella. This exit is about 30 miles west of Wendover UT/NV. Follow NV-233 for 42.8 miles, crossing into Utah after about 34 miles.

Turn right onto Grouse Creek Road (mile post 8.7) and reset your odometer. Stay on the main dirt road as it heads south. At about 5.7 miles, it crosses the railroad tracks. At 6 miles there is a large pullout and information sign. Welcome to Lucin!

Oasis in the desert!

Oasis in the desert!

Route

From the trailhead and information sign, a gate gives access to the old town side. On the east side of the ponds is an old root cellar, and some foundation pieces remain. There is not much left, though the desolate views of the Pilot Range are quite good.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Turn off Pavement

12T 258513mE 4589571mN

N41° 25' 17" W113° 53' 23"

Lucin

12T 257147mE 4581210mN

N41° 20' 45" W113° 54' 10"

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