Highlights: The Red Onion Trail is a primitive hiking loop that connects to the Fisher Towers Trail. The trail is a challenging 2.4 mile loop that winds through narrow washes and canyons with striking views of Fisher Towers, Onion Creek and the Professor Valley.
Length: 2.4 miles as a loop. 0.2 mile of this loop is on the Fisher Towers Trail.
Trailhead: Trailhead location: 38.718697, -109.320818
NOTE: The Red Onion Trailhead is recommended for high clearance vehicles only. If you do not have a four wheel drive vehicle, it is recommended to start from the Fisher Towers Trailhead.
Directions: From Moab, take Utah Scenic Byway Hwy 128. 20.2 miles east of the Hwy 128/US 191 junction, turn right onto Onion Creek Road (dirt road) and continue 1.5 miles. After the third creek crossing, turn left onto the entrance road to the trailhead, which is recommended only with a high clearance vehicle. Continue 0.7 mile up the road to its end and the Red Onion Trailhead.
Begin hike from the trailhead kiosk. The trail climbs a short hill and continues for 300 feet to a trail junction. From this junction the trail is a loop, and you can choose to hike in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. To make a full loop of the Red Onion Trail, you will hike on the Fisher Towers Trail for 0.2 miles. You can add some extra mileage to your hike by hiking out and back on the Fisher Towers Trail, just don’t miss the turn off to Red Onion Trail on your way back.
This hiking trail is rated as difficult. The route requires occasional scrambling that requires the use of hands to go around obstacles. The route weaves in and out of drainages, and hikers should be attentive to the arrow signs that mark the route.