We were going to run Copper Ridge and that meant we'd be running part of the Sovereign Loop, so it just made sense to run the entire loop while we were there. It ended up being a really nice diversion.
The part of the trail that was shared with Copper Ridge was fun, with some good slickrock areas and fun, sandy stretches. It was a confusing moment when the two split in the little valley, but after looking for both trails ahead of us we could see where the intersection was. We followed the slickrock up and around the rocks.
This section was nice. It felt really isolated, and we didn't see anyone. It was basically the same slickrock slab that the Copper Ridge trail goes over, but the Sovereign Loop trail stays on it about twice as long.
Then we went over parts that were mostly dirt, and the dirt was a very dark red. It was nice working our way to the main road.
The main, big road was probably the dustiest road we've ever seen. We stayed far away from each other but it only helped a little. The dust was the consistency of powder, and your front tires would kick it up and into your Jeep.
We stopped at the big parking area just to clean everything off. What a mess! We probably wouldn't do that road again.
We went back through half of the loop to get back to the little valley where the trail split from Copper Ridge, and then we followed Copper Ridge out. I'm not sure we'd do that back part of Sovereign Loop again, but it was worth a little dirt to see the slickrock.