Chimney Rock Loop Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Torrey, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.5 miles 844 feet Loop

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nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

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Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a demanding 3.5 mile loop trail in Capitol Reef National Park located near Torrey, Utah that offers wide panoramic views along the Waterpocket Fold. Starting as a strenuous climb up switchbacks for the first quarter mile; then it becomes a moderate loop hike afterwards offering views of Chimney Rock and sweeping panoramas from the top of the mesa along the edge of the Waterpocket Fold. Chimney Rock is a natural spire, eroded out of the side of the mesa and stands 300 ft above the road. The trail ascends higher than the top of the chimney. After 300-ft climb, the loop trail more gradually ascends and circles the top of Mummy Cliff to the south of Chimney Rock. Since this is a loop, go whichever direction you wish, but most people end up going counterclockwise to finish the climb at the beginning of the loop trail to the cliffs. Chimney Rock was once part of same sediment bed solidified into Mummy Cliff and the rest of the mesa. But as the mesa eroded, Chimney Rock - made of harder stone - is positioned such that it can shrug off the mesa's winds and stone-splitting frosts; it formed a natural landmark more resistant to erosion than the surrounding sandstone. Chimney Rock Canyon is located at east side of mesa, and cuts way down to Spring Canyon, and then onto Hwy 24 and the Fremont River. Seemingly made of stacked sandstone bricks, Mummy Cliffs almost appear to be buttresses holding up edges of mesa. The cliffs mark the highest point of mesa, rising up out of Chimney Rock Canyon with rest of the slanted Waterpocket Fold. The hike can be extremely hot in the summer, so be sure to take plenty of water; also hiking poles are useful. The trail passes through the bright red-orange sandstone which is striking against other rock. This is the signature hike at Capitol Reef and can be crowded at times, but is still not to miss!

hiking
4 months ago

Was good, the elevation starts about 1/4 mile in then goes for another miles or so but. Enjoyable time with wife and kids.

6 months ago

great views of towers. really windy day.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a truly spectacular hike. However, it is quite easy to get lost - the loop is not well-marked. The day we were out, we were off-trail for about an hour, and we met up with two other groups who had also gotten lost. BE SURE TO CARRY ENOUGH WATER! We were down to our last drops by the end.

hiking
1 year ago

Fantastic trail. My 2nd favorite in the park. Take the difficult route first and take on the trail counter-clockwise. You'll get great views once on top. Enjoy!

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Outstanding views in every direction. Rocks, canyons, and snow covered peaks in the distance. Lots of photo vistas and rock formations to climb upon. Fairly easy to do on an overcast Spring day. No shade.

hiking
3 years ago

Great hike. We hiked it mid morning on a very hot day, so really appreciated our water. The switchbacks were tough in the heat but not too far (even though we think the parking lot to the start of the 3 mile loop is closer to a half mile than a quarter mile), and we took the loop counterclockwise. Took about 2.5 to 3 hours as we soaked in the grand views of the Fold and surrounding area. We had to hurry at the end due to afternoon thunderstorms creeping in. We hiked up to the top of the big sand pile at the mid-point in the loop and through huge bright orange-red boulders at the entrance of Chimney Rock Canyon. This is the flagship hike of Capitol Reef and not to be missed!

hiking
3 years ago

Great easy to follow trail with awesome views. The trail climbs steeply to the first sign. If you take the trail to the right this sign you will have another a steep climb to the top near Chimney Rock view then a gradual decent with great views to the south of Capital Reef. Then at the Spring Canyon junction the trail climbs gradually back to the first sign. If you want to avoid the steep climb at the first sign then keep going straight at the first sign and hike the trail clockwise turning right at the Spring Canyon junction.

hiking
4 years ago

This hike gives good views of a variety of Capitol Reef's scenery. Watch for pieces of petrified wood.