Cohab Canyon - Cassidy Arch Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanksville, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Hickman Bridge Access: Drive eastward on Highway 24 approximately 1.5 miles to the Hickman Bridge Trailhead. Park at this trailhead and cross the highway to the Cohab Canyon Trail's northern terminus.
The Alltrails description of this hike is from the Highway 24 trailhead but the map is from the Gifford House end. We hiked in from the Highway 24 end of the Cohad Trail switched to the Frying Pan Trail and then to the Cassidy Arch Trail to Casidy Arch. A truly great and strenuous hike (lots of up and down) but not difficult nor edgy. The way we did it it encompassed about 8.5 miles and about 5 hours. The Arch is impressive and the only one we've found in southeast Utah that is easily walked across on top given its massive width.
Great hike that climbs quickly out of the valley floor to a slot canyon near the top. Our kids did great completing the steep incline in about 15 minutes. We enjoyed exploring the slot canyon and a couple of its side canyons. The view from the canyon entrance are wonderful and gives a good overlook of some of the orchards and farm below.
This was a fantastic hike, and was my favorite part of my Capital Reef trip. The trail gradually rolls up and down, constantly changing elevation, so you never have extended climbs or descents. For the most part, the trail is well maintained and cairns are visible, with the exception of a few areas in the Frying Pan trail. Just keep you head on a swivel or bring a GPS. Be sure to pack plenty of water. There is none on the trail, and during the summer this trail will be incredibly hot and you are exposed 95% of the time. The views at the end at Cassidy Arch are wonderful, and it's a good time to rest and soak it all in. If you have time for 1 hike in the park, it should be this one.
This was an awesome hike and covers portion of the Cohab Canyon Trail for about a 1 Mile. Then The Frying Pan trail for about 3 miles. And then the Cassidy Arch trail for about .5 miles. My Handheld GPS listed 8.3 miles and as the round trip distance from Fruita. Its about .5 miles shorter from the Highway 24 trailhead.
I love Capital Reef. This trail is a great one. Strenuous at first, but once you conquor that it is nice going down the canyon. Be sure to take the side trail up to the rim for a nice view of Fruita and the orchards. Do this hike in the morning before the sun gets high as it can be a hot one later in the day.