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While offering some wondrous overlooks, be forewarned that the hike to Druid Arch is not easily navigable. My hiking partner and I were separated from the trail on several instances, although our GPS map helped course correct. Even with technological assistance, we were ultimately unable to complete the route as the trail petered out in on a frozen lagoon (approx. 4 to 5 miles in to hike) from which we saw no appreciable way forward. Rock cairns are somewhat helpful, but the Druid Arch trail would benefit from improved signage, lest others share in a similarly unfulfilling experience.
When we went, it had just stopped raining, so all of the potholes were filled with water. It was really beautiful and was a great pitstop on our way back to camp. Don't let the distance (0.6 miles) fool you since this isn't really a hike. It's just a wander, really. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous. There are some boulders that you can climb and get some really good pictures of the sun setting behind the Needles. While this wasn't a super big destination, it was a really great way to end the day.
One of my favorite trails on earth. Start from Elephant Canyon parking lot. Get there early so you can park! This trail is around 11 miles round trip and the terrain is pretty rugged at times. You will feel it when you are done, but the variety of desert landscapes you experience are well worth the pain. The open panoramas of Chesler, the mushroom rock formations in Elephant Canyon, the dark narrow path within the joint trail, the ascent into Chesler and all those colorful needles against the bright blue sky make this trail a must see.