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Absolutely amazing!!

2 days ago

The only reason it get 4 stars instead of 5 is because I couldn’t make it to the lake due to the snow conditions. Just to early in the season to expect to make it to Gore Lake. Regardless, this was a beautiful hike. I had to start cutting my own trail after about 2 miles, so be prepared with snowshoes if you plan to get very far. I can’t wait to be back in late summer to attempt getting to the lake again. The views across the valley are breathtaking. Very impressed with my first hike in CO.

Fantastic trail! This was one of the highlights of our trip to Arches.

Definitely do the entire loop if possible. We actually found the primitive trail portion to be easier than the main trail because there was less time on the windy, exposed high rocks — also, the primitive trail is very well marked with cairns, so if you keep an eye out for those you won’t get lost.

Absolutely awesome hike. Glad we did the entire hike. We went counter-clockwise and we were glad we did. Not very many people on the primitive trail. Make sure you have good shoes with good grip because you do have to do some scrambling. The views were spectacular and going the direction we did, we were able to avoid a lot of the crowds.

10 days ago

Stayed at Chester Park 4 and it was an amazing campsite. Perfect views of the sunset. Trees and nice area to set tent under. A private cave behind the camp you can climb up in.

easily some of the best views in the usa. The primitive trail can get a touch hard to follow at times but we always found our way back. Pro version with offline trail map is recomended for this trail.

Great hike ! Solid difficulty. I know I probably don’t have to say this on this website but please wear appropriate footwear for this hike. There is a lot of scrambling at some parts and a girl got stuck because she was hiking in converse.....

The trail itself was awesome but just a word of warning... we went just after they got some snow and there were a lot of high risk situations where slipping on ice could’ve ruined the day. Also, if you were hiking clockwise just about in the last mile or so there is a giant what I would call a mini pond with two rock faces on each side. And the only way over is just walking through the ice water. We were with two folks who pulled off some American ninja warrior type move and ran over the side of the rock face. Haha I’m just not a risk taker like that.

We hiked this trail on 13 February 2018 and loved it. The weather was comfortable and cool. We hiked it counter clockwise and that worked very well for us. We were the only ones on the trail, the entire time. The trail is easy to follow, it is well marked but you do have to pay attention to the markers all the time. It is very strenuous and rugged and involves a lot of scrambling and climbing. Great stunning views the entire time, so this trail never gets boring. A great workout with amazing scenery. Make sure to take plenty of water, no matter what time of year you go. Pick a cooler time to hike, preferably in the off season. Bring a lot of snacks and a sandwich. Pack more than you think because it can take you all day out there. The trail offers back country campsites for those who want to sleep out there and finish the next day.

29 days ago

Hiked counterclockwise, loved the less-crowded "Primitive Trail" section. We got seriously off-track when getting back onto the main trail from the Double-O arch, and ended up scrambling across a fin to get back on track; not very well-marked if you're going the opposite direction like we were. Extremely windy on the scary high fin section, which was freaky--be careful! Absolutely beautiful though, and no snow/ice to speak of when we went. The Partition arch and Dark Angel formation have the best views imo!

Think this should be a registered hike...Only to account for those who might not make it out. A few of us were "lost" here and there. It was super windy and snowing on occasion. Were some pretty cold points with the snow coming down. For a beginner afraid of heights, with health issues, it took me longer than most but I was still able to do it. Two helping hands from strangers... one letting us know we were going the right way and the other literally lent a hand across a rock face... above a huge puddle with no way around. This is one time I didnt let pride get in the way. Butt crawling and all is involved in this hike. Beautiful views of everything. Went clockwise. For those of us out of shape... this makes for a difficult hike. Go prepared for anything... including plunging off a rock face into the the occasional massive puddle :) Thanks random stranger for keeping me dry!

This was a beautiful hike however be aware that the road (county road 7 I believe) is closed. The last 4.4 miles of driving become walking. Also the snow was very deep (up to my waist at points) so bring snowshoes. It was still beautiful but be warned that this 8 mike hike is a 17 mike hike in the winter!

Beautiful hike that we started early. Should have taken the advice provided by other reviewers on All Trails, we hiked this loop trail clockwise and somewhere missed a sign and ended up further in the gardens than other tracks show and we didn't deem to go in as far NW as other tracks. That said, beautiful hike. There was a crisp blue sky which contrasted beautifully with the red rock and arches.

Went today and barely any crowds. It's very similar to Devils playground in Arches. Super relaxing hike and definitely a hike to feel complete solitude. Also pretty strenuous. You'll be ready for bed afterwards. Follow markers carefully, had to backtrack a few times due to poor markers. Definitely my new favorite hike in all of Moab.

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1 month ago

Obviously, a lot of people love this trail, but it is my least favorite hike in the Moab area. I did it a couple of years ago, going counter-clockwise (against the prevailing wisdom), so I thought I would give it another try in the clockwise direction. The elevation change looks to be much more gradual during the ascent if you go clockwise, but it consists of climbing over dozens of humps, where you go up 20 or so feet and then come down the other side. So you are constantly going up and down, and as a result the whole hike is more tiring than you would predict from just looking at the mileage and elevation change. At the mid-point, there is a section that, as others have said, is not for anyone afraid of heights or lacking shoes with good traction. Although there are signs that warn that the trail is hard to follow, it is very well marked. I guess I am spoiled, but there are many hikes with more varied and spectacular scenery in the area, i.e. the nearby Lathrop canyon for example. In my opinion, this hike has a poor exertion to reward ratio. The loop is 8.3 miles.

1 month ago

This is an insanely beautiful trail - some rock scrambling, but nothing too dangerous. Highly recommended.

One of the best in USA!

It was a bit tiring but me and my girlfriend rocked that hike like champs, the first lake was amazing and the views are beautiful, you don’t need much gear to get to this point but we ll definitely recommend hiking shoes and not be afraid of heights if you wanna continue the short trip to island lake, there are parts that are a bit scary for first timers.

We ll definitely go back

One of my favorite hikes.

Amazing views, tons of arches, and solid difficulty level. Did this in the winter and it was much less crowded than it seems to be in the summer.

There is a steep bit of slick rock on the northeast corner of the trail. I suggest doing the whole trail clockwise and sliding down on your butt for this section of you're struggling with it.

This is one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. We did the loop counter clockwise like recommend but the overall elevation isn’t bad. There were quite a few spots where you had to scrambled up and down rocks and squeeze through tight spaces but this made the trail so fun. 360° views the entire time. There are designated campsites along the way. Highly recommend this hike!

Only hiked about 2 miles (counterclockwise) due to time, but this is first on my list next time in Arches.

Epic trail. Backpacked thousands of miles and usually the signs warn of difficulty when there is no need. however, this trail is not difficult perse, but it definitely has some seriously sketchy parts to it. .. atleast in winter. trail would be much easier in summer... though hotter.

2 months ago

A must!

Hiked it clockwise in the snow. Make sure you have good hiking boots and snow traction as some steep parts are quite dicey.

Thankfully we took the the good folk's on All Trails advice and went counterclockwise. This direction is key in order to arrive at the bottom a steep smooth rockface, as it's much easier to boulder up the bluff than down. This obstacle was a quarter to a third of the the way around the loop, once over the top the traffic was heavy with people debating the descent and those who had turned around and those had had yet to realize what they were in for.

This was so much fun in the snow! If you want to do primitive trail in the winter, bring your crampons!

We hiked counterclockwise in the snow. Most cairns were knocked over or covered so it took a little deciphering to find the right way. A lot of trial and error. Do not do this if you’re scared of heights. You hike on fins and that gets a little spooky. Took about 5 hours in snow with a stop at Dark Angel.

This is THE BEST hike at Arches.

probably the most beautiful hike we've done. the time of year may have helped as the change from 50° at the bottom to about 20 up top with almost a foot of snow made it feel like a fairy tale. will be back. not an easy one but may be one of the easier "hard" labeled hikes we've done in CO. I feel like there should be more ratings on here than easy, moderate, hard. If this is hard, there are hikes that are definitely VERY HARD.

2 months ago

One of the best hikes I have ever been on. Breathtaking views I will never forget. Nice to camp there and visit Ouray Hot Spings after the hike. Took hundreds of pics as the hike is too beautiful not to.

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