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on Delicate Arch Trail

6 hours ago

This hike is well worth it when you get to the top but NOT an easy hike. Uphill much of the way but just take your time.

One of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done but very worth it, and I would 100% do it again with the knowledge I have now.

After landscape arch you should have hiking boots to get through the first scramble area but it’s not going to be impossible without them. Getting to the double O, be aware you will be walking on two fins that are relatively flat but have steep drop offs, so be comfortable with that.
By far the MOST DIFFICULT area is about 3/4 way (clockwise) when you must scramble and really need to sit down and slide to get down a rock wall to make it to the rest of the trail. If you aren’t careful you could seriously injure yourself. Short nails and sturdy hiking boots are a MUST for a safe hike down.

Lastly, the primitive trail (as noted) is confusing and easy to stray from, so having a downloaded map via this app is very helpful.
P.S: Dark Angel was not worth the extra 0.5 for the sight itself, but it’s a nice addition to the entire hike.

Worth the effort and time, saw all 7 arches and got some great lighting. Wear boots, have a map and cut your nails.

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19 hours ago

Trail is easy as pie, no poles or even hiking boots required. Flat, quick out and back, lighting is best before noon for photos.

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19 hours ago

Steep incline for about 1/3 the round trip hike, flat 1/3 and steady decline for 1/3. I used poles which was helpful, but not necessary. I had already done 10 miles today and was reluctant to hike another 3 but boy...so worth it. We luckily and totally by chance ended up at the arch five minutes or so before sunset and the arch literally GLOWED. I almost cried because it was just so insanely beautiful...if you don’t do any other somewhat difficult trails in the park, do this one.

Wonderful trail and we did all of the arches. But coming down the Primitive Trail in a clockwise direction we hit two rock obstacles. We slid down the first but could not manage the 2nd one and so turned around as did many others. Be aware if you plan to do this that rock climbing skills would be useful

Lovely little walk to the landscape arch. This is also the trailhead for devil's garden primitive loop. This section is super accessible to anyone with a few slopes. Work the walk.

By far my favorite hike. In the world. The terrain is always changing and it's so fun to find all the arches. The trail is hard to determine at points but look for the cairns and worn paths on the rock and you should be able to figure it out. There is some climbing involved. Absolutely beautiful trail though. Go early and pack enough water.

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2 days ago

Great hike with amazing views at the end! I would say this is a strenuous hike due to the extreme incline hiking on sandstone for about 1/4-1/2 of a mile. There are some steep ledges towards the end of the hike so if you are scared of heights I’d hug the wall on this portion.

If you do the small trails off the loop the mileage will be more. We went clockwise and encountered a tough spot 3/4 of the way. A rope would make that easier for less agile folks. We had a great hike and loved it.

on Delicate Arch Trail

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3 days ago

Great hike but quite hard for this 57 year old out of shape gal. I say just do it. I had to stop a lot on the way up-much steeper than I thought but the view of the Delicate Arch is well worth it. We went about 8:45 am and it was only 35 degrees when we started but it turned out to be a blessing because we were not overheated or overly thirsty. The trail goes along a cliff edge right at the end which was a little unnerving but I stayed close to the rock face and was fine. There were not very many people there so we were able to take lots of pics. This was one of my favorite hikes.

Very fun and certainly worth the walk. Definitely clogged with people but understandably so

beautiful trail. very heavy traffic but worth checking out.

I did the primitive trail loop counter clockwise. Fantastic hike, go in the early morning to get the best light for pictures. Or sunset for Double O Arch from what I heard.

Short and sweet with amazing views. Check out the view of Turret Arch through the North Window at sunrise.

The drive up was incredible. This is your traditional hard-on-the-way-up, easy-on-the-way-down hike. BUT the arch is worth any discomfort. We were pushing pretty hard due to a time crunch and finished this in 1.25hrs. However, cost $30 to get into the park and I actually enjoyed the view at Corona Arch more, which was a free hike. Still cool if you dont mind paying!

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4 days ago

Beautiful night hike to see the stars!! No problems getting up/down at night. There is a steeper rock portion going up where there’s not a clear path, but there’s so many people coming up/down that it was easy to find way. If night hiking, bring flashlight for sure! Arches is a no light park and the parking lot/surrounding area is completely black. Great for viewing stars! Just beautiful

Amazing scenery! Unique views the whole way.

Easy to get to in our Toyota Tundra even after recent rain. I think you could easily get to it in an all wheel drive vehicle if you go the conventional way. You for sure need a more high clearance 4WD vehicle to take the other road.
We LOVED this hike. We passed one other person on the way out.
We didn't have a problem following the trail, and the weather was perfect mid October.
I could see how this would be a hot hike on a sunny day, as there isn't much shade.
Will do this again for sure!

We said our vows under delicate Arch. it's one of our favorite places.

A must do hike in Moab!!!!

Beautiful hike, for most of it I felt like we were on a nice stroll but then we came to a steep cliff that everyone was shuffling across/down. You definitely need grippy hiking boots or shoes. We have hiked around most of this country in sneakers from Target and have never once had an issue. This is the first time we truly felt we needed hiking boots. The rocks were so slippery. A woman mentioned it might have been from the recent rain. A wonderful man helped me down and a couple other guys helped us both. We ended up going down barefoot bc our sneakers had no grip. We did the full loop. This cliff was part of the primitive trail. Great hike - wear proper shoes.

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7 days ago

Wow! What a scenic view! Delicate Arch is my all time top favorite hiking destination spots in Moab, Utah! If you are exploring in Moab, check out Arches National Park without any doubt! Going during the busy season (April-Mid October)?? The trail will be busy, so expect high traffic. During the late Fall and Winter months you'll want to dress warm like a Fleece or Windbreaker and expect less traffic on the trail. You definitely want to take at least 1-2 liters of water and a snack (granola bar) per person. It's about 3 miles up, there is little to no shade, and it is open slickrock (may be slippery in winter) with some exposure to heights. Keep an eye out for cute Jack Rabbits and have fun!!

Super busy trail - but a must do. The arch is absolutely amazing - just don’t expect to get a picture without someone standing in it... it’s a fairly straightforward walk up hill, the path is well marked throughout.

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8 days ago

A bit of a tourist trap, but to be expected with a famous landmark.

We lucked out with cool weather, but I would imagine it would difficult in hot weather. Most of the hike is exposed and there is little if any areas for shade.

My favorite part was the old abandoned ranch and the petroglyphs just past.

Fiery Furnace is a playground for adults! There are plenty of spots to squeeze through, scramble over, crawl under and just be amazed by the geography.

We hiked the counter clockwise route, and even with the arrows provided by NPS as a guide, you really need to pay attention and think you're way through. Definitely not a place where you can just wander without paying attention. We got off track twice, which led to more exploration as we reconnoitered options.

The limited number of back country passes issued each day make this hike even more enjoyable since you will probably not encounter more than a few folks.

9 days ago

easy

Nicely, enjoyable, well marked, wide walking trail for the most part. Moderate level, worth the 2.9 mile hike.. amazing arch and views..

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10 days ago

Great hike. I did ok with the ledge: it slopes inward towards the wall.

Being afraid of heights, having to walk on two fins on this hike was probably the scariest part. Other than that, the hike was very manageable (easy-moderate rather than hard imo) for a scaredy-cat like me. It was windy at some parts too so hold on to your hats if you need! There were many people we saw that did the trail, from kids to elderly couples so don’t be afraid to do it! 4 stars only because it’s a heavily trafficked trail in the middle of the day. Views of arches, fiery furnace, and walking between canyons made this hike very worth it to me.

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