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spectacular!

A great Hike. Like others say, start early.....we started at 8am but 7am would have been even better as if you plan to do Primative loop as we did then the last 45 minutes back to the Landscape Arch (assuming a clockwise loop) could be a little punishing if not adequately prepared on a hot day.
The Arches are all fantastic in their own way and quite unique. We enjoyed a treat of mother and young deer feeding at Landscape Arch which was great. If you choose to take the Primative loop and assuming it is dry then there is nothing too difficult although if in doubt spot the cairns (rock piles) which indicate the way. Also around Double O arch of you wish to find the Primative loop (again clockwise) then pass through the arch and pass around the fin to find the trail. That was the most difficult part of the trail to stay on. We took just over 4 hours with 2 children (15and12. Very rewarding hike. Primative Loop only has one arch (Private Arch) which is beautiful but for the less confident then just turn back after Double O arch would be my suggestion.

Great views but bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking into the afternoon. Start early if you want to avoid the heat.

great hike, doesn't feel very long, lots of steps!

easy hike, go in morning to avoid the heat and bring 2 liters water

We did this hike with Ranger Vicky (she is really brilliant) and the hike was amazing.

Crowded but epic

This is a great trail. I highly recommend doing it. We hit the trail by 7:45 and completed it in just under five hours and we took our time. The trail is well marked but you have to pay attention for the cairns. I think the route is better if you go clockwise.

Sooooo many people....

Best arch in the national park! And the hike wasn’t as hard as some may say. Just make sure you start early enough to beat the heat and avoid crowds. We started at 7 am and that was the perfect time. I wouldn’t recommend starting this hike midday; it should honestly be closed around 11 am - 4 pm because that heat can be dangerous!

Keep going to (almost) the end to make sure to catch Sheep Rock and then check out the sign at the viewpoint, some cool info!

hiking
4 days ago

Fun trail with three distinct sections. Just be careful, sign at trailhead lists it as “1.5....one way.” Quickly read it and assumed it was mileage for out and back (like normal...). Was in for a slightly longer trip than planned. Lots of groups complaining about water very early on and resting in any shade they could find. Also lots of little kids with no water and barely any clothing/protection. Plan appropriately, it’s lots of sun and decent climbing for families.

A nice way to see some of the best formations at Arches. We went clockwise and caught the arches before returning via the Primitive Trail. Be sure to take the time to visit Navajo, Partition, and the others adjacent to the loop itself. The main trail was filling up even at ~8 AM when we started, but we were almost all alone on the Primitive Trail (mostly sand with some rock climbing, nothing too demanding but not recommended for folks with bad knees/ankles). There’s a lot of parking, bathrooms, and a water refill station at the trailhead, but plan to spend 30 minutes getting there from the visitors center – it’s at the very end of the main road.

Trail was alright, heavily trafficked so we decided to only go to the landscape arch.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a short easy trail over sand and compacted dirt. There’s some scrambling (if you want) over rocks at the arch. It’s beautiful!

hiking
5 days ago

This is a moderately easy trail over sand mostly. There is some scrambling over rocks closer to the arch. There’s some decent shade.

This is a short steep trail where you can see the Delicate Arch in the distance.

This is a nice short trail with lots of shade. There’s a small gap (maybe 2 feet) that you have to squeeze through to get to the sand dune arch.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a good easy-to-moderate trail from the Park Avenue trailhead to the Courthouse Towers. I was there in 100 degree weather and I got heat exhaustion. I almost passed out on the trail. Even if I did, there were enough people around that I would have been okay. There’s next to no shade so bring lots of water and salty snacks.

I hiked this trail starting around 10am before it got too hot. It was pretty steep and I had to stop and catch my breath a few times. There were a lot of people in the same boat. The view from the arch was well worth the hike.

Lots of reward for one trail. Looking back I don’t know if I would have done the primitive portion unless you want the extra miles or just to say you did the whole loops. Still beautiful but nothin g you aren’t already exposed to on the earlier parts of the trail. Go early, got to the lot at 7:30 and while there was still parking had to sit around and wait for lots of inconsiderate groups standing around right in front of the arches. Took me 4 hours, being lots of water.

Very worthwhile walk to see delicate arch. It was super hot so wear a broad rimmed hat and bring plenty water. There are some shady areas under trees and rocks on the way up but it's 95% exposed. Terrain is varied and includes walking up a rock.... not a problem if it's dry. Great views at top. We took some time to enjoy view before returning down. We stopped by to see the petroglyphs.

Amazing beautiful...another tick on my bucket list

Amazing

hiking
8 days ago

Only down fall was sooo many people. It would be nice if they took a pic in the arch and let some one else take some.

A easy trail to see three arches

hiking
9 days ago

A special arch

Extremely beautiful and remarkable. Many archea and other interesting rocks. The landforms here are very unordinary.

hiking
9 days ago

Very beautiful. I saw stars here at night, but it's really hard to find the way in the dark.

A must see in arches and Moab. Take plenty of water. Very hot and busy with people all day long. The hustle and bustle of all the people almost makes it more exciting in this case though. Not as negative as when I see lots of people on other trails I do.

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