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Well worth the effort! Fantastic views and surprised at every turn.

Probably the best hike (this and the loop in the north part with several arches). This is a clasic and a must-hike./walk

A nice little hike that includes all major arches. I suppose this is THE thing to do in arches NP. It wasn't always clear to me where the trail was, but nothing dramatic. There are a lot of people if you don't go too early, so it shouldn't be a problem.

This was a good, well trafficked hike. We completed this hike in early August and it was very hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

hiking
5 days ago

More moderate than hard - I’m carrying a fair bit of excess baggage and found this walk ok - defo 5 stars

hiking
8 days ago

Let me start off by saying that the scenery is absolutely beautiful: the water is clear, the turning aspens against the red cliffs are stunning. I only hiked 1.5 miles in because this trail is blatantly abused. The heavily trafficked trail with just-as-heavily trafficked off-shoots makes this trail crazy hard to follow. The effort by BLM is there (they have some postings on where the trail is supposed to lead you to), but I accidentally veered off trail so many times that I unintentionally was part of the problem. And the graffiti on the walls of the cliffs make me sick. And when I saw dog poop, a shoe, and a beer can in the same vicinity of the first waterfall, I decided I couldn’t continue further. This place is in dire need of restoration so when people post how fun it was to explore, what they’re really saying is that they had fun going off trail and stomping over the land not part of the trail (whether it be intentional or not). What a shame.

hiking
9 days ago

Must do easy hike for anyone, iconic. Great for kids (our 2 year old had no issues). If going for the “window turret photo” just know there is a bit of a scramble involved (see pics).

on Mill Creek Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Great easy hike with pictographs along the way to a beautiful swimming hole. Water is best in summer months but the hike is great year round.

9 days ago

Great for kids and super short adventure hike for all. Slot canyons, Sand and towering arches. You’ll love it.

Best hike close to town. Awesome for off leash dogs. Great for hot weather because you cross the creek multiple times, ends at really nice waterfall. Leave no trace!

Absolutely amazing views from the arch! Take plenty of water. It was cloudy and 55 degrees and I still went through two bottles. I went early in the morning and was at the arch by 9. There were tons of people heading up on my way back down, so I recommend going early. Well worth the hike. This one is a must do!

hiking
10 days ago

The perfect place to go when your kids need a break. Largely shaded with sand to play in (we brought sand toys), it also has some fun places to explore and climb.

hiking
10 days ago

We went with our young kids in 65-70 degree weather. Perfect! The trail is awesome, with some parts like they were lifted from the set of an old western. Before going, we had our kids practice walking single file along an imaginary cliff edge. I'm glad we did for the last stretch by the drop off, because our usually rambunctious kids were well-behaved. The arch is amazing to see, but it's not the most kid-friendly point with drop offs all around. We stayed for about two minutes then turned back.

We went at sunset, and that might be overrated. I'm not sure it was different than any other time of day.

Beautiful and diverse scenery. Highly recommend for the adventurous traveler!

Great at dawn on a cold morning. Very inspiring place and a sure way to gain a love for this landscape!

This is a beautiful hike, especially in Fall. Some crossings are required so get your feet wet, and enjoy!

Moderate at most for avid hikers. Could be difficult at times for weekend hikers. Don’t let the difficult rating deter you. There are only a couple spots where you have to either climb or descend some slightly slippery rock faces. I did it counter clock wise in tennis shoes in about 2.5 hours. I wouldn’t say one direction is easier than the other. Beautiful and rewarding views!

hiking
16 days ago

Group of fairly fit 60-somethings made it up no problem. Great scenery on the way as well as the top. Lots of friendly weekend folks. Just one of multiple trails in Arches Nat’l Park.

off road driving
17 days ago

This trail was amazing to crawl around on with a UTV. It was pretty challenging with many steep uphill and downhill slopes. Highly recommend with off road vehicle

Nice, moderate hike with huge pay-off. This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, but the trail is generally so wide that it didn’t really feel crowded until we got up to the area around there arch. Even then, we were all able to get solo pictures with the arch without much waiting. Went in the fall right at golden hour, the lighting was beautiful and the arch is really special.

Definitely a challenging hike! We did it clockwise - the first half (up to the double O arch) was well-marked, well-traveled, and not too tough. The second half, the primitive trail, had some very, very challenging parts, mainly a tiny ledge with sketchy hand holds. A LOT of people turned back there. Just know it exists, and be ready for it. There are no major arches on the primitive trail, but the winding canyon is really beautiful; it was worth doing for us (ages 62, 53, 26, 24). Pack in a lot of water - I packed in 2 liters on a fairly cold day and I was shocked I went through all of it.

Hiked with my 9 months old on my back and 6 years old boy last weekend . Awesome...

Strenuous hike but the views worth it

Beautiful hike ask most are in Utah. We loved this national park and hike. Here is the video on my hike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_MxeHsnnoo

This and Angels Landing are the only two trails I have ever quit on. I do not recommend anybody attempt it in the clockwise direction unless they have shoes with a very good grips, and a tenacity of will to match. The views were beautiful, especially partition arch.

My partner and I started the loop counterclockwise at sunrise around 7:20am. The entire trail took us just about 5 hours total including a stop for breakfast and lots of picture breaks. Mind you, we are from Seattle and are fairly avid hikers who are used to lots of backpacking and steep trails.

The primitive section of the trail is definitely the hardest, with the trail often zig zagging through narrow canyons with switchbacks that could be tricky to spot along the rocks. We did get off trail slightly and bouldered up one incorrect pathway, but luckily we had the map download and GPS to help us get back on the trail.

It was easier for us to take the counterclockwise path, as scrambling up the rocks was more controlled than coming the opposite direction and sliding down the slippery faces. However, the counterclockwise trail meant reading signs in the opposite directions, and cairns were sometimes tricky to find.

Overall we LOVED doing the whole loop, including our adventures while searching for the trail. All 7 arches and Dark Angel are worth the effort as long as you are prepared with lots of water, sunscreen, snacks, good boots, and access to a detailed map and GPS.

hiking
20 days ago

Did this hike last week it’s beautiful and not to challenging. We did It closer to evening and there were tons of people at the arch. It was almost impossible to get a photo without someone standing with their arms up under the arch.. recommend going in early hours to avoid the crowds. Would have loved to see the sunrise here but it just didn’t work out for us this time.

21 days ago

Do NOT miss an opportunity to hike this trail! It’s a total mind-bender and we both agreed it was the coolest hike we’ve ever done. Took us 3 hrs with a few intentional off-trail explorations (and one or two not so intentional ones, but we never got to far off track.) Start off reasonably early and go counter-clockwise. Bring a lunch - there’s a lot of cool spots to just hang out for a bit.

21 days ago

I did this hike twice in 24 hours, once at sunset and again starting before sunrise. I prefer the sunrise with less people willing to get up at 4 am to start hiking. Got kind of freaked out losing the trail up the slick rock in the pitch dark, but that's why I use this app and a headlamp. Enjoy the stars if you night hike! I'd recommend doing it at least once in the daylight before you attempt in the dark, the trail is deceiving in the darkness.

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