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11 days ago

Easy and very beautiful!

Fantastic hike through Cohab Canyon. Great views over Fruita valley from the beginning, and of course from the lookout points. Fun spots to scramble on or sit in the shade. Not too crowded. Favorite hike in Capitol Reef NP.

Great hike! Recommend going early, I started up at 6:30am and had the trail to myself. It’s definitely “moderate” with a steep incline the first half mile. Not the best marked trail so keep an eye out for markers. The view of the arch at sunrise is amazing.

hiking
22 days ago

Wonderful. The climb at the start of the hike really got the blood pumping

Hiked July 10th. We went early to get ahead of the heat (lesson learned in Zion). This was our "recovery hike" as it wasn't too strenuous nor too long. We only hiked to the top of the arch and skipped any rappels. Like many reviews, I think the "easy" rating might be a bit misleading. Great views from the top and worth the couple hours invested.

Must do!!

on Cassidy Arch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't do the rappels this is an easy, well marked trail that is great for all the family. And a view of the arch from above is unique. My nephews did the rappel route and they loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great place to watch the colors change over the canyon and see the colors come to life at sunset. Make sure you walk around Panorama Point first and then drive up to Sunset Point. The hike out is leisurely, but it does get crowded. The best time is to be there an hour before sunset and make sure you stay until it actually gets dark. If there are clouds, the sky will illuminate once the sun has moved out of sight. Bring a trail chair, water, and a snack for a great end to the day.

1 month ago

cool hidden arch. Idk if this trail was easy though...

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. Definitely budget time to do this!

hiking
2 months ago

awesome, fairly quick hike with beautiful, fun terrain along the way and an awesome payout at the end. More moderate/strenuous than easy. Hardly anyone on the trail. Have to do a bit of easter egg hunting for the trail markers, but that’s always fun :) Highly recommend.

Very cool to do with small kids

This hike was alright, but definitely not a hike I would consider to even be moderate. The only difficult thing about this hike is the heat and the constant sun. Hiked this on June 6th and it was 92 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky. The history markers were probably the best part. I was personally really looking forward to the water tanks but they were all dried out which was really disappointing.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was awesome. Tough for my parents who don't hike much, but I had no problems. We started at the parking lots by the campgrounds and made the initial tough ascent, but once you turn the corner and enter the canyon it becomes magical. I would recommend this for anyone. Just don't let the first hill scare you! We continued on to Hickman Bridge and altogether it took about 4 hours with frequent stops for my parents to rest.

AMAZING!!!! This trail is so fun! The views and feeling of it were unbeatable. We did the slot canyons right off of the trail, and made lasting memories. I would recommend this trail to anyone and everyone.

Awesome trail.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail starting from the Hickman Bridge parking lot. Across the street you start out on the Cohab Canyon trail (sign may be blocked by vehicles parked on the road) and go about 3/4 of a mile to the interesection with the Frying Pan trail (sign marks the intersection). There are bathrooms available in the parking lot.

From this direction, most of the hike was uphill, but that just makes the return hike easier! Once you pick up the Frying Pan Trail, be sure to look for cairns marking the way. The views on this hike were amazing! Just beautiful! We passed some other hikers, but not too many. So you can have a nice peaceful hike and enjoy the beauty and scerenity.

hiking
3 months ago

First bit is a little steep, but nothing unmanageable and gorgeous views from the very beginning. There don't seem to be markers for this trail past the entrance but the path is obvious. We took the turnoff toward the campground but then split off to go back up toward the south and north overlooks which are well worth the adventure. Very windy, make sure you keep an eye out for cairns - you can go fairly far out on the overlook as long as you know where to step.

Arrived around noon and it took an hour and half, didn't run in to too many people even thought it was a gorgeous day.

This trail should be rated as moderate not easy..The trail is not easily marked, so make sure to watch out for the piled rocks marking the pathway. Definitely worth seeing as the arch is breathtaking!

We loved this trail, for the geological differences from the other trails we did at Capital Reef. The first quarter mile is steep, but offers immediate panorama of the historic Fruita district. Then you get into boulders, then a wash before coming to the North and South Overlooks into the valley. Trail is well-marked by cairns along slickrock sections.

It was a fun primitive style trail with plenty of stacked rocks as markers. We got some great pictures and got to watch some people repel down by the arch.

hiking
3 months ago

A very enjoyable hike starting out as a ramble along the Fremont River and orchards and then climbing up to a beautiful view of the fold and Fruita.

great hike and amazing views

With 600+ feet of rocky elevation in less than 1 mile, I don’t think this hike would be ranked as “easy.” The park itself classified the hike as “strenuous,” but it is probably more of a heavy moderate. We did it with 2 13 year olds who motores up with no problem. Saw many younger kids as well. Also - in the scheme of heavily travelled trails that I have seen this spring break week in 3 national parks - this wasn’t as busy as most. The views were nice and this hike allows you to see an arch from on top of it. Pretty cool

This trail should be listed as moderate difficulty, but has amazing views and a grand finish at the arch. There are beautiful junipers and rock formations so take your time and look around. This app says there is no shade which is not true in the late afternoon. Wear boots with ankle support and carry plenty of water, enjoy lunch or a snack at the arch before heading down.

walking
6 months ago

Really easy trail - the only dog friendly one at the park. I went here in February, the temperature was in the 40s, but was warm in the sun. Because it was off-season it wasn't crowded - in fact I was the only one there (on the trail).

The park is beautiful - worth seeing. I wish I had camped out there or got a cabin and did some more trails.

hiking
6 months ago

An unforgettable hike.

7 months ago

Great little hike to a cool bridge arch. Got some great photos standing on the arch with the sunset in the background. From the trailhead, the first stretch is a steep incline with a rocky trail. The rest of the hike levels out and is pretty easy. Came here in the off season and we were the only ones on the trail which was pretty awesome. Took about 2 hours round trip with plenty of stops for photos.

walking
7 months ago

Cool views of the park! We did not go here at sunset, but still enjoyed looking from this viewpoint.

Great wiews, good hike combined with Grand Wash.
Start / End at 24 where we parked the car.

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