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2 months ago

Excellent hike with great features along the way and great end point. A bit of a climb in the beginning but not bad. Good for kids too

Very neat hike, beautiful views the whole time!

So steep to start! Beautiful textures in the canyon, and the overlooks are great.

Uneven but easy walk to both points. You get the colors of sunset and the sunlight on the cliffs behind you.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular late October day. Low sixties. Perfect for this hike. The variety is incredible, ascending and descending through different layers multiple times.
Be sure to see Cassidy Arch. It's worth the side trip.

Amazing hike with breathtaking views and incredible drop offs. The arch itself is incredible and captivating. Loved watching people repel down the arch. Hope to do so myself someday

Great hike. Worth doing!

The Goosenecks was perfect for sunset! Amazing views all around. Then to Panorama Point to watch the sky change colors over all the rock, it was beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Our favorite hike during our day at Capitol Reef! The trailhead parking lot was full but most people seemed to be on the Grand Wash trail. Definitely take water, it was full sun most of way. Amazing views! We earned our pie from the Gifford House on this one!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. We went earlier in the morning and there weren’t too many people on the trail. This was one of my favorite hikes at Capitol Reef.

One of my favorite hikes I’ve done so far. It gets a bit confusing (trail marker wise) towards the viewpoint but cairns were helpful. Can be slick in any conditions due to steepness, rocks or moisture so grippy shoes are a good idea. Take water if you decide to the Grand Wash combo trail as we did.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing trail! I would recommend starting from the Scenic Drive side. There’s parking in the dirt lot across from the barn. The first part is steep but it gets more level. The canyon is amazing! It’s red and white striped sandstone covered in waterpockets. There are lots of spurs into the cracks between the rocks. The south and north fruita overlooks are well worth the trek up the switchbacks. You can also connect to the Hickman Bridge trail across the 24. I did that trail yesterday so I didn’t connect to it today.

I drove up the gravel road. It’s fine for low clearance cars if you drive slow on the bumps and rocks. It’s much shorter. The Goosenecks Trail goes a little further than you’d think and ends at a fenced in overlook on the edge of the cliff. Sunset is a nice walk to a beautiful view.

Decently interesting hike and then the arch at the end is incredible.

wonderful hike

My favorite way to do this trail is start at grand wash, and come up through Cohab. Ending up at the campground. Plan accordingly to have a way back to your vehicle. Such a nice hike

hiking
3 months ago

When we did this hike we only saw about 10 people on the trail. It was a good, moderate hike and so beautiful!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Wonderful views all around. Lots of people.

Easy and gorgeous with a full moon view

Gorgeous hike. The last 0.5 mile is hard to track, trail wise. Keep your eye out for cairns and you should find the way.

hiking
4 months ago

One of our favorite hikes during our recent trip to 7 Utah parks. Started from Great Wash at highway 24 so it was a full morning up and back. If starting from parking lot at arch trailhead it might be a 2 hour trip out and back, max. The Cassidy Arch portion is not too difficult, only the first portion is mildly strenuous. Reminder is a winding trail with some slip rock scrambling. Some fantastic canyon views and the arch itself is amazing. Trail had only a few small groups on it at mid morning. Much of trail is full sun exposure. Great trail and suitable for families as well. Lots of space at arch so a great place to hang out and have lunch or a snack.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful arch and great views. Well worth the hike. Very few people in the full parking lot went up Cassidy, most wandered down the wash. A little strenuous for some during the first mile climb but we had no issue and it was over 90 and sunny so very doable. Take the hike you’ll be happy you did

Loved it and the history! Highly recommend it

awesome hike with fantastic views.

easy. the views are okay. sunsets are great from the locations.

No traffic and incredible views. We started on the Cohsb Canyon trail at the Hickman Arch/Navajo Knobs Trailhead and hiked all the way to Cassidy Arch. About 9.5 miles round trip. The scenery was incredible. My favorite hike in Capitol Reef so far. Longer than some hikes, but worth it. I liked it better than Najaho Knobs, Cassidy Arch, Grand Wash, Capital Wash and Hickman Arch. Take at least 3-liters of water. There are many washes and slot canyons accessible about 1-mile into the trail from Cohab Canyon that are very inviting.

One of my favorite spot in Capitol Reef. Trail is a long staircase up to Cassidy Arch then quickly down. Heavy traffic is avoided early or late. Came down the trail in Moonlight and headlamps, which was epic. Saw kids from 8-yrs and older that still had energy after the hike. The kids were only hungry.

Nice variable terrain. The walk though the canyon was beautiful. Don’t skip the viewpoints, a little climb to get up there but great views. We started at the trailhead then crossed over 24 and linked the Hickman bridge trail. On the way back walked along the river/hwy 24. Made for a nice loop. Started a little before 8, very few people on the trail.

The walls of the canyon are so unique.

hiking
4 months ago

Views on the this hike are great. Started around 745am. I saw one big horned sheep and zero people! Fun taking the short, side hike to Hickman Bridge.

The best way to do this hike is one way. I started from the campground and ended at the Hickman Bridge parking lot. Hitched a ride back, which was only a few miles.

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