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hiking
4 hours ago

Short but sweet hike and wow! Evolving views all the way to the end. The bridge is impressive as are the rest of the geological features. We arrived early enough to avoid the heat and were happy for it. Not many on the trail by 8am.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a fairly strenuous trail. It gets confusing because hardly any of the trailheads are properly marked. I lost sight of the trail when I rounded the first goblin cliff. There’s a point where the trail splits and goes to the goblin valley and goes further around the cliff. To get to the Goblin Lair, you have climb down maybe 10 or 15 feet of rock. Be careful because everything is sandy and the desert floor is far below. Once you’re past, there are, I guess, dunes of crusted sand that will crumble if you’re not careful. There may be easier way to get to the lair by climbing down to the desert floor and just walking there. The lair is basically an amphitheater of goblins. It’s worth the exhaustion.

hiking
5 days ago

The bridge is amazing. The rocks along the trail are also featured.

10 days ago

Relatively easy and beautiful!

Stunning and not that hard. A great place to sit and rest and enjoy the views midway through - good picnic spot.

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.

I reccomend doing the loop. Its a moderate hike, but if you are already fatigued can feel like an eternity getting up to the bride. Someone left a toy buddy on a rock, gave me quite a laugh.

If traveling from Capitol Reef to Moab, I suggest this scenic route. Moderate scenic drive with lots of options to stop at viewpoints and stretch the legs a little.

It was too hot today to complete the whole hike. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the cavern, but we’ll definitely go back when it cools down a bit and we can enjoy hiking this trail without the harsh sun and heat. Regardless, Goblin valley is always a hit with our family!

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.

1 month ago

It was a fun trail! Sunny so best to do when it’s cooler.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a trail with a striking visual payoff once you reach the Hickman Bridge. I hiked it on a weekday at 5:30 pm 93 degrees and sunny. The beginning of the trail has the main elevation gain via several series of "stairs", wiggles, and structured inclines made of slick rock and dirt. This is not easy if you have cardiac issues, knee problems, balance issues, or are not used to the altitude. Once you reach the "top" you will hike across a completely exposed desert area until you reach the next series of wiggles down to the canyon floor. The views are really great here and you can spend time gazing at Capitol Dome and Pectols Pyramid. The trail continues through the sandy wash with trees and some shade. On the approach to the bridge you will be hiking on slick rock and climbing over other smaller rocks. I took the clockwise loop - it was not well marked and I ended up on a ledge with a sign that told me this was not the trail. Making my way back I wandered a bit and took a slight right and suddenly the Hickman Bridge appeared. You can continue under the bridge and pick up the trail again. Most of the trail will be hiking in a general direction with the path you choose as it is often across rocks and markers (such as 15) may be down. I suggest plenty of water, go later in the day so the canyon cools off for the return trip, bring trekking poles, and expect to spend more time on the hike due to the heat and exploring areas like the little natural arches.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and easy trail. We spend some time hanging out on the back side of the arch and watched the birds and the chipmunks. There isn't much shade on the trail so bring lots of water.

What a beautiful slot canyon! Went there at the beginning of June. Weather was 60’s when we started our hike at 8:00 AM. We went about 2 miles up LWH and were shaded for most of the hike. When we got back to the trailhead it was about 85 degrees. Took us about 3 1/2 hours with a few stops and a leisurely pace. Definitely want to do this one again and do the full loop. Although rumor is the bell side isn’t that spectacular.

1 month ago

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

My favorite slot canyon hike yet. Bell Canyon wasn't all that interesting. Little Wildhorse was amazing. The next time I do this hike, I'll just go up Little Wildhorse and turn around at the top. I'd rather see the amazingness of Little Wildhorse twice than drudge through Bell and the connector trail.

Be aware there is a lot exposure to the sun in parts of this hike. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

The cavern at the end is fantastic and the views along the way are well worth it.

Be aware this is a very very exposed, hot hike. Carry plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. Definitely budget time to do this!

We hiked this trail with nine 14-15 year old boys and they had a blast. Little Wild Horse was great and the loop back down through Bell was easy. Definitely recommend hiking it the direction we did; easier in the scramble parts to go up rather than down.

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.

This was so much fun. The trail is not well marked at the beginning. Go up the left side by the brown sign to get to the split point for Little Wild Horse and Bells. We had 2 tween/ teen girls and went in Little Wild Horse 2 mi and back out.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice out and back tail with some easy challenges. The prizes were the beautiful natural bridge at the end and the nice cool river to soak your feet in back at the trailhead. The moderate climb from the river was enough to get your heart pumping but it was relatively easygoing from there, minus a few scrambles around boulders at the pinnacle. We sat our pack chairs in the Fremont River near the trailhead and had a picnic, complete with a great local heffenweizen, when we returned. It was one of my favorite hikes in the area!

trail running
2 months ago

It was a challenge for me. I went backpacking for a weekend and it was hard but worth it. I was amazed with the many different views sand.. The weather changed from sun to cloudy, rain, and sunny again. At night the sky was covered with stars. Take a lot of water or a filter.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall a great trip. But the “creeks” on the second half of the trip are small standing water pools. They are very dirty and clogged our filters. We went a full day without water because of that.

Once you get into Death Hallow it’s almost impossible to avoid the poison ivy except to walk through the river. It’s enjoyable, but very slow going in there. The water gets mid-thigh for an average hight guy and about to hips for an average girl. Probably a good idea to water proof your packs incase you fall while hiking through it. And again, leaving death hallow is the last time you have flowing water, so fill up!

There is a TON of elevation change through the entire trail, and the ups and down into the “creeks” are intense! It’s definitely not an easy hike. But lots of changes of scenery and beautiful views.

Excellent, beautiful hike and a great introduction to non-technical slot canyons. We were two adults with a 40 pound dog and consumed about 1.5 gallons of water on a hot, late May day. We started at 8 am and finished around 1 pm, with stops for snacks and lunch. We went up LWH, which was a fun and beautiful slot canyon, and down Bells. The middle part was more open and definitely exposed to the sun, so keep that in mind for water and sunscreen rations.

This was such a fun trail! We did the entire loop with our 6 & 8 year old, and they were just fine. Some water in LWH, but it was only about 2 ft deep. Not too strenuous. More like a long walk. We loved the canyon stretches best. More to climb on.

hiking
2 months ago

The kids loved this trail! Especially the scrambling required to get down into the "lair". The cavern is beautiful mid-day with the light shining through!

Awesome trail.

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