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Very neat hike, beautiful views the whole time!

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

Love this trail and a great payoff at the end!

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

This was a very nice 3 hour walk up and back. The canyon walls are very impressive. Very flat and a good walk for our sore legs

18 days ago

We hiked this after a long car ride to the park looking to stretch our legs but not a long hike , this trail was perfect for that beautiful canyon and arch is very cool

I did this at the tail end of Cohab/Frying Pan trail. It was hard not to compare. The stone walls are magnificent on tis trail, but variety is limited compared to the vistas on the Frying Pan and Cassidy Arch trails.
I ended at Hwy 24 and hitched back to my car at the start of Cohab canyon.
Total loo of 7.5 miles (excluding ride back to car).

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

Nice moderate hike with beautiful landscapes of all types around every bend! Simply breathtaking

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.

22 days 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!

24 days 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.

Pretty cool trail, quick and easy. The bridge is lovely. Worth it if you have an extra hour or two.

Easy as pie hike, flat ground until you reach Cassidy Arch trailhead. We did the combo GW and Cass. Arch, which was a great 1/2 day hike for us including breaks.

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.

24 days 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.

25 days ago

This was a beautiful panoramic view of the park.

This was a fairly easy 2-mile trail that ends at an amazing natural bridge. I would rate it 5 stars if there weren’t so many children running around and shouting.

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

around every bend something new to see.

wonderful hike

Fairly straightforward trail leading to the arch - which is AMAZING. Definitely worth doing. Fairly steady path throughout, with a few good overlooks into the valley too.

9/28/18 - Having driven past this trailhead many times, I was under the impression that it was a short jaunt to see the base of Chimney Rock. It’s quite a bit more than that. The trail guide at the trailhead shows the elevation profile and also describes the trail as strenuous. For a big man who doesn’t get out as much as I used to, I’d agree with that assessment. I took the right fork at the first trail junction, and that results in the most consecutive climbing, and I prefer it that way. The rest of the trail was a gentle saunter by comparison. There are no close-up views of chimney rock, and most of them are either straight-on or even above the feature. This trail isn’t really about Chimney Rock, then. It’s about views of the eastern side of the Waterpocket Fold. There’s a great variety of color in the rocks and soil, as in much of the park. I went before noon, and there are some shady spots on the northern half of the loop just before the Spring Canyon junction. Definitely bring more water than you think you might need, especially from April-September.

1 month ago

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

A good hike. The view is really good. Lots of people though make it difficult for pictures.

1 month ago

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

A climb at first but the views along the way and at the top are great.

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