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This is amazing! The bridge is massive! I could have spent all day exploring!

We took our eight kids on this hike and had a great time. The kids loved playing hide and seek in the rock formations. Highly recommended.

Amazing area!!

Started at the creek crossing in a Nissan Pathfinder 4 wd, but didn't need 4 wd. First half is rougher than the second half, which is pretty smooth and a fairly good clip can be maintained. Clear skies, and only saw one other vehicle (Subaru Wagon) on the back half. Roughest section is about a mile or two each direction from the Cathedral Valley Campground.

off road driving
2 months ago

Drove this in early November. I came in from the north along BLM route 920/1 from I-70 and camped on BLM land just east of Temple of The Sun. Vehicle was Jeep Grand Cherokee with 33" BFG KO2 and 2" lift.

Most of the route is pretty easy and could be complete with a stock GC with good tires. There were some stretches of the road that turned into 8" deep gravel mud trenches from melting snow coming off the mountains. The northern half of the loop coming in from Caineville wash was the easiest part. I saw a couple stock Subaru Outbacks in that area that seemed fine. The southern part of the loop from the Fremont river to the campground switchbacks was sprinkled with more challenging stuff.

There are numerous hiking trails along the way that allow you to explore mover of the South Desert and Cathedral Valley. Enough to help break up the drive and allow you to stretch your legs. If you are looking for more of a challenging drive there are a bunch of old mining/BLM routes along the way to push the limits of your vehicle.

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

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

hiking
2 months 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).

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

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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

around every bend something new to see.

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.

i gave this 5 for people with any age kids or teens. being able to mess around in the cold water whenever you want is perfect!!

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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

off road driving
3 months ago

Wow. Just wow.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful short hike. The trail guide is well done, and worth the 50 cent donation to the park. Super informative. The bridge kind of hides itself against the cliffs until it suddenly doesn't. Worth doing for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

The first Part was hard but the views on top where very great and than it was easy. We liked it and would do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

great hike, even in 90 degree noon sun. moderate traffic. best done in morning. easy to follow and lots of variety. be prepared for lots of stairs during this hike of 130m elevation. bring water! gave one of my water bottles to a gent who didn't have any stone he looked like he was about to crumble.

enjoyed the hike and views.

a nice hike. the juice may not be worth the squeeze. pretty views

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.

Beautiful

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