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

trail running
2 months ago

Did this finishing just before sunset and the views from the Knob were spectacular and better than the first viewpoint, although both are indeed great.

A fairly short/compact trail, this still packs in the sights, and it was nice to look over and see the Capitol Gorge trail from earlier in the day (nowhere near as good as this!).

Finished this up and down in 2h40 with two bars and no water. A few sips for getting down would have been nice, but the weather was not hot at all.

2 months ago

Incredible views. Lots of cairns to follow. Check out the view of Hickman Bridge on the way.

hiking
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

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.

Very neat hike, beautiful views the whole time!

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

Quiet and peaceful on this Wednesday afternoon.

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 really enjoyed this trail. Very few people. Lots of interesting rock formations. Trail has a decent climb and plenty of tricky steps. For strong hikers, no problem. Some exposed cliff edges, but not scary.

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

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning views and good reward for the effort. I would not do this hike in hot weather though.

Great hike. Worth doing!

hiking
3 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.

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.

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.

If you like having a trail all to yourself this is one of the best ones in the park. It is unique in that you are outside of waterpocket fold looking at it rather than in it or on top which makes for some great panoramic views. It also has absolutely gorgeous views of the Henry mountains. That alone is worth the hike in my opinion. There is also a great viewpoint at the top of the loop that is great for photos. The trail climbs continuously for the first half of the loop but I think it’s definitely on the lower end of strenuous. It can be rocky in places and the trail can be difficult to follow at times so keep your eyes out for cairns.

hiking
3 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.

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

The views on this hike are spectacular! The Rim Overlook is breathtaking. Once you get over another ridge and find The Castle it is absolutely stunning as well. Would definitely recommend this hike. I went in October so it was not that hot. However the hike has little to no shade, so go early or at a cooler time of the year. The only thing that makes this hike hard is the length. The incline is not bad.

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.

walking
3 months ago

The first overlook is stunning, with sheer cliffs that overlook the main road and let you gaze down the waterpocket fold. The view from the knobs gives a different view, not quite as stunning, but very worth it. I would rate this trail as moderate. Besides the heat, it is not very difficult.

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