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Well worth the effort! Fantastic views and surprised at every turn.

Great trail

Part of it is part of the moab marathon. Easy to run, and nice views.

A nice little hike that includes all major arches. I suppose this is THE thing to do in arches NP. It wasn't always clear to me where the trail was, but nothing dramatic. There are a lot of people if you don't go too early, so it shouldn't be a problem.

off road driving
3 days ago

This is a great off road trail. We made this trip three times. Once in a Hummer H3 and twice in an Arctic Cat Wildcat. All the vehicles made the journey with ease. Make sure to bring plenty of water (in the summer time especially) as it gets extremely hot and there is nowhere to rehydrate in this area.

hiking
7 days ago

Let me start off by saying that the scenery is absolutely beautiful: the water is clear, the turning aspens against the red cliffs are stunning. I only hiked 1.5 miles in because this trail is blatantly abused. The heavily trafficked trail with just-as-heavily trafficked off-shoots makes this trail crazy hard to follow. The effort by BLM is there (they have some postings on where the trail is supposed to lead you to), but I accidentally veered off trail so many times that I unintentionally was part of the problem. And the graffiti on the walls of the cliffs make me sick. And when I saw dog poop, a shoe, and a beer can in the same vicinity of the first waterfall, I decided I couldn’t continue further. This place is in dire need of restoration so when people post how fun it was to explore, what they’re really saying is that they had fun going off trail and stomping over the land not part of the trail (whether it be intentional or not). What a shame.

on Mill Creek Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great easy hike with pictographs along the way to a beautiful swimming hole. Water is best in summer months but the hike is great year round.

Best hike close to town. Awesome for off leash dogs. Great for hot weather because you cross the creek multiple times, ends at really nice waterfall. Leave no trace!

Beautiful and diverse scenery. Highly recommend for the adventurous traveler!

This is a beautiful hike, especially in Fall. Some crossings are required so get your feet wet, and enjoy!

Moderate at most for avid hikers. Could be difficult at times for weekend hikers. Don’t let the difficult rating deter you. There are only a couple spots where you have to either climb or descend some slightly slippery rock faces. I did it counter clock wise in tennis shoes in about 2.5 hours. I wouldn’t say one direction is easier than the other. Beautiful and rewarding views!

off road driving
16 days ago

This trail was amazing to crawl around on with a UTV. It was pretty challenging with many steep uphill and downhill slopes. Highly recommend with off road vehicle

Definitely a challenging hike! We did it clockwise - the first half (up to the double O arch) was well-marked, well-traveled, and not too tough. The second half, the primitive trail, had some very, very challenging parts, mainly a tiny ledge with sketchy hand holds. A LOT of people turned back there. Just know it exists, and be ready for it. There are no major arches on the primitive trail, but the winding canyon is really beautiful; it was worth doing for us (ages 62, 53, 26, 24). Pack in a lot of water - I packed in 2 liters on a fairly cold day and I was shocked I went through all of it.

This and Angels Landing are the only two trails I have ever quit on. I do not recommend anybody attempt it in the clockwise direction unless they have shoes with a very good grips, and a tenacity of will to match. The views were beautiful, especially partition arch.

My partner and I started the loop counterclockwise at sunrise around 7:20am. The entire trail took us just about 5 hours total including a stop for breakfast and lots of picture breaks. Mind you, we are from Seattle and are fairly avid hikers who are used to lots of backpacking and steep trails.

The primitive section of the trail is definitely the hardest, with the trail often zig zagging through narrow canyons with switchbacks that could be tricky to spot along the rocks. We did get off trail slightly and bouldered up one incorrect pathway, but luckily we had the map download and GPS to help us get back on the trail.

It was easier for us to take the counterclockwise path, as scrambling up the rocks was more controlled than coming the opposite direction and sliding down the slippery faces. However, the counterclockwise trail meant reading signs in the opposite directions, and cairns were sometimes tricky to find.

Overall we LOVED doing the whole loop, including our adventures while searching for the trail. All 7 arches and Dark Angel are worth the effort as long as you are prepared with lots of water, sunscreen, snacks, good boots, and access to a detailed map and GPS.

20 days ago

Do NOT miss an opportunity to hike this trail! It’s a total mind-bender and we both agreed it was the coolest hike we’ve ever done. Took us 3 hrs with a few intentional off-trail explorations (and one or two not so intentional ones, but we never got to far off track.) Start off reasonably early and go counter-clockwise. Bring a lunch - there’s a lot of cool spots to just hang out for a bit.

I would highly recommend doing this loop counter-clockwise, it seemed to be easier going up the difficult rock faces rather than down. Beautiful, fun, and rewarding all the same.

off road driving
21 days ago

This was a great trail! Just enough challenging spots with breaks between to relax. You’ll definitely see lots of sky-only climbs and ground-only views. The fins are definitely fun! The views are spectacular. Highly recommended- mostly easy-moderate with plenty of challenging evolutions!

pretty epic trail, lots of physical parts to navigate which always makes it fun.......signs are scarce especially leaving Double O Arch to the park entrance......lots of footprints in all directions which makes for some "this or that way" moments, but so worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

Our favorite hike in Arches. Need a permit. We felt like we had the place to ourselves!!! Lots of dead ends. Know your way. Beautiful views, hiking on fins and narrow passages. Loved this!!!

Great trail!

One of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done but very worth it, and I would 100% do it again with the knowledge I have now.

After landscape arch you should have hiking boots to get through the first scramble area but it’s not going to be impossible without them. Getting to the double O, be aware you will be walking on two fins that are relatively flat but have steep drop offs, so be comfortable with that.
By far the MOST DIFFICULT area is about 3/4 way (clockwise) when you must scramble and really need to sit down and slide to get down a rock wall to make it to the rest of the trail. If you aren’t careful you could seriously injure yourself. Short nails and sturdy hiking boots are a MUST for a safe hike down.

Lastly, the primitive trail (as noted) is confusing and easy to stray from, so having a downloaded map via this app is very helpful.
P.S: Dark Angel was not worth the extra 0.5 for the sight itself, but it’s a nice addition to the entire hike.

Worth the effort and time, saw all 7 arches and got some great lighting. Wear boots, have a map and cut your nails.

Wonderful trail and we did all of the arches. But coming down the Primitive Trail in a clockwise direction we hit two rock obstacles. We slid down the first but could not manage the 2nd one and so turned around as did many others. Be aware if you plan to do this that rock climbing skills would be useful

By far my favorite hike. In the world. The terrain is always changing and it's so fun to find all the arches. The trail is hard to determine at points but look for the cairns and worn paths on the rock and you should be able to figure it out. There is some climbing involved. Absolutely beautiful trail though. Go early and pack enough water.

If you do the small trails off the loop the mileage will be more. We went clockwise and encountered a tough spot 3/4 of the way. A rope would make that easier for less agile folks. We had a great hike and loved it.

hiking
28 days ago

I loved hiking this trail. There are multiple creek crossings which make it really dynamic and fun. We made it to the cave, but I believe it goes a bit further than that. Totally worth it !

I did the primitive trail loop counter clockwise. Fantastic hike, go in the early morning to get the best light for pictures. Or sunset for Double O Arch from what I heard.

Amazing scenery! Unique views the whole way.

Beautiful hike, for most of it I felt like we were on a nice stroll but then we came to a steep cliff that everyone was shuffling across/down. You definitely need grippy hiking boots or shoes. We have hiked around most of this country in sneakers from Target and have never once had an issue. This is the first time we truly felt we needed hiking boots. The rocks were so slippery. A woman mentioned it might have been from the recent rain. A wonderful man helped me down and a couple other guys helped us both. We ended up going down barefoot bc our sneakers had no grip. We did the full loop. This cliff was part of the primitive trail. Great hike - wear proper shoes.

Fiery Furnace is a playground for adults! There are plenty of spots to squeeze through, scramble over, crawl under and just be amazed by the geography.

We hiked the counter clockwise route, and even with the arrows provided by NPS as a guide, you really need to pay attention and think you're way through. Definitely not a place where you can just wander without paying attention. We got off track twice, which led to more exploration as we reconnoitered options.

The limited number of back country passes issued each day make this hike even more enjoyable since you will probably not encounter more than a few folks.

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