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Pretty middle hike, some stairs but other then my that smooth. Beautiful views, must so you can see both sides of the canyon at the same time!

I must miss the ponit of why this is exciting geologically speaking.There is so much nicer places to hike around there.

It's impressive to see the road down there. Great view

A nice view overlooking the canyons. Easy hike

hiking
3 days ago

A classic. If your expectations aren't too high, then it's worth it!

I think this is my favorite. Of course, doing the whole circuit is worth it.

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.

Nice walk at a nice arch - lots of options to extend

hiking
12 days ago

Nice hike, especially if you have kids and want something that feels like a hike without being too difficult. Landscape arch is HUGE.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good trail with not much traffic if you go early morning. Couple of spots that may be difficult for those less mobile.

We went at the end of the day so we could catch the sunset through the arch. It was beautiful and most people had left by that time so we felt like we had it to ourselves. Just take a headlamp or flashlight so you can make it back safely. The trail is well marked. Loved this hike!

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.

Beautiful, well marked, lots of children and people of all ages. The Corona is amazing!

This is a lovely easy to moderate trail when you first enter Arches. We hiked it around 10 am when there was still plenty of shade from the canyon and met few people on the trail. It rained in the last week and our kids loved playing in the water left in little sandstone pools.

Great arches! Very crowded and lots of kids on Saturday, so a little hard to keep a steady pace. Worth the trip though! Takes only an hour, including stops.

28 days ago

great views!

hiking
28 days ago

Great views and an easy hike

Super easy, great views, no boots or poles required.

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.

hiking
29 days ago

Trail is easy as pie, no poles or even hiking boots required. Flat, quick out and back, lighting is best before noon for photos.

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

Lovely little walk to the landscape arch. This is also the trailhead for devil's garden primitive loop. This section is super accessible to anyone with a few slopes. Work the walk.

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.

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