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Amazing hike. Superb views. The trail is marked really well. The elevation is not a problem either.

This was a great trail to take in all different kinds of scenery! The views from every turn were unreal. This is a great option if you spend just a day in Canyonlands.

hiking
26 days ago

Amazing day hike with a stunning view at the end.

hiking
26 days ago

Much of this trail is slogging through sand, but the amazing panoramas make it all worth it, and the mile of trail just south of the junction with squaw canyon is one of the best stretches in the Needles.

Hiked on March 22, 2018. This hike had a bit of everything! Gulches, a “meadow” (park), rock scrambling, hoo doos, slot canyons, and skies for days. So far, this is my favorite Southwest hike. If you’ve only got one day to spend on Canyonlands, this is a great place to spend it.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the coolest hikes I’ve ever done. Views are spectacular and the end is worth the miles and navigating up, over and around rocks!!! If you keep your eyes out for the stacked rock trail markers it’s not hard to stay on course. This is most definitely a hard hike though.

I started at Elephant hill and stayed overnight at Devils Pocket. This was my favorite campsite ever. So secluded and peaceful. If you’re looking to feel remote and alone, this is the spot. You have a beautiful scene all to yourself. I sat on a rock right in front of camp and watched the sunset. This was the quietest and most peaceful place. I highly recommend staying here and if you can, leave and head towards Chester park and the joint trail. I stayed at CP4 the next night and it was also amazing.

backpacking
1 month ago

Stayed at Chester Park 4 and it was an amazing campsite. Perfect views of the sunset. Trees and nice area to set tent under. A private cave behind the camp you can climb up in.

We hiked this trail on 13 February 2018 and loved it. The weather was comfortable and cool. We hiked it counter clockwise and that worked very well for us. We were the only ones on the trail, the entire time. The trail is easy to follow, it is well marked but you do have to pay attention to the markers all the time. It is very strenuous and rugged and involves a lot of scrambling and climbing. Great stunning views the entire time, so this trail never gets boring. A great workout with amazing scenery. Make sure to take plenty of water, no matter what time of year you go. Pick a cooler time to hike, preferably in the off season. Bring a lot of snacks and a sandwich. Pack more than you think because it can take you all day out there. The trail offers back country campsites for those who want to sleep out there and finish the next day.

hiking
2 months ago

Went today and barely any crowds. It's very similar to Devils playground in Arches. Super relaxing hike and definitely a hike to feel complete solitude. Also pretty strenuous. You'll be ready for bed afterwards. Follow markers carefully, had to backtrack a few times due to poor markers. Definitely my new favorite hike in all of Moab.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, not many people, lots of sand!

This is one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. We did the loop counter clockwise like recommend but the overall elevation isn’t bad. There were quite a few spots where you had to scrambled up and down rocks and squeeze through tight spaces but this made the trail so fun. 360° views the entire time. There are designated campsites along the way. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Went back in October. Easy terrain. Long hike. Scrambling for a very short time near the end. Keep an eye out for the trail, but mostly follows the dry riverbed. Worth every step. Amazing view of the arch at the end. Only saw a small handful of people, which was awesome. Nearly silent, with only the sounds of nature. Top notch.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this back for my birthday in the heat of late July 2017. Parked in elephant canyons and took EC to Druid. With the heat- it was an all day excursion (12.5 miles). Very brutal. BUT SO WORTH IT. Even with preparation and hydration, I still got pretty dehydrated. Not a lot of cover on the trail either. Bring a tarp if possible, if you do it in the heat.

The most amazing experience I have backcountry hiking to date. This will change your life.
Not very trafficked. Very desolate. And the views and colors will stun you. Get a permit and camp in EC the night before, if you want an even better experience.

*This is my Mecca Hike!*

Ps. I have more pictures and info on this and my other BackCountry hiking explorations on my IG- Colewurlddd

Wow what a hike.The Wild West meets Alice in Wonderland.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful! We loved the red rock formations. And the Joint Trail section with its narrow tunnels was so fun. The Park is a true hidden gem: a large green valley in the middle of a desert.
If you want to go counter-clockwise then pay close attention to the map and take the right exit. We missed it and ended up going clockwise. FWIW clockwise was fine too and we had no problems crossing the final rocky part as the overall elevation gain of the trail is quite forgiving.

4 months ago

Did this hike on Thanksgiving day. Gorgeous weather. Incredible views. The scramble towards the end was well worth it.

on Druid Arch Trail

5 months ago

Absolutely incredible scenery. I’m glad I saved this until the end of my week in Moab or it would have ruined all I saw in Arches NP! Druid Arch is And imposing site.

Beautiful hike on 11/22 - completed in 5hrs. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Echoing others who’ve recommended taking the loop counter-clockwise, this gets one of the rockier sections out of the way a little earlier in the hike.

Lovely trail - closer to 11 miles than 10 miles.

on Druid Arch Trail

hiking
5 months ago

The first 2 miles have the best scenery, and it is absolutely beyond awesome. After that you are kind of walking in a sandy wash for a couple of miles, and the scenery is still great, but it's a bit of a slog. I got a little confused when I hit the wash, but if you turn left along the wash you will come to a sign that makes it clear which way to Druid Arch. After you are in the wash for a couple of miles, the trail makes a hard left uphill and I got lost by not noticing that the cairns were leading up through a slot in the rocks. Looks like I am not the only one who missed that, as there were lots of other footprints leading to a dead end. The scramble up to the arch at the end is steep, but if you are like me, you won't notice the exertion because you will be preoccupied by the sense that you are going kill yourself trying to get down. The trail is not hard to follow, but pay attention to those cairns. This trail is in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, and it's a project just to get there, and then up the dirt road to the Elephant Hill trailhead, but it's definitely worth it.

on Druid Arch Trail

hiking
5 months ago

We started from a Elephant Hill Trail to Druid Arch and extended the hike by deviating into Squaw Flat Trail. Magnificent with breath taking views and overlooks. We followed the wash for much of the hike to Druid Arch. You will
put in some miles but the trail is well marked and not difficult. The climb to the viewpoint for Druid Arch can be a challenge with some rock scrambling. The hike through Squaw Flats was spectacular with ladder climbing and rim hiking. It had some challenging points. Water, good shoes, and sunscreen is recommended.

hiking
5 months ago

We only hiked a little over half of the trail since some members of our party had leg fatigue. What we hiked was spectacular with a rim hike, ladder descent, and varied terrain. I would definitely do this hike again and complete it! Take water and sunscreen.

hiking
5 months ago

What a hike! Continuously amazing views the whole way. Just breathtaking in a couple spots. We did it counterclockwise as recommended by Gabriella's review. Our hike was 12 miles, only 1200 feet elevation gain according to my Gaia maps recording, but we did an optional viewpoint that was a short worthwhile spur and we got off trail for a little bit near the end that may explain the extra distance. Because this is a cairn following hike, paying attention to the cairns is a good idea. :) There are signs along the way so you don't go off onto the Druid Arch trail or toward Elephant Hill CG area. Didn't see too many people, only 12 on the trail and 4 more off in the distance either camping or hiking, so you'll have the place to yourself, or so it will seem. The Joint trail section blew our minds and was so fun. It's a fantastic hike.

6 months ago

Fantastic hike even though we turned around at the view and Chesler Park because of time.

Amazing scenic trail

hiking
6 months ago

Probably the most insane landscape I've ever hiked in. The sights were amazing and the end of the hike was worth the effort. My only complaint is that it was very difficult to navigate. Wrong turns are easy and we ended up waking 14 miles instead of 11. When you hit the river bed, follow it until the cairns branch up and off to the left. Do not follow the EC2 branch as the map suggests. We met two other groups of hikers on the way back that made exactly the same wrong turn as us. Lots of water and sunscreen is important on this hike and you will be stepping in deep sand at points.

Great shorter hike in the Chesler Park area of The Needles. I only had less than half a day and this was perfect. Great views of the needles, harder on the way in than the way out (just the way the gradient is).

Beautiful views of the Needles and mushroom shaped rock formations.

backpacking
6 months ago

Well worth the effort! Be aware of some scrambling required on slick rock which was a little sketchy to my wife, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We camped at EC 2 for a night and hiked to Druid arch for a side trip. Amazing experience!

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