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hiking
10 hours ago

Probably the best hike (this and the loop in the north part with several arches). This is a clasic and a must-hike./walk

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.

This was a good, well trafficked hike. We completed this hike in early August and it was very hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

hiking
4 days ago

More moderate than hard - I’m carrying a fair bit of excess baggage and found this walk ok - defo 5 stars

on Broken Arch Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Great short hike for anyone. The arch is amazing, check it out. We took our 2 year old after visiting nearby Sand Dune arch (easy walk from this one).

Absolutely amazing views from the arch! Take plenty of water. It was cloudy and 55 degrees and I still went through two bottles. I went early in the morning and was at the arch by 9. There were tons of people heading up on my way back down, so I recommend going early. Well worth the hike. This one is a must do!

hiking
9 days ago

We went with our young kids in 65-70 degree weather. Perfect! The trail is awesome, with some parts like they were lifted from the set of an old western. Before going, we had our kids practice walking single file along an imaginary cliff edge. I'm glad we did for the last stretch by the drop off, because our usually rambunctious kids were well-behaved. The arch is amazing to see, but it's not the most kid-friendly point with drop offs all around. We stayed for about two minutes then turned back.

We went at sunset, and that might be overrated. I'm not sure it was different than any other time of day.

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!

hiking
15 days ago

Group of fairly fit 60-somethings made it up no problem. Great scenery on the way as well as the top. Lots of friendly weekend folks. Just one of multiple trails in Arches Nat’l Park.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike. Did it not long after sunrise, had a quick lunch at the bottom and took our time going back.

Nice, moderate hike with huge pay-off. This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, but the trail is generally so wide that it didn’t really feel crowded until we got up to the area around there arch. Even then, we were all able to get solo pictures with the arch without much waiting. Went in the fall right at golden hour, the lighting was beautiful and the arch is really special.

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.

Hiked with my 9 months old on my back and 6 years old boy last weekend . Awesome...

Strenuous hike but the views worth it

Beautiful hike ask most are in Utah. We loved this national park and hike. Here is the video on my hike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_MxeHsnnoo

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.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike last week it’s beautiful and not to challenging. We did It closer to evening and there were tons of people at the arch. It was almost impossible to get a photo without someone standing with their arms up under the arch.. recommend going in early hours to avoid the crowds. Would have loved to see the sunrise here but it just didn’t work out for us this time.

19 days ago

I did this hike twice in 24 hours, once at sunset and again starting before sunrise. I prefer the sunrise with less people willing to get up at 4 am to start hiking. Got kind of freaked out losing the trail up the slick rock in the pitch dark, but that's why I use this app and a headlamp. Enjoy the stars if you night hike! I'd recommend doing it at least once in the daylight before you attempt in the dark, the trail is deceiving in the darkness.

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.

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.

on Delicate Arch Trail

25 days ago

This hike is well worth it when you get to the top but NOT an easy hike. Uphill much of the way but just take your time.

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
25 days ago

Steep incline for about 1/3 the round trip hike, flat 1/3 and steady decline for 1/3. I used poles which was helpful, but not necessary. I had already done 10 miles today and was reluctant to hike another 3 but boy...so worth it. We luckily and totally by chance ended up at the arch five minutes or so before sunset and the arch literally GLOWED. I almost cried because it was just so insanely beautiful...if you don’t do any other somewhat difficult trails in the park, do this one.

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.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike with amazing views at the end! I would say this is a strenuous hike due to the extreme incline hiking on sandstone for about 1/4-1/2 of a mile. There are some steep ledges towards the end of the hike so if you are scared of heights I’d hug the wall on this portion.

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.

Because it’s just before devils garden I feel that people skip over it, but I hiked this trail during the golden hour and everything was glowing while you walked across the flat and the views through the arch on all sides were amazing. Nothing terribly difficult but the trail continuing to tapestry arch is not marked vey well.

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