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hiking
12 hours ago

Nice hike. I left my snowshoes in the car, but packed some crampons. The steep part of the trail (first quarter mile) was nicely packed, and I only used my crampons for one short steep section on the way down. that said, the flatter portions, particularly near the lake, were doable, but tough going with quite a bit of sinking in a few spots. If you have lightweight snowshoes, I recommend packing them up the hill and putting them on once things level out.

hiking
7 days ago

Loved this hike. Views of the valley, tree's, tree's and more tree's then opening, then tree's then the gorgeous lake. Trail was packed down pretty well until the last half mile or so. Then snowshoes would be helpful but we didn't use them. A sled would have been helpful on the way down as well.

Just finished this hike. If your looking for a way out of the inversion soup, this is a great little hike to get above it. The trail is hard pack snow, making it a really nice, smooth hike. It’s actually a more comfortable hike than in summer in my opinion. With micro spikes and poles you’ll have zero problems on this trail. Beautiful, sunny warm skies up there above the smog. It’s well worth it!!

We hiked this yesterday in a light snow. It’s a quick hike, although the path is quite steep and the snow cover makes it a bit slippery. The forest is gorgeous to walk through. I want to return on a clear day in the summer to see the lake and the view.

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great trail to hike. The first part does get steep, but the views are well worth it. I've done this in early summer and late fall, and both times have been great, though early summer was a little swampy.

Great hike! Bring those spikes!

Just got down. Only spikes used, some areas I wish I had poles but overall doable without, at this time. Thanks to the postholers, everything is mostly compact. Great hike.

snowshoeing
15 days ago

Hiked on 1/5/19, most area are covered with packed snow, but last 1/4 will definitely need snowshoe.

I hiked this trail five days ago before the snow hit Arches. It was lovely. I took primitive trail around to the dark angel and then back on the main trail. Definitely need to follow the cairns and keep an eye out for them but even with that the travel was pretty well marked. It was a moderately challenging walk, relatively flat with a few climbs here and there. Very enjoyable and nice way to see a lot of Arches.

Beautiful hike this morning. Only used spikes. Did some post holing about the last half mile.

Great hike, at times following the trail on the slick rock was challenging but very few people had no one at Navajo and only a couple of people at Double Arch. Temp was 18 degrees at 8:30 am when I started well worth the hike

Great hike, great views. I would say its even better to do this hike in the winter on a nice day...just really beautiful from top to bottom with the snow. Microspikes are the way to go. If you're not running up or down the trail I would say you could knock this out 2/1/2 - 3 hrs of actual hiking time if you're in moderate shape. If you do run down it takes about 35-45 mins with some stretches of walking.

snowshoeing
25 days ago

Magnificent views, deep powder, and beautiful forests.

One of the best hikes! Did this on Dec. 25. Trail was icy. It was icy and very slippery near Double O arch. So bring some traction control with you if you are doing it in winters. You will not regret the additional weights of it when approaching Double O. It took us almost 6 hours to finish it. But again, we took a lot of breaks to take photographs. Also, the hike definitely seemed more than 7 miles. My fitbit, by the end of the hike, showed we had walked 9 miles. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you want to beat the winter crowds, start early around 7-8am and a minimum of 2 liters of water even in winter.

snowshoeing
26 days ago

Fun, short hike on Christmas afternoon. Very peaceful—we only saw 2 other small groups (and one was as we were just finishing up). The first 1/4 mile is pretty steep! I hiked without snowshoes because the trail was packed enough, but the incline did get slippery. Spikes or crampons probably would have been ideal. In the snow, the incline might be a little tricky for young kids. The mountain was beautiful and the hike was in the sun the entire time. No need for snow pants or snow jackets—just a few warm layers! The lake is completely covered in snow, so the real showstopper was the view of the resorts on the other side of the road! No wildlife (this time) but a few bunny tracks.

Unbelievable hike. I took the primitive trail and had a hard time staying on the trail even with this app, and it involved more scrambling than I expected!

Trail is packed snow most of the time, wet dirt in many spots. Spikes are very helpful, especially at the steep parts near the top. Snowshoes would be overkill. It was a nice clear day which made for incredible views!

Went in via the primitive trail, made for a much more rewarding experience when you reach the arches. Bring 1.5 gallons of water per person, heat stroke is no joke. We left at 5 am mid July to beat the heat! Great sunrise - 10/10

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail this morning in boots on a solid snowpack. The trail was well defined after a plenty of hikers went through. It is steep in the first section, but short. It then opens up to a large flat area. Absolutely beautiful winter vistas and frozen Aspen groves.

hiking
1 month ago

Had to turn back because one of our group from Arizona started getting altitude sickness and asthma.

Super fun trail. Took the route of starting at the Primitive trail and ending with Devils Garden Main trail. Personally I found this to be nice because I went up the steep rock on primitive and not down it, which I was told many people turn around at that point. I will say though if going in the winter and planning on taking the same route, have ice spikes or chains. The Main Trail was icy around 2pm. The whole loop took me 4 hours and that includes stopping for lunch at Dark Angel and getting lost for about a half mile while looking for the Main Trail. Good hike all in all.

Hiked it this am. Had to park on the road since we started early (5:30am) and the gate was closed. It was cool in the predawn, but it warmed a bit as we left the creek and then again as the sun rose as we approached the summit at 6:30. Including a break at the summit to enjoy the view it was still under 2 hours round trip. A little steep in spots, but nothing technical or challenging. Under 90 minutes would've been possible if we'd run down.

Definitely recommend the hike. Had been 20+ years since I hiked it last but the rattle of the Aspen leaves and the smell of brush and wild flowers was very nostalgic. The view in every direction was fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike into the Pfeifforhorn Cirque area!

Got the opportunity to bust out the snowshoes!

Was very tempted to try for Pfeiff, but another day perhaps ...

:-) _/|\_

A nice trail with great views but waaay too busy. The trail is packed all the way so I really did not need the snowshoes.

Amazing. I am a teensy bit scared of heights, but easily made it over the double o fin with a bit of hand holding and a whole lottta confidence.

This is by far an impressive hike! The primitive loop is well worth it. Truly gorgeous.

On the Devils tour this week. Came in for the day and even tho we started the hike at 2:00 (a bit later than I planned) we finished up right before sunset and the light was magical.

Fun trail! Get there early to beat the crowds and use AllTrails if you go on the primitive trail because you will definitely get lost!

Incredible hike took our family about 4.5 hours today – the full loop including a few of the offshoots. It was moderate to a little scary at times but well worth the effort. It is the quintessential Arches national Park hike!

Beautiful hike. Steep at the beginning and the end but the midsection is mild. Views at the end were great. Trail is icy in spots so make sure you have proper footwear and/or poles. Trail was a little busier than I would have liked but worth it regardless. There is a $3 fee to access the canyon and dogs have to be leashed on even days.

hiking
2 months ago

I have probably done this trail 10 times. It is so easy for me to get to from my house and is the perfect distance if you only want to go out for 4 hours.

I used this trail as a training hike for a high-altitude hike in California, and it worked beautifully. I have done it in the warmth of summer and the light snow of late autumn to test my winter hiking gear.

This is a great into hike to the fabulous hikes of Little Cottonwood Canyon with amazing views and an awesome lake to have lunch at before heading back down.

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