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Fantastic trail! This was one of the highlights of our trip to Arches.

Definitely do the entire loop if possible. We actually found the primitive trail portion to be easier than the main trail because there was less time on the windy, exposed high rocks — also, the primitive trail is very well marked with cairns, so if you keep an eye out for those you won’t get lost.

Absolutely awesome hike. Glad we did the entire hike. We went counter-clockwise and we were glad we did. Not very many people on the primitive trail. Make sure you have good shoes with good grip because you do have to do some scrambling. The views were spectacular and going the direction we did, we were able to avoid a lot of the crowds.

Pretty views! Awesome place!

17 days ago

I've done this hike 5 or 6 times and it's consistently great, although there are always plenty of other people and their dogs on the trail. The trail is a short scenic drive from downtown Moab, and the hike itself is only a mile each way without too much climbing. It's a beautiful place. The first time I did it I was intimidated by the cable and the ladder, but they are actually pretty easy. The trail is well marked with green paint on the rocks and a few cairns, but there are signs that a lot of people and dogs are wandering off the trail and tearing up the fragile soil. Please don't do that.

Amazing. One of my favorite arches in the area!!! Best part is that it’s outside the park so it’s free to hike there.

easily some of the best views in the usa. The primitive trail can get a touch hard to follow at times but we always found our way back. Pro version with offline trail map is recomended for this trail.

Great hike ! Solid difficulty. I know I probably don’t have to say this on this website but please wear appropriate footwear for this hike. There is a lot of scrambling at some parts and a girl got stuck because she was hiking in converse.....

What an amazing hike! Very easy, short distance and enough variance in terrain we didn’t get bored! We brought our 30lb pup, he absolutely loved it and did great. Just one section with a metal rope, we carried him up. All other sections very do able for a dog to go around. Arches were gorgeous!

The trail itself was awesome but just a word of warning... we went just after they got some snow and there were a lot of high risk situations where slipping on ice could’ve ruined the day. Also, if you were hiking clockwise just about in the last mile or so there is a giant what I would call a mini pond with two rock faces on each side. And the only way over is just walking through the ice water. We were with two folks who pulled off some American ninja warrior type move and ran over the side of the rock face. Haha I’m just not a risk taker like that.

More about the views than the dwellings. Skipped the granary spur as ice on north face. Left ice spikes in car! Follow the cairns up the butte trail. Dusty stone necessitating scramble.

Really loved this trail with my husband and doggo. I thought it was challenging enough to be fun and rewarding and I loved the arch as much as delicate arch honestly. There’s one section with a ladder where we had to pick up our pooch and one small climb where you’re holding onto a rope and using footholds, but it’s short and even a cautious creature like me could handle it. Almost no one on this trail!

28 days ago

Hiked counterclockwise, loved the less-crowded "Primitive Trail" section. We got seriously off-track when getting back onto the main trail from the Double-O arch, and ended up scrambling across a fin to get back on track; not very well-marked if you're going the opposite direction like we were. Extremely windy on the scary high fin section, which was freaky--be careful! Absolutely beautiful though, and no snow/ice to speak of when we went. The Partition arch and Dark Angel formation have the best views imo!

Think this should be a registered hike...Only to account for those who might not make it out. A few of us were "lost" here and there. It was super windy and snowing on occasion. Were some pretty cold points with the snow coming down. For a beginner afraid of heights, with health issues, it took me longer than most but I was still able to do it. Two helping hands from strangers... one letting us know we were going the right way and the other literally lent a hand across a rock face... above a huge puddle with no way around. This is one time I didnt let pride get in the way. Butt crawling and all is involved in this hike. Beautiful views of everything. Went clockwise. For those of us out of shape... this makes for a difficult hike. Go prepared for anything... including plunging off a rock face into the the occasional massive puddle :) Thanks random stranger for keeping me dry!

Beautiful hike that we started early. Should have taken the advice provided by other reviewers on All Trails, we hiked this loop trail clockwise and somewhere missed a sign and ended up further in the gardens than other tracks show and we didn't deem to go in as far NW as other tracks. That said, beautiful hike. There was a crisp blue sky which contrasted beautifully with the red rock and arches.

One of the best in USA!

Enjoyable, moderately quick hike. Bow-Tie is nice on it’s own, but Corona is fantastic! Large, picturesque arch. Adjacent rail line adds some extra punch to the hike

This trail was a lot of fun and the first time I’ve hiked on slickrock. There were a few challenging areas for my dogs and unfortunately we weren’t able to make it all the way to the arch due to the steep uphill area near the end. For those hiking this trail with large dogs: I’m not sure who said there’s an easy route for dogs to get up there, but I think that’s being overly optimistic. Still, it’s a really great hike!

Amazing views, tons of arches, and solid difficulty level. Did this in the winter and it was much less crowded than it seems to be in the summer.

There is a steep bit of slick rock on the northeast corner of the trail. I suggest doing the whole trail clockwise and sliding down on your butt for this section of you're struggling with it.

Only hiked about 2 miles (counterclockwise) due to time, but this is first on my list next time in Arches.

2 months ago

Great trail! More like following a road up to the little fish sign put up to point out the arch. Scramble at the end, follow a clear ridge, beautiful view of a arch

Epic trail. Backpacked thousands of miles and usually the signs warn of difficulty when there is no need. however, this trail is not difficult perse, but it definitely has some seriously sketchy parts to it. .. atleast in winter. trail would be much easier in summer... though hotter.

2 months ago

Easy walk, great views! In my opinion this has better views than the Mesa Arch Trail, but both are worth visiting!

2 months ago

Gorgeous, easy hike! Well maintained. It can get windy, so hold on to your hat if you are near the edge.

Hiked it clockwise in the snow. Make sure you have good hiking boots and snow traction as some steep parts are quite dicey.

2 months ago

Great, fun, and short canyon hike. Little bit of scramble when leaving the canyon but its a fun one! Views at the bottom around the white rim make the walk through the wash worth it!

Thankfully we took the the good folk's on All Trails advice and went counterclockwise. This direction is key in order to arrive at the bottom a steep smooth rockface, as it's much easier to boulder up the bluff than down. This obstacle was a quarter to a third of the the way around the loop, once over the top the traffic was heavy with people debating the descent and those who had turned around and those had had yet to realize what they were in for.

Beautiful and breathtaking views!! Definitely steep in one or two areas but you’ll be fine with the right hiking shoes. Our pup did fine on 99% of the trail! Big dogs may need help going up the steep part.

This was so much fun in the snow! If you want to do primitive trail in the winter, bring your crampons!

We hiked counterclockwise in the snow. Most cairns were knocked over or covered so it took a little deciphering to find the right way. A lot of trial and error. Do not do this if you’re scared of heights. You hike on fins and that gets a little spooky. Took about 5 hours in snow with a stop at Dark Angel.

This is THE BEST hike at Arches.

Awesome trail! A little snow on the ground made the view even more gorgeous. We took our large pup who needed some help up a steep incline, but apart from that, he traversed the trail very well and had a great time too!

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