Cassidy Arch via Frying Pan Trail

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Cassidy Arch via Frying Pan Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,391 feet Route Type: Out & Back




wild flowers


no shade

no dogs

Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Hickman Bridge Access: Drive eastward on Highway 24 approximately 1.5 miles to the Hickman Bridge Trailhead. Park at this trailhead and cross the highway to the Cohab Canyon Trail's northern terminus.

beautiful hike! trail is very well maintained, just watch for the cairns and trail.

22 days ago

We started at the trailhead AllTrails directed us too. This was the Cohab Canyon trailhead across from the campgrounds. There is a large parking area on your left before you get to the trailhead. We hiked to Cassidy Arch and it was 9.7 miles RT from this trailhead. I would rate it as strenuous, as there is very little “flat” trail. You are either going up a fairly steep grade or you are going down for almost the entire 9.7 miles. It is not a dangerous or difficult scramble. Just a lot of vertical and longer than what is indicated. The views, rock formations and overall hike was great. Cassidy Arch is pretty amazing and to walk out on it is exciting.

4 months ago

Very good hike, well marked trail. We spent about 4 and a half hours taking in this trail and the views. Definitely not heavily trafficked in the main section, we were all alone for most of the hike. Frying pan is a hot section so bring water and sunscreen particularly if doing an out and back. The arch is a really cool point, and rewarding after the long hike.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Great hike, clearly marked, with great views. Allows you to walk over the arch.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Great conditions today. The hike is challenging but the trail is well marked and the terrain diverse. Arriving at the arch is very rewarding.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Alltrails description of this hike is from the Highway 24 trailhead but the map is from the Gifford House end. We hiked in from the Highway 24 end of the Cohad Trail switched to the Frying Pan Trail and then to the Cassidy Arch Trail to Casidy Arch. A truly great and strenuous hike (lots of up and down) but not difficult nor edgy. The way we did it it encompassed about 8.5 miles and about 5 hours. The Arch is impressive and the only one we've found in southeast Utah that is easily walked across on top given its massive width.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Great hike that climbs quickly out of the valley floor to a slot canyon near the top. Our kids did great completing the steep incline in about 15 minutes. We enjoyed exploring the slot canyon and a couple of its side canyons. The view from the canyon entrance are wonderful and gives a good overlook of some of the orchards and farm below.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

This was a fantastic hike, and was my favorite part of my Capital Reef trip. The trail gradually rolls up and down, constantly changing elevation, so you never have extended climbs or descents. For the most part, the trail is well maintained and cairns are visible, with the exception of a few areas in the Frying Pan trail. Just keep you head on a swivel or bring a GPS. Be sure to pack plenty of water. There is none on the trail, and during the summer this trail will be incredibly hot and you are exposed 95% of the time. The views at the end at Cassidy Arch are wonderful, and it's a good time to rest and soak it all in. If you have time for 1 hike in the park, it should be this one.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Awesome rocks

Monday, September 02, 2013

This was an awesome hike and covers portion of the Cohab Canyon Trail for about a 1 Mile. Then The Frying Pan trail for about 3 miles. And then the Cassidy Arch trail for about .5 miles. My Handheld GPS listed 8.3 miles and as the round trip distance from Fruita. Its about .5 miles shorter from the Highway 24 trailhead.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I love Capital Reef. This trail is a great one. Strenuous at first, but once you conquor that it is nice going down the canyon. Be sure to take the side trail up to the rim for a nice view of Fruita and the orchards. Do this hike in the morning before the sun gets high as it can be a hot one later in the day.

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