Chimney Rock Loop Trail

HARD 30 reviews

Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

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nature trips

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views

wild flowers

no dogs

Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a demanding 3.5 mile loop trail in Capitol Reef National Park located near Torrey, Utah that offers wide panoramic views along the Waterpocket Fold. Starting as a strenuous climb up switchbacks for the first quarter mile; then it becomes a moderate loop hike afterwards offering views of Chimney Rock and sweeping panoramas from the top of the mesa along the edge of the Waterpocket Fold. Chimney Rock is a natural spire, eroded out of the side of the mesa and stands 300 ft above the road. The trail ascends higher than the top of the chimney. After 300-ft climb, the loop trail more gradually ascends and circles the top of Mummy Cliff to the south of Chimney Rock. Since this is a loop, go whichever direction you wish, but most people end up going counterclockwise to finish the climb at the beginning of the loop trail to the cliffs. Chimney Rock was once part of same sediment bed solidified into Mummy Cliff and the rest of the mesa. But as the mesa eroded, Chimney Rock - made of harder stone - is positioned such that it can shrug off the mesa's winds and stone-splitting frosts; it formed a natural landmark more resistant to erosion than the surrounding sandstone. Chimney Rock Canyon is located at east side of mesa, and cuts way down to Spring Canyon, and then onto Hwy 24 and the Fremont River. Seemingly made of stacked sandstone bricks, Mummy Cliffs almost appear to be buttresses holding up edges of mesa. The cliffs mark the highest point of mesa, rising up out of Chimney Rock Canyon with rest of the slanted Waterpocket Fold. The hike can be extremely hot in the summer, so be sure to take plenty of water; also hiking poles are useful. The trail passes through the bright red-orange sandstone which is striking against other rock. This is the signature hike at Capitol Reef and can be crowded at times, but is still not to miss!

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1 month ago

Great hike. Well mark trails.

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2 months ago

It was a great hike for our scout group to go and hike. It wore them out but us leaders wanted to do more.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Fantastic hike. I didn't think it strenuous even at 8000 ft, but certainly there are sections that get you breathing hard. Views of the fold as a backdrop to Fruita are just outstanding in the late afternoon sun. We hiked it clockwise and it seemed less strenuous that way given the steep descent to get back to the loop junction. Despite the name, you really only see chimney rock itself at the beginning and end of the hike. Would love to be on top of the hill/mountain at sunset. Total hike time was 1:20 with no stops, 1:40 with picture stops, so plan on 30 min hike down from peak if go at sunset.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

This is a nice walk, but nothing special. Views weren't great, but it's a nice short hike in a pinch. Not a must see while in capitol reef

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6 months ago

Capitol Reef is easily Utah's most underrated National Park, which is a shame because it's gorgeous! We hiked the Chimney Rock Loop Trail in December on our way to Bryce and the views out over the park were amazing. It's a bit steep in places going up but trust me when I say it's worth it when you get to the top.

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9 months ago

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Was good, the elevation starts about 1/4 mile in then goes for another miles or so but. Enjoyable time with wife and kids.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

great views of towers. really windy day.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

This is a truly spectacular hike. However, it is quite easy to get lost - the loop is not well-marked. The day we were out, we were off-trail for about an hour, and we met up with two other groups who had also gotten lost. BE SURE TO CARRY ENOUGH WATER! We were down to our last drops by the end.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015