Chimney Rock Loop Trail

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Capitol Reef National Park

Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

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!

hiking
4 days ago

favorite hike at capitol reef so far. you great views and also get up close to the cliffs. very windy at the top a very cool hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike, go early as it gets hot!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some great views

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

You only see Chimney Rock for the first and last portions of the hike, which is why I only rated this hike 4/5 stars — it’s still a great hike in the hills behind Chimney Rock! Some awesome views of the geology in the area.

muddy
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. Went counterclockwise. Great views at the top. As you keep going its mostly downhill and you walk through the wash. 2/29/20 lots of muddy patches. Caked on heavy boots type of muddy.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike in November. I took the counter clockwise route. Lots of gradual uphill in the beginning. Diverse hike with good views of the park and cool rock formations.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Ok trail, going counter clockwise the 1st mile or 2 has some nice views, the last part seemed a bit boring

hiking
7 months ago

Early hike. Very scenic and quiet.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! One of my favorites in Capitol Reef. Steep climb at the beginning and then levels out. Great views

hiking
7 months ago

Truly enjoyed this hike. Got to the trailhead at maybe 7:30 and didn't run into anyone until 9:30. There were some spectacular views. We did a counterclockwise route. Not a lot of shade on the hike up or at the top, but it wasn't too warm the day we went so it wasn't an issue for us.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, plan for sunset, about an hour and 45min with plenty of photo stops. Views are great

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. The first mile is a strenuous climb but views are well the climb. The loop provides a real variety of scenery.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views that overlooking the red rock. Some loose rock it nothing difficult. No shade so sunscreen and hats is definitely needed!

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

I did 6 hikes in Capitol Reef on this day, and this one was my very favorite! Incredible views, and I only saw 2 people as I was finishing the trail despite how busy the park and other trails were earlier. Wonderful sunset hike and easy to follow. Reccomend! ♡

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite loop in Capitol Reef. Go in the morning. Awesome views, changing landscapes, and no road noise or views for much of the hike.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Superbe randonnée qui vous offre une vue panoramique incroyable. Après une bonne grimpette sur le Mesa, vous continuez votre randonnée en profitant pleinement des différents paysages qui évoluent au fur et à mesure de la journée en fonction de la luminosité. En été prenez beaucoup d’eau et de quoi vous protégez du soleil, pas d’ombrew

hiking
off trail
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good views. Great hike, when you get to the loop I suggest heading right. Because it’s steep elevation really quick and then all downhill for the majority of the hike

hiking
10 months ago

Unreal views. Not too difficult after the beginning part. A must.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

beautiful views. first mile is a lung burner but the rest is easy peasy

Fri May 10 2019

Easy ridge walk after initial 800' climb with switchbacks. Take your time and enjoy the breathtaking, surreal views! Also note the extraordinary colored rocks and minerals at your feet: blues, greens, reds, bright yellow.

hiking
no shade
Fri Apr 26 2019

Beautiful loop. Takes you from summit views to river bottoms. Views all around, great panoramic shots. Highly recommend early spring.

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

At dusk and after sunset. Beautiful.

Thu Apr 18 2019

easy to follow trail, 1st mile is a bear, after that its a breeze. Great views all the way around.

Mon Apr 15 2019

love a loop. it's a weird hike with lots of unique vistas of the park.

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