Cohab Canyon Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Cohab Canyon Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

no dogs

A hidden canyon with spur trails and overlooks. Strenuous climb of 320 feet from west to east up 1/4 mile switchback, then moderate. More gradual climb of 440 from east to west.

hiking
19 days ago

First bit is a little steep, but nothing unmanageable and gorgeous views from the very beginning. There don't seem to be markers for this trail past the entrance but the path is obvious. We took the turnoff toward the campground but then split off to go back up toward the south and north overlooks which are well worth the adventure. Very windy, make sure you keep an eye out for cairns - you can go fairly far out on the overlook as long as you know where to step.

Arrived around noon and it took an hour and half, didn't run in to too many people even thought it was a gorgeous day.

29 days ago

We loved this trail, for the geological differences from the other trails we did at Capital Reef. The first quarter mile is steep, but offers immediate panorama of the historic Fruita district. Then you get into boulders, then a wash before coming to the North and South Overlooks into the valley. Trail is well-marked by cairns along slickrock sections.

8 months ago

Sweet hike, really hard for the first quarter mile but other than that it's pretty easy. The Canyon at the top is beautiful. Nice view over the Fruita area and campground.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail !! Hard climb up at first and then easy. Don't miss this one!!

11 months ago

rock formations are nice, we did it in 2 hours with kids so I would classify it as moderate. only the first 10 minutes are steep then it becomes a flatten walk. north and south overview are meh, pretty much the same so check the north if you don't have time.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

I would rate this challenging but very doable and I think it's the best in the park. Incredible diversity in canyon walls with one exciting slot canyon and a lookout spur over Fruita that is worth the precarious climb.
Instead of doing the whole thing in reverse, I walked back along the river, saw the petroglyphs and went for pie at Gifford House then to the car park lot. Perfect hike!

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

our intro hike to capitol reef! not difficult, cool short slot canyons and views of the beautiful fall trees & area around Fruita!

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great Narrow canyon trail displaying unusual intense pocketing of cliff walls. Opportunities for slot canyon exploration. We hiked from the Giffords end to the intersection of the Frying Pan Trail and back About 2 hours and very worthwhile. Steep quarter mile of switchbacks at beginning give way to gentle hiking the rest of the way.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Very pretty hike, not difficult with tons of diverse landscape. Wonderful earlier in the morning as shade is provided. Great for kids.

hiking
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Loved it. Would do it again

hiking
Sunday, February 08, 2015

There are a few short slot canyons, called "The Wives", that branch off the trail, and the overlooks give good views of the orchards and the petroglyphs area.

hiking
Saturday, February 07, 2015

Great hike and beautiful views. If you aren't staying at the campground, parking may be an issue on the west trailhead. Park further up the road a the picnic area, or go to the north trailhead and part at the hickman bridge trailhead. Again, beautiful hike and if you have time continue on to Frying Pan and head out all the way to Cassidy Arch (about 4-4.5 hours roundtrip). You won't regret it.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Started west to east from the campgrounds. It's a steep climb with a lot of switchback the first 1/4 mile. Then after reaching a "Pass" drops down to Highway 24. Missed the trail sign for the overlooks just before a climb to the Frying Pan junction. After reaching highway 24 I returned back making this a loop. Then I found the overlook trail sign. The north overlook is the shorter of the two overlook trails and the easiest to follow. The South Overlook trail is easy follow for a while then you have to be careful picking out the rock cairns.

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