Confluence Overlook Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Confluence Overlook Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blanding, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2027 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Unlike other hikes in the district, this trail traverses mostly dry, open country along the northern edge of the geologic faults that shaped the Needles. Trail ends at a cliff overlooking the junction of the Green and Colorado rivers. At-large camping only. No water.

hiking
2 hours ago

Great hike - be careful and bring a lot of water. The hike back is as difficult as the hike out due to the up and downs of the terrain.

6 days ago

Interestingly enough, the hike itself is the best part. There are several climbs into and out of small canyons, so beware that this hike is equally difficult the way there and back. The view is great, but we came to find the confluence of two brown colored rivers which overall diminished the quality of the view. However, the hike itself shows great diversity of the many aspects of the park including several views of the needles and other very unique rock formations.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike thru some beautiful country, we go in spring (late March,early April) as temps are cooler, take plenty of water anyway you'll need it. about 15 minutes in, you'll need to climb a small/sturdy ladder to get out of canyon #1,The trail is cairned well. Great views throughout towards Chesler Pk area, view of the two rivers mixing is awesome, one cannot access the river(s) from the overlook as it is pretty much 1,200 ft. straight down from viewing area. You can also see the Island in the Sky area, have hiked it 3 times now and never gets old. It takes a better part of a day by the time you drive from Moab.on trip #1, the only confusing part of the trail to me, was about 3/4 of the way there, the trail crosses the 4WD road and it feels like you should follow it, just cross the road to trail on other side. ( the 4WD road eventually ties back in with trail to the overlook, but will take you a long way out of the way. Happy hiking, be safe, lots o water!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty! Took my husband and I about 5 hours to complete!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail with breathtaking sights. I would highly recommend this hike.

backpacking
5 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

Great view of the confluence

backpacking
8 months ago

Hard hike, but worth it

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It was a fun hike with fun climbs.

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

I did this hike late last spring. Wonderful hike but make sure to bring lots of water

hiking
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Gorgeously astounding! Its one of those places that make you sit back just to appreciate its beauty and vastness. There is an old uranium mine off the side that never was closed up, so its remnants still remain. Every year I've been here I've encountered huge bear poop and prints on the canyon floor (trail to kirks cabin), but have never seen it. Wedding ring arch is also over the side (steep slip slope to get to).

hiking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Needles hike. Would be best to do during fall and spring. Summer temps get very hot here and the trial is very exposed. Winter ice on some of the steep slickrock sections can pose a hazard.

hiking
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Excellent hike along the canyon. Loved the train, mainly marked by cairns, as it let to the confluence. The Green and the Colorado feed from completely different basins have carry different sediment loads. Seeing the the rivers mix is pretty cool.

scenic driving
Monday, February 28, 2011

Canyonlands overlook viewpoint provides an excellent view into Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It would be fine if it were anywhere else...But since it has to compare against the Grand Canyon, it kind of pales into insignificance.