Druid Arch Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
#10 of 55 trails in

Druid Arch Trail is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blanding, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2076 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

snow

no dogs

Permits required. Great views throughout. Bring lots of water. Hike can be sandy and difficult to navigate.

4 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
27 days ago

1 month ago

The 2000 ft elevation gain is more intimidating than it should be. The hike is seemingly flat most of the time as it follows the river bed once you break off from the Chesler Trail. There is climbing involved in some sections of the trail and a boulder field to the final summit of Druid. But any individual that is moderately fit and fully functioning will make it up no problem with a little perseverance. It was a beautiful hike, and the destination was excellent. It can be tough to navigate, but follow the stacks of rocks set to mark the trail and you'll be fine. Prepare to take a wrong turn or two, just be aware when the stacks disappear. Beware, you're not going to get a solid view if you're not willing to take the final climb.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Do this hike! The canyons leading up to the arch are some of the most amazing things your eyes will see. The arch itself is huge and magnificent. The view of the park for the arch is awesome. This is a great way to spend an afternoon in the park. If you have little time in Moab, I would highly recommend spending the time doing this hike as opposed to going to Arches NP. It gives you solitude, a great taste of canyon lands, and a spectacular view of a massive arch.

hiking
5 months ago

While offering some wondrous overlooks, be forewarned that the hike to Druid Arch is not easily navigable. My hiking partner and I were separated from the trail on several instances, although our GPS map helped course correct. Even with technological assistance, we were ultimately unable to complete the route as the trail petered out in on a frozen lagoon (approx. 4 to 5 miles in to hike) from which we saw no appreciable way forward. Rock cairns are somewhat helpful, but the Druid Arch trail would benefit from improved signage, lest others share in a similarly unfulfilling experience.

8 months ago

10 months ago

backpacking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

This was probably my least favourite hike in Canyonlands. The majority of the hike takes place on dry river bed, which just kind of lacked interest/dimension for me. There are great views of the different formations though. Also, if you get to a point that you're not sure where you can go from there, LOOK UP! We were so confused as to where the trail had gone, then realized we were already beneath the arch. Novices... haha.
We did this hike in April but with a lack of coverage I think it would get absolutely scorching in later months.

hiking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The beginning and end are great! The middle is constant walking in loose sand of the dried up riverbed. I didn't like that part at all. It might have not been that bad if it weren't anextremely hot day haha. Just bring lots of water.

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Glorious ending to a hike after a rather monotonous hike along a sandy/rocky dried river bed for miles.

hiking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fun hike with diversity between creek beds and minor scrambling. Druid Arch is larger than you may expect. A must see.

hiking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

hiking
Monday, April 13, 2015

hiking
Sunday, October 05, 2014

hiking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Great deseret hike. Spent a couple of days backpacking.