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Fisher Towers Trail

MODERATE 334 reviews

Fisher Towers Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,820 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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NOTE: While dogs are allowed on leash, there is a small ladder about 1.5 miles into the trail that may be difficult to pass with a large dog. The entire length of the trail is decorated with an enormous variety of rock art, sculpted by the wind and the rain from the soft red sandstone, and it is in large part this spectacle that makes the hike so delightful. The last major tower on the route is the Titan, which the trail passes after about 1.5 miles. After passing the Titan the path veers southwest onto a long ridge from which you will be rewarded with a majestic view of the Towers. The nearest town is Moab, Utah about 16 miles to the southwest. The The Fisher Towers can be accessed from Fisher Towers Road off of Route 128.

Great, well-marked trail with incredible views. Ancient Art and Titan are stunning towers.

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muddy
1 day ago

A really fun trail with spectacular views! A note on the elevation profile though - I think most GPS trackers are getting confused at the same point in the hike. I used Strava to track it, but there is no way you climb 1800ft along this hike. However, that is what my Strava showed, matching all trails elevation profile. My partner also used Strava to track, but he stopped tracking at the turn around point (where you see trail end in the log) and it showed an elevation gain of about 800ft. This matches the information sign at the trail head as well. That being said, we really enjoyed the hike - lots of neat rock formations and photo opportunities. It was a bit muddy in spots and I used my trekking poles on the way down for some extra assistance.

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing... every viewpoint was breathtaking and the trail was fun - we had 5 inches of powder but everyone on the trail supported each other on finding the right path - will be back

hiking
26 days ago

One of the top hikes in the area. Never very crowded and always rewarding. You do need to trust the trail markings -- there are places where it looks like it is going to be very precarious, but when you get there, it actually isn't that bad. There is one place, at about 2 miles from the start, where you come out past a rock outcropping and there is a conspicuous cairn off to the left. That is not the main trail -- it takes you off onto an isolated "island" from which you can't get back down to the base unless you backtrack exactly how you came. The correct trail goes straight. On the way back you want to be especially careful not to go off in that direction.

26 days ago

awesome short hike! easy rolling hills out and back. not many people make it all the way to the end. recommend finishing it

hiking
1 month ago

Of all the hikes we did in Moab, we found this one to be the most challenging. There are hairpin turns that, when you reach them, feel as if you can't go any further. It turns out you have to peek around the corner, hug a giant wall, and keep going. As others have mentioned, there are steep drop-offs, along with a steel ladder midway, that make this trail particularly harrowing. We made it about 2/3rds of the way and then lost the trail (we think there was another hairpin turn we missed!) The views of the tower really are spectacular — even if you don't make it that far.

hiking
1 month ago

One of our new favorite trails in Utah. Such an amazing hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great scenic hike. There are a couple of challenging spots. The ladder and the 90 degree corner a little before the ladder. Great views at the trails end.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great views of the towers as well as out over the river and valley. Some areas the trail arre narrow with steep drop off if heights cause you pause (more toward the end of the trail). Otherwise a 5 and worth it for the views.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome views at every turn. Some exposure to heights but trail is fairly wide in most places. Ladder was less difficult than I had feared. A great day!

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We arrived too late in the afternoon to attempt the complete hike, was afraid of losing the trail if we returned in the dark. Got confused a couple of times on the return even in the daylight. It was a great trail with a lot of climbing and decents and absolutely beautiful views. Next time we'll leave earlier. Weather was cooperative with scattered clouds and cool breeze on Sept. 23.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed the hike and scenery. Trail is marked with arrows and cairns, so was able to reach the “trail ends” sign with no issues. We left around noon-ish, so the hike was mostly in the sun...wear sunscreen and take plenty of water. Breeze helped, but still warm.

Excellent!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! We missed the trail a few times but found it quickly--it's hard to get lost most of the way as you are just zig zagging through the tall structures. At the end we (and several other hikers we were with) got confused which way to go. You come out onto a ridge and it's hard to tell if you go right or left. Go right along the ridge. At the end there was a sign that said "trail ends." Although someone else went left and it's probably pretty that was as well. We managed the hike fine carrying a 6 month old in a carrier, even with the ladder. We did it on a Saturday in September and it wasn't too crowded--probably a lot less than some of the popular trails in Arches. It wasn't too hot and there was a nice breeze and sometimes a strong wind. We left at 10am and the middle part was all in the shade on the way there, but mostly in he sun on the way back.

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rocky
2 months ago

Awesome trail- views are spectacular. Started in early morning so it was shady. Light developed as we hiked. Careful observation needed so you don’t go off trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Truly a spectacular trail. Early morning sunrise hike for us was perfect. Cool and watched the colors fill in as the sun rose. Not particularly difficult if you’re experienced. Cairns are lacking in areas as noted. Using AllTrails kept us on track when we wandered a bit.

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rocky
2 months ago

This is a wonderful trail down Highway 128 about 20 miles from Moab but close to Red Cliffs Lodge or Sorrel River Ranch. The trail crosses a ravine and then climbs steeply up a ridge to a lookout point, and then further to the Titan, the largest formation. The views of the spires and surrounding cliffs (like being at the bottom of Canyonlands) are best after midday when the sun is lower in the western sky. The trail is marked by cairns in most places, and it’s easy to miss them when the trail turns sharply. The shorter hike takes an hour, and double that for the Titan. Out and back trail. Rest rooms and a campground at the trail head. We saw climbers on the lower rocks. The summit looks down on the mesa and spires that have been scenes in many movies. John Wayne in Rio Grande was shot nearby. There is a movie museum ( free and always open) with Rio Grande memorabilia along with dozens of other films at Red Cliffs Lodge, about five miles west of the trail.

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scramble
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this early one day in August. Great morning hike, not too busy and lots of shade if you go early. Really interesting to weave in and out of all the rock formations. Lots of variety because you go down in and then back up and around. Very different than any other hike we did in the area. FYI, the trailhead lists the distance at 4.4 miles total. I would rate this as a solid moderate with some steep bits and a few dropoffs. Very manageable though especially before 10am.

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rocky
4 months ago

Amazing hike. Awesome sights. It's 7 stars. It's easy at places to go off trail, other paths. no markers. Put it on your bucket list.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it! Great views the whole time, it’s a little bit of up and down but nothing too steep. Our dog couldn’t use the ladder but we found a path around it. Bring lots of water.

hiking
5 months ago

Really great trail. Very beautiful. There are a lot of good trail markers but we found a few spots where we almost lost the trail so it is good to look carefully. The GPS signal can get a bit off the mark with the high walls you hike next to. Hiking early morning (we started at 7:30am) kept us in the shade until the last 1/4 mile of our return trip. Hiked with 8 and 12 year old kids and they did fine.

6 months ago

This hike is amazing. Lots of big Vista views, without a lot of vertical climbing. Awesome rock features. very cool.

hiking
6 months ago

If you do it early enough you have plenty of morning shade!! There is a ladder that was difficult to get large pups past! No water on the trail, I would pack lots! Great views!!

hiking
6 months ago

On this hike you get to feel like an ant when scaled against the towers. Each corner brings new and breathtaking views. Sheer rock walls tower above you, while others are minutely sculpted by ice, wind, and rain. Majestic. My wife and I are in our 60's, hiked with no difficulties. Be aware of the ladder, but it's only 5 or 6 rungs. Also, on the return there are a few "wrong turn" cairns that lead you astray (hopefully not on purpose), but keep your GPS handy.

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no shade
6 months ago

Great trail that definitely makes you feel like you’re in Moab, and pet friendly! Just make sure you time it right so you’re not out in the beating sun the whole time, because shade is very limited. And be considerate of your pets because the sand is very hot during the day, so paw protection is probably a good idea.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely don’t hike it during the middle of the day, but if you do there are some shady spots. Where sturdy shoes.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and interesting hike outside of Moab. Start early in the day - the area gets very hot very quickly. We started at 6:30am on Saturday morning (Memorial Day Weekend) and had the trail completely to ourselves until about 9:30am on the return trip. Totally worth it for no crowds and low temps. Be aware that there is a 7 rung ladder that you need to traverse - it would be very difficult to bring a large dog up and down this ladder. The Titan is a magnificent sight!

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