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Golden Wall Trail to Castle Bridge Trail

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Red Canyon

Golden Wall Trail to Castle Bridge Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Panguitch, Utah that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 616 ft Route type Out & Back
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Castle Bridge Trail #33096 offers spectacular scenery and unique red rock formations. This trail was named for the rock bridge between two large spires northeast of the trail’s lower junction with the Golden Wall Trail. In addition to spectacular red rock scenery a spectacular balanced rock is found at the higher elevations.

Parking Restrooms and water nearby at the Red Canyon Visitors Center

Red Canyon Visitor Center: 435-676-2676 Dixie National Forest Supervisor's Office 1789 N Wedgewood Ln Cedar City, UT 84721 (435)865-3700 TTY for hearing impaired: (435) 865-3719 Fax: (435) 865-3791

The Castle Bridge Trail is located in Red Canyon and south of the Red Canyon Visitor Center. Drive east approximately 4 miles from US 89 on SR12 to the Golden Wall Trailhead. There is a pull off located on the right hand side of the road where parking is available. The trail begins and ends on the Golden Wall Trail No. 33095, and lies approximately .5 miles from the Golden Wall Trailhead.

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Tanja Gg
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Yuliya Rivkina
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We did the trail counter clockwise so we went down the switchbacks. As other reviewers noted it would definitely be an issue if the soil is wet. However, the weather was sunny that day so we really enjoyed the hike. Absolutely gorgeous hoodoos!! Looked like Bryce but on a smaller scale and not crowded (which is important!!)

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Jessi P
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Just a fantastic quick dog-friendly trail with spectacular views. Went on a Saturday afternoon and only saw 2 other people. As others have pointed out, you can do this as a loop, and I recommend clockwise with the switchback on the way up- it’s pretty narrow in parts with loose gravel that I find easier climbing than descending. Would be tricky if muddy.

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Ron Leonesio
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Doug Gwilliam
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Excellent hike! Nobody around. We were the only ones on the trail. Went clockwise at the "loop" and went up the switchbacks. Up and close to the hoodoos, and excellent views! At the top, the trail disappears -- look for the cairns to guide you to the trail down. Fantastic short hike! Loved it!

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Mike Zwahlen
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the start is a bit boring, but once you get to the fork it is breath taking!

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Gail Budin
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I took the road less traveled and glad I did!

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Callee Morley
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It says out and back but you can do a loop that doesn’t make it any longer. I’d recommend going counterclockwise so you are coming down the switchbacks at the end instead of going up them but either way is great. I didn’t see a single person on the trail. Quiet and beautiful. Would be a good one for kids just keep an eye on them on the switch backs as they are very narrow.

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Camilla O
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Went in January for some snow hiking. Beautiful

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Brooke Bucci
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Zina Helmandollar
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Loved this trail. We did hike it clockwise and the beginning was tough switchbacks but just needed to take it slow and use the poles. The scenery was amazing. The way down was easy. Don't avoid the switchbacks since you get the best hoodoo views from that side of the trail.

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abbie haynie
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Great trail with awesome views!

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Rochelle Garner
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Amazing! Actually recommend going past the castle bridge turnoff and going up it backwards, the front part is icy and muddy and not fun. Once you get to the top where bridge is, go back the way you came. You’ll be thankful! Beautiful views around every corner.

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Stewart Carnes
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Great hike. Amazing scenery and views. I snowshoed Golden Wall. There is a good trodden path to follow and can be done without snowshoes. The return loop path on the West side had not been used. I did it easily with my snowshoes.

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Anide Johansen
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Nice little out and back trail with a loop at the end. Perfect for dogs outside of the national park.

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karen hanson
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I would recommend this trail to anyone with a dog. We had our Vizsla off leash. Castle bridge trail got your heart going. Beautiful views from the top. We took golden wall back down. Plenty of shade if it’s a hot day.

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Ty Skousen
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Beautiful views! Do the 2.3 mile loop.

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Leksi Skousen
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Loved this hike. Short but gorgeous views. Didn’t see anyone on the trail and we hiked it on Labor Day. Would definitely do this trail again since it has the Bryce Canyon views (but dogs aren’t allowed in Bryce Canyon). Our dog loved it too. We found a horny toad on the trail.

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Like this because it gets back from the road. We had the entire trail to ourselves, and got to soak it in. Beautiful rock formations abound.

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Morgan Chilson
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Beautiful views and a relatively easy hike. this was our first hike at the canyon and a wonderful, jaw-dropping way to start.

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Naomi Tsai
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Breathtaking, and we saw only one runner the entire time we were there. It felt like we were the only people in the whole world. In order to access the trailhead, take highway 12 towards Bryce. It is before the red canyon visitor center on the right hand side. There is a small area for parking, and you will see a marker for the trail. If you get to the visitor center on the left hand side, you’ve gone too far (though we also highly recommend you explore pink ledges from the visitor center as well). Make sure to complete the castle bridge loop! Fantastic views!! A little sketchy at parts though.. be safe and take your time.

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lora roberts
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Absolutely beautiful. Challenging, breathtaking, perfect

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Canyon Towhee
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Agree with b marston. There was a real washout of everything last month!

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b marston
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Washed out trail in many areas with lots of scrambling over scree in steep spots. Would not recommend for families or anyone not comfortable with lots of trailfinding, heights, and loose terrain. But great views.

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David Whittaker
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if you're strapped on time do this trail. it can be done in less than an hour, but if you have time , continue on and complete the golden wall loop trail. It's worth it

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Rhythm Earthsong
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Red Canyon is the best kept secret just a few miles away from its immensely overcrowded big brother, Bryce Canyon, and the 3 connecting trails across the road (Rte 12) from the Ranger Station - Golden Wall Trail, Castle Bridge Trail and Buckhorn Trail - form a continuous eyegasm that, in my opinion, is perhaps the most beautiful walking trail on Planet Earth, definitely in the top 10, especially if you like amazing red-rock formations along with your rich ponderosa/pinion forests, deep canyons and spectacular 300 mile views. You start at the Golden Wall Trail just west of the Ranger Station, take the Castle Bridge junction a short ways in (these 2 trails cross each other a couple more times) and after about 3 miles of moderate inclines and descents - which never stops offering new surprises and fantastic spectacles around every corner - you’ll hit the short Buckhorn Trail which switchbacks you down the hillside behind the Red Canyon Campground and back to the road and the Ranger Station. From the lack of co-hikers on the trail (in 3 hours we only saw two other hikers at the height of the Memorial Day hgh season,) and the lack of reviews here, it’s clear this is a hidden secret, and I hope my enthusiatic review doesn’t change that!

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