Grand Wash Trail via Northeast Trailhead

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Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Wash Trail via Northeast Trailhead is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Scenic Drive Access: Drive southward along the Scenic Drive 3.5 miles to Grand Wash Road. Turn left on to Grand Wash Road and drive to the trailhead at road's end.

Really beautiful easy hike to do with a family.

hiking
5 days ago

Did this hike today. It was amazing! Beautiful scenery. My husband, 18 yo daughter & I did the wash and up to Cassidy Arch, about 8 miles round trip. Go a bit beyond the arch to the cliff edge for an incredible view. Trail is well marked, look for cairns along the way to the arch. I’m 51 but in shape so this was not difficult for me. I did overpack by wearing extra layers because I read a review that said it would be cold between the canyon walls but that was not the case today. We started at about 7:50. It took us a little over 4 hours but it was getting warm in the sun, especially on the hike back so my husband & daughter needed to take breaks in the shade. Bring lots of water & snacks. Noseeums were slightly annoying whenever we stopped walking, mostly on the trail to the arch. Saw some big horn sheep on the way back. Very cool!

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rocky
24 days ago

We did this trail after Cassidy Arch. Pretty scenery but by the end we were tired of walking through all the loose stones.

hiking
1 month ago

We did the Grand Wash trail and Cassidy Arch trail. The narrows portions of the Grand Wash is very windy and cold - take appropriate clothes. The size of the Grand Wash is amazing, absolutely massive. Very impressive! We saw 4 desert bighorn sheep on the Cassidy Arch trail. Cassidy Arch trail is uphill until you reach the arch. Amazing views all the way on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Incorrect recording info! If you look on the map you can see the gps has a difficult time keeping track due to the nearby cliffs. Too easy to incorrectly track elevation since a 100 ft difference places you on top of the cliffs!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike, basically in a canyon the whole way, beautiful rocks even saw some petroglyphs. At the end we branched off and hiked to Cassidy arch before turning back. Way fun!! A little long, but FUN!!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike in November. It wasn’t my favorite hike in the park just because it’s a lot less challenging than some of the others. Kid friendly. Beautiful geology.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty, meandering walk with colorful canyon walls, gorgeous light and shadows, and five million interesting rocks and boulders.

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snow
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

pretty and very flat, started near sunset so didn't make it all the way

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail that meanders between vertical walls. Very flat, but rocky in some areas. Found some hidden petroglyphs about halfway through just off the trail. Did this before climbing up Cassidy Arch trail. Combing these 2 trails offers a diverse hiking experience of narrows, slickrock and panoramic views.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked from the Cassidy Arch trail head parking area AFTER going up and down the Cassidy Arch trail. Gave us some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful canyon walls of the Grand Wash. Hiked about half way in and back to return to the car. Decent amount of shade at various points to stay cool in the heat.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty cool, but in the sun a lot. It was hot on Labor Day weekend. Nice views though!

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rocky
9 months ago

The access road to get to the trailhead was easily drivable by a sedan. Even though we got a late start on the trail we both had Camelbacks and were dressed appropriately for the 95-100 degree heat. At midday (August) you will be in 70% sun in the trail. Enough for the background, the trail is breathtaking and well worth the journey. The elevation change is in the 265 ft. range and easily negotiated for people with even moderate fitness. The shear canyon walls are colorful and the narrows, which is about 1/3 of the way down wash, is the best part of the hike. Would highly recommend this hike for several reasons. It is easy to access, it is a relatively fast hike if you are time constrained, and it gives you access to the Cassidy Arch trail (more challenging).

hiking
9 months ago

This was a very easy, enjoyable hike with many interesting rock formations. We used the trailhead off of Highway 24 which starts out going up canyon. We encountered a herd (8-10) of Big Horn sheep about 2/3 of the way up. Very cool. We did t start until 0930 and we spent a leisurely 2.5 hours completing it... mainly due to the sheep we encountered.

Good hike for young kids - flat and lots of rock features to play in/on. Early or late in the day would be preferable.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike. We were lucky it was overcast so not too hot. The canyon walls are amazing. Not many people.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Easy. Did not meet anybody in two hours ...

hiking
10 months ago

We loved this trail! A great “warm up” hike for our trip to the region, we took our two kids (ages 5 and 9) with us for an evening hike to beat the heat. We stopped for photos every 5 feet so the entire hike took us about 2.5 hours but it had gorgeous light and plenty of shade (about 5:30pm to 8pm). Beautiful scenes around every turn and we even encountered a little family of mountain goats/sheep (?) midway. Easy, fun, and gorgeous.

hiking
11 months ago

We love this park. It has some of the best hikes. The grand wash is a pretty easy trail but we added the Cassidy arch to it which made it quite long in the end and kind of tiring but if you just do the grand wash, it super easy and the views are spectacular. You feel so small inside the canyon.

Great trail! A walk through canyons with beautiful views.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

Beautiful trail to walk in the rain and watch the sun breakthrough the clouds.

Thu May 23 2019

easy walk with many beautiful views. you feel so small on the trail

hiking
Wed May 15 2019

Date Hiked: 5/15/19 This hike is spectacular. If you add on Cassidy Arch to this trail, it is well deserving of 5 stars. Can't give it to this one as a stand alone hike. The canyon is huge and will make you feel tiny. It is a must do hike if you are in Capitol Reef. We liked this park better than Arches and Canyonlands. Less crowds and the people are just nicer. Had an overall better experience. Don't take shortcuts -- it kills vegetation! The hike is easy enough as it is, just stick to the rock bed!

no shade
Fri Apr 26 2019

Great trail to see stone formations and watermarks. Easy to access and walk, as the trail is flat and easy to navigate-trail is clear. Little shade midday and can get quite hot.

This is an awesome trail that takes you down Grand Wash through a canyon. It’s nice and cool during the morning and late afternoon - as long as the sun isn’t directly overhead shining down. It’s nice and flat with fairly fine rock. It also brings you to the start of the Cassidy Arch Trail which is excellent as well. Definitely do this trail if you have some time at Capitol Reef.

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Nice hike along the wash. Not tough, narrows are amazing! The canyon walls are impressive!

hiking
Wed Apr 17 2019

Did this trail after hiking Navajo knobs. Easy walk on a dry river bed. Barely any incline. Accommodating for all hiking abilities from little kids to elderly people. Check weather forecast at the visitor center and avoid it if there is a chance of rain upstream.

Hike with Mary in Capitol Reef NP. Walk in a canyon.

hiking
Fri Apr 05 2019

Really interesting, diverse scenery along the hike. Easy flat hike with nice wide trails, even the “narrows” are about 10 meters across. Pleasantly surprised by the wildlife - we saw many birds, a few chipmunks, and a group of bighorn sheep. Very exciting.

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