Hickman Bridge Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews

Hickman Bridge Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

The Hickman Natural Bridge trail is a very relaxing and scenic trail in Capitol Reef National Park. The Hickman Natural Bridge trail is a very relaxing and scenic trail in Capitol Reef National Park. A trail brochure - available at the trailhead - points out 17 things to observe along the hike. Notable among these are an indian granary, a small natural bridge called Nels Johnson Bridge, and, of course, Hickman Bridge.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice fairly easy hike with some great views along the way. The bridge was beautiful and you get to hike right through it.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a great hike. The beginning of the trail is where you gain all of the elevation. The trail loops under the bridge which is gorgeous. Probably the best "bang for your buck" hike in the park.

16 days ago

Great short trail. If you get to Capitol Reef and don't have a ton of daylight left, this is your hike!

28 days ago

Can be heavy traffic, but plenty of alone places when you get near the top.

hiking
30 days ago

This hike is short and sweet and right off the roadway. While it was a quick intro to Capitol reef, it seemed like the real heart of the park was to the west of this area—wish we had chosen something among the deep red rock formations. The trailhead was busy with less-seasoned hikers, so I would consider this more of a tourist stop than a real hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike. Good destination. Easy hike compared to Cassidy Arch.

1 month ago

Great trail! Took my two boys(6 and 4) with us. 6 year old didn't have any issues but the 4 year old struggled in the begining. Midway there is some interesting things to check out. the natural bridge is breathtaking and you should sit and enjoy it before heading back.

1 month ago

This is a perfect trail for kids, it’s busy, very easy, and the bridge is amazing.

1 month ago

Confusing trail, but pretty neat. You feel like you are on a different planet. The hike is up hill 60% of the time, but not too bad. Keep an eye open for all the sites along the trail (arches) there are also many different features that might trick you in to thinking you found the Hickman Bridge. This feature is enormous, you will know when you get to it.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a good trail. First half has a few switchbacks with some elevations gain but the bridge is amazing. We went around 8:30 AM on a Thursday and we only saw about four people. Would highly recommend.

3 months ago

The most popular trail in a not very busy park. Once you get to the part of the trail that loops, make sure to go right in a counter clockwise direction to get the most stunning approach

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike to see a natural bridge in a beautiful National Park! It didn't take too long, but the first part to Hickman Bridge was all gain. After that part, the rest is fairly easy. Worth the heat if you go mid-day in late June!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, had a great vantage point to watch the sunset from. We also had good views of some of the rock formations that inspired them to name the park after capitol buildings.

5 months ago

Worth the walk!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a quick easy hike. It was the busiest trailhead we saw in the park.

hiking
6 months ago

Great short hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Very busy but short and nice

7 months ago

Short but beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Great, short trail

9 months ago

Easy nice Hike.

9 months ago

This was a fun and relatively easy hike. Our teenage kids liked it and the view was nice. If your looking for a nice little adventure do this hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely worth your time. Hike past the arch for a little more adventure. Good scramble just past the arch up to the rim.

hiking
9 months ago

Saw a cute chipmunk!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hiking. Not much shade in the first part. Neat little cave with skylights. Can walk through the arch... amazing view!!

hiking
10 months ago

A mostly easy hike to a signature natural bridge in Utah. The hardest parts were the switchbacks, so make sure you're prepared to gain lots of elevation in the first portion. The bridge is absolutely incredible.

10 months ago

Easy hike. Enjoyed the views.

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy trail - but, if you're just passing through the park this is close to the visitors center. You get views along the way of what the park can offer with a very cool bridge, keep going a little bit around the bridge to get some great pictures (can see paths that others have taken to go off trail a bit). This NP has bridges and Arches NP has the arches....arches are much more freestanding. Great park, not large as the case with most in Utah. They are all incredible, despite their size.

10 months ago

Loved this trail! We went about 6 am and had most of the trail to ourselves on the way to the bridge. Lots of cool rock formations, variation in color and patterns, great vistas and manageable trail with kids.

hiking
10 months ago

3/10 Difficulty. Unbelievable, I suggest continue on to Rim Overlook, my favorite hike in all of utah. Its like Mars and its breathtaking in all directions, everystep of the way.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a short .9-1 mile trail up to the Bridge. You will ascend close to 400 feet total when it's all said and done. The first .5 mile has the most gain, and really isn't bad at all. If you have any fear of heights, the only bad part is by the first switch back section. It's really not bad. My wife, who is deadly afraid of heights made it through just fine. The trail consists of a well worn obvious pathway all the way to the bridge. There is a spot just before the bridge that has some cairns marking the way. Make sure to bring water with you, and don't be fooled by the short distance. It gets very hot in this area.

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