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Hickman Bridge Trail

MODERATE 707 reviews

Hickman Bridge Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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. 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
rocky
2 days ago

Hickman bridge is very impressive and it’s an easy trail to get there. The trail loops under the bridge. It isn’t marked very well in some spots but not to the point where you can’t figure it out. The trail (and park) was very quiet with not many people.

scramble
11 days ago

a fun, quick hike do to for a delightful arch view. easily jogable

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail. We did it as a complement to the hike to the Rim Overlook. It is worth the detour. The bridge is awesome.

hiking
17 days ago

Completed in 30-35 minutes. Nice trail, well documented. Both shaded & sunny sections. Excellent beginner hike.

rocky
25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Great little hike impresive arch

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Very good trail up a rocky canyon to a scenic natural bridge. Fairly busy for a Thursday in early November.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail with 5 kids, youngest 6. Was fun with beautiful towering formations all along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice hike, but nowhere near close to being the best at Capitol Reef. The views are good, though not great. It's quite easy. It's also quite short - I sprinted up there because I started an hour before sunset but eventually it took me 45 minutes both ways. In general, however, I would recommend doing the Cassidy Arch Trail instead or continue on to the Rim Overlook or even Navajo Knobs Trails at the intersection .3 miles in (from which you will also see the Hickman Bridge by the way).

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice,quick trail with good arch midway

hiking
1 month ago

If this hike was long or strenuous, then it would rate a little lower, as much of the trail is a little mundane. However, it is a super short and easy trek, and the bridge is really quite impressive for the amount of work (or lack thereof) that you have to put in. This is a must-do hike in Capitol Reef, and extremely accessible compared to the other must-do hikes of different national parks. Even in mid/late October it was quite hot, so get an early start!

Quick arch trail. Nice views. Cool arch.

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike, slightly strenuous for two old guys on the uphill stretch. Well worth the effort with sandy flat areas between climb and decents. Enjoyed the bridge/arch section. There were some wasps nearby, but able to avoid. Quite hot at mid day Sept 27.

iconic trail. great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

the bridge is nice

2 months ago

Short hike to a pretty arch. It takes a loop under the arch, so you can see it from both sides.

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly short hike. Make sure to follow the sign at the beginning of the loop section. This will have you approach the arch from below which is more dramatic of a view. Beginning of hike is mostly uphill, longer stretches of flat, sandy trail through diverse terrain.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was more vertical than anything. The arch was spectacular at the end and there’s a hidden cave off to the right about half way up that was kind of cool to take pictures. Did this during the middle of the day so it was hot.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to a perfect archway. In the morning was a good time since it wasn't too crowded and the lighting was great for a few photos.

hiking
2 months ago

easy hike to a nice natural arch. The lone hike we did in Capitol Reef NP - pretty cool

hiking
2 months ago

Last time I did this I was 16yo! 20 years later... still a beautiful hike. Started the hike at 630pm and passed a few hikers leaving, but had the place to myself for awhile. The bridge is huge and lots of photo opportunities from different angles. Definitely a must do hike in the park!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike!

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

This was a good hike with steep inclines at the beginning but is rocky and less steep later. I would recommend going early in the morning to keep from getting full sun

hiking
3 months ago

Little shade but beautiful and not busy.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice in between hike

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