Maple Canyon Arch Trail

EASY 32 reviews

Maple Canyon Arch Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Green, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Maple Canyon is a fabulous place in general to explore, full of incredible rock climbing routes, slot canyons, and pristine forest. While in Maple Canyon, venture down a well-used trail up to the Arch. This is a natural archway that extends over an alcove on the south side of the Middle Fork of Maple Canyon. Once at the arch there are many bouldering opportunities to get a higher vantage point of the arch itself. Parking is $3

12 days ago

We hiked up to the arch with 5 kids 11-3. It was beautiful and shaded most of the hike. The only tough part for the kids was a lot of loose rock, but overall we loved it!

1 month ago

Our family enjoyed this hike. The arch was beautiful and so was the view under the arch. It was a little steep to get up to the arch but we braved it and no one got hurt. Round trip our phones clocked 2 miles.

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1 month ago

Our stats 2.7 miles, 676 ft differed from Alltrails (3.5 miles, 1181 ft), so we actually found this trail easy (though we did not go all the way up and under the arch, as it was steep near the arch and we wanted to get down safely)! (Interestingly, my iPhone compass measured elevation gain differently at only 560 ft.) Well, easier than stated. We started at 8am (on a Saturday, when the campground was full and also plenty of people camping dispersed), so there was no one on the trail, but by the time we exited, people were entering and also starting to climb some of the rock faces closer to the trailhead. I was waiting about a year to do this trail, and found it well worth the wait. In addition to the trail, the drive to the trail and the campground that surrounds the trail are all very scenic. It is quite a heavily trafficked area. There are fees to use this area, $5 for day use unless you have the National Park pass, then it's free. There are pit toilets in the campground.

9 months ago

Saw a bear on the trail. But still cool. We did it in flip flops so it's definitely not hard. I imagine it would be pretty stunning in the early fall but it was pretty dead and gray by the time we did it. Arch was ok, not as big as I expected.

10 months ago

I love this trail. I think it's so cool to suddenly come upon the be beautiful arch!
We like to do the loop as well. It makes it a pretty good short but heart pumping hike.

10 months ago

I absolutely love this canyon. This is one of three trails that are up there. There is the arch, a cave, and a beautiful hike to the top. It is also a popular rock climbing area so can catch a peak at Rock climbing.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Well marked trail. Only shared the trail with one other family in passing. Amazing canyon.

Monday, June 12, 2017

nice little trail. mostly up. turn right at the sign and definitely check out the viewpoint if you have some energy and time. Beautiful view and it's a loop so a lot of downhill the way back.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful trail. The arch was very impressive.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

we really liked it. the boys handled it well for being 5 and 3.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

great little hike little of an up hike but not too steep. very unique rock. Lots of shade. Would like to come back and do the loop and left fork as well.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

The trail to the arch is marked as only .5 miles (one-way), if you do the entire loop the total distance is around 3.5 miles). I've made a detailed post (with tracks) about the loop trail (including the arch and the cave and slot canyons) at http://utahtim.com/2015/07/maple-canyon-loop/

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fabulous. One of the most interesting trails I've encountered. This canyon is made of a rare rock conglomerate; small to medium rocks of every color but blue 'sealed' together by some geological oddity. The Arch trail is well marked, easy to moderate, becoming steepish toward the top. Coming down the right fork to form a loop, it turns into a more gradual descent as it is a rough dirt road. Safe for the most part and very scenic. A treasure trove for rock hounds. But don't try taking them home.

Friday, June 15, 2012

It was a short hike from the main parking lot in Maple Canyon. You must pay $3 to park at the lot. Be sure to take the middle fork trail, not the Left fork trail. There are signs that mark the way. There are fun climbing opportunities around and behind the arch.

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