Phipps Arch Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Phipps Arch Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Escalante, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
505 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips




off trail

Phipps Arch stands high atop the north wall of Phipps Wash surrounded by sandstone knobs. The arch was formed when the erosive forces of ice, wind and water cut through a thick, low ridge of Navajo Sandstone.

3 months ago

There's a new barbed wire fence blocking the side canyon and access to the arch. The hike along the river is still very nice.

6 months ago

We hiked to Maverick Bridge and Phipps Arch via Phipps Wash, starting from Escalante River Trailhead, 14-1/2 miles south of the UT12/Burr Trailhead Road junction. Come prepared with river crossing gear, as we crossed once and had two occasions for ankle-deep water between river and canyon wall. Turn right into the wash, then right again into the first side canyon for Maverick Bridge. Coming back out of the bridge excursion, continue on up the wash, and turn left into the next side canyon. From here you're mostly on your own. Cairns are sketchy and trail is confusing at best. We carried a Falcon Guide book with us. After getting lost once, and almost giving up, we picked up the trail and found the arch. The final ascent is steep and involves a friction pitch. It is do-able, and you will be rewarded. Enjoy.

7 months ago

great hike but the last part is STEEP - I couldn't make it, too hot that day and had underestimated how much water I'd need and how tired I was. my football player buddy who's a hiking machine made to the top no problem, said it was great - would definitely give it another shot. the last bit can be confusing without a map - you walk into the last spur canyon and the trail seems to run to the back, but really you need to CLIMB TO THE LEFT - look for the cairns and keep looking up up up, you won't see it until you're on top because it faces the other way, back towards the river-ish