Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cannondale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Trail goes to the only large natural arch in the park.

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1 month ago

This trail offers decent vista views but the arch is nothing to get excited about. For a challenge at the end, one can take the slickrock cut-off (it's marked). Almost stepped on a rattlesnake, so be wary that they like this trail.

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4 months ago

This hike had beautiful views of the Kodachrome basin. Loved the red stone colors against the lush trees in the basin, spectacular contrast. The arch was pretty cool. The hike itself was easy and the path was well marked. It has a few side paths/trails that you can explore if you have the time and are eager for more views. It’s one of the hikes that’s a bit away from the other trails and so it’s kind of secluded, not much traffic. The road to the trail head is a dirt road, it was a bit rough (wash board type) in some sections but could totally be passable by a sedan, no 4x4 needed.

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6 months ago

To see the arch, and not take the trail, take a right at the trailhead, and walk in about .3 miles. Turn back to car. To hike the entire trail (like we did), keep following the trail around the back side of the arch to see other alcoves, rock formations and the wide, expansive desert. We felt this hike was not strenuous nor technical, though there were ups and downs. It can feel long ... but take water with you and a few snacks and it will be awesome! We did this hike between 9am-11am in the morning, and it being January the sunrise was from behind the arch about 10am. If you want solitude you can find it here on a day the park isn't busy. When we came, we were the only ones on the trail!

See video: https://youtu.be/eDq24-9VJ5w

6 months ago

Beautiful scenery, but trail a little tight in a couple of places. Enjoyed it a lot!

hiking
10 months ago

I loved this hike! there's not a lot of shade, so plan accordingly. We took the "slick rock" trail to finish the loop and it was beautiful. If you're physically able, you'll definitely want to consider going that way.
beautiful views all around.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Short hike, easy to the arch and then it gets slightly more difficult. There's not a lot of shade on the trail. Views were awesome! This is a neat state park.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Hiking to Shakespeare Arch is fun but the hiking afterward was my favorite part. All kids (ages 5-14) loved it. Beautiful views on the hike. Did it in the evening and enjoyed the shadows.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Easy .3 mile to the arch. Hiked the loop. There is cutoff trail that climbs to the top of the rock. We stayed on the main trail.

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Go counter clockwise it you want to see the arch first. But finish the whole trial there is lots more to see. There was a little snow on the ground this time of year.

Friday, May 13, 2016

A fun loop, nice views. We did go the wrong way at one point which became an adventure, but fun making memories. We went on a beautiful spring day and it was perfect.

hiking
Saturday, October 03, 2015

Located in a corner of Kodachrome Basin State Park, the Shakespeare Arch trail is reached via an unpaved road (be sure to get a map from the Park Visitor Center). Once there, you’ll encounter a short (1/2 mile up and back) trail to the only natural arch in the Park.

NOTE: Even though the trail is short, it is almost completely exposed, so you should wear a hat and sunscreen. The trail itself is rocky in several areas, so proper shoes are strongly recommended.

The hike to the viewing area for the arch is not terribly tough and you’ll get an interesting view. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can scramble up the side of the hill next to the arch and continue along behind the arch on the Sentinel Trail, which by contrast is rated strenuous.

hiking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A few trails in this area. Easy hike. Not enough to spend a full day seeing. A cool place to walk around and enjoy the scenery. There is a trail that goes on top of the rocks that your walking around and it is really cool.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's at the end of a well maintained dirt road. The hike itself is also really well maintained and very well signed. It's a beautiful arch - we were told it's the only one in Kodachrome. We hiked on an unusually warm (60 + degrees) February day. Just a few muddy spots on the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In 1994, this trail was not well developed. I don't remember it being a loop trail; you just went to the arch, and backtracked. As I recall, it was called "Utah's newest arch."

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