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love this hike

Very awesome trail. Did it around sun down. Watching the sunset from the ridge near the arches is par none

very lovely, beautiful fins to walk on!

Amazing scenery! Unique views the whole way.

Beautiful hike, for most of it I felt like we were on a nice stroll but then we came to a steep cliff that everyone was shuffling across/down. You definitely need grippy hiking boots or shoes. We have hiked around most of this country in sneakers from Target and have never once had an issue. This is the first time we truly felt we needed hiking boots. The rocks were so slippery. A woman mentioned it might have been from the recent rain. A wonderful man helped me down and a couple other guys helped us both. We ended up going down barefoot bc our sneakers had no grip. We did the full loop. This cliff was part of the primitive trail. Great hike - wear proper shoes.

Love this area. hiked multiple times

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5 days ago

This is a nice hike. Although the trailhead can be very crowded. The section along the rock fin when approach the Arch was a lot of fun.

We tacked this hike on after the Fiery Furnace, and enjoyed the view from high above the park.

Being afraid of heights, having to walk on two fins on this hike was probably the scariest part. Other than that, the hike was very manageable (easy-moderate rather than hard imo) for a scaredy-cat like me. It was windy at some parts too so hold on to your hats if you need! There were many people we saw that did the trail, from kids to elderly couples so don’t be afraid to do it! 4 stars only because it’s a heavily trafficked trail in the middle of the day. Views of arches, fiery furnace, and walking between canyons made this hike very worth it to me.

it was cool to see all these arches in a single hike, they're all quite different. it was worth checking out dark angel and hiking the primitive trail as there were less people around as most turn back after seeing 'double o' or even earlier. another hiker warned me of a snake on the primitive trail, didn't see anything though.

So fun and rewarding ! Get up early we were there in the dark and saw the sunrise ! So special

This may be the best hike I've ever completed. We started around 6:30pm, NOT RECOMMENDED. We encountered 4 other hikers that were completely lost at sunset. 2 of the were attempting to hike clockwise without headlamps or any source of light. This is extremely dangerous and they very well may have not made it out. I believe this trail should be rated as Difficult. I am glad we did not encourage our whole group to try. At a certain point after Landscape Arch, there is no going back. To many narrow ridge walks and steep/slipper slopes to make the return harrowing.

That being said, start early or equip yourself with enough water and light to make it through the entire hike. The second half of the primitive trail is not marked well and you will encounter wildlife. Passed several deer on the way out. They certainly watched us closely. Can't wait to do this hike again. This is the flagship hike of Arches Park. You will not be disappointed.

If you decide to continue on Primitive Loop the cairns can be hard to find so always be cognitive of the direction you’re headed in. You will have to create your own path in certain areas. Amazing hike though!

23 days ago

We took the advice of others and did it counter-clockwise and started around 8am. I highly recommend this. Great hike to see multiple arches. There are some slick rocks that were tricky but not impossible.

Great hike. Lots of variety of arches. Lots of slickrock.

Go early. Do it COUNTER-clockwise.

Really pretty. We did the whole loop counter clockwise took about 3 and a half hours.

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28 days ago

It’s alright, as someone mentioned before it only gets you closer to view the arch. I think there is a trail that comes to the arch from the other side because we saw people walking around under it but it’s impossible to access it from this trail.

Pretty cool; don’t think this hike is even close to 0.5 miles though, way less! It’s just a loop that cuts off of the Delicate Arch trail and the petroglyphs are awesome to see in person.

Didn’t get the chance to hike the whole loop since it was too late in the day, but what we did get to was beautiful. It’s located close to the campground where we stayed which was nice. It was well marked and had a gorgeous sunset.

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1 month ago

Great medium-length hike of moderate intensity in Arches! The path was easy to follow and, except for one short stretch which required you to amble up some sand stone rocks through a ravine, it was fairly easy. I hiked this with my friend who was carrying her 2 year old in a backpack. We didn’t see other children on the trail because parts like what I just described would have been dangerous for them on their own. In a backpack, they’re fine! Beautiful views and you have a wonderful place to rest and have a snack in a sandy valley once you reach Double O Arch.

Amazing hike with some absolutely stunning views of canyons/arches. So many contrasting colors. Bring lots of water as it’s hot and dry. Some technical spots that only those with proper shoes and fitness should attempt.

Great hike that is challenging but doable. As previously noted...start early. We started at 6:15 am and there was already a group at the first Arch. The number of people thinned out quickly after that as the trail picks up from a nice stroll to a bit of scrambling. We did it clockwise and finished in 4.5 hrs. We are both 67.

Climbed a little fin off to the side was fun.

A fun hike for this 59 year old. Some challenges but more fun than scary! So glad I did it!

What a great hike for a couple of 60 year olds! Went to Double O then turned back, and was not disappointed! Don’t skip Partition and Navajo. Some scrambling, hiking atop a fin (not for those with a fear of heights!), and opportunities to go down on all fives. Lol. Great experience for confidence building. Yes, I can do this!

Amazing hike! It was fun to see each of the unique arches and we finished the hike with the Primitive trail. Definitely start early and bring plenty of water (more than you would think). We didn’t find the side trail to the Dark Angel worth it with the heat. The primitive trail is a very unique trail climbing up and around large rocks, it kept us on our toes looking for the cairns.

Really awesome hike, we did this with the primitive loops! About half way through the hike, be prepared to scale down or up a wall depending on which way you are coming from.

A great Hike. Like others say, start early.....we started at 8am but 7am would have been even better as if you plan to do Primative loop as we did then the last 45 minutes back to the Landscape Arch (assuming a clockwise loop) could be a little punishing if not adequately prepared on a hot day.
The Arches are all fantastic in their own way and quite unique. We enjoyed a treat of mother and young deer feeding at Landscape Arch which was great. If you choose to take the Primative loop and assuming it is dry then there is nothing too difficult although if in doubt spot the cairns (rock piles) which indicate the way. Also around Double O arch of you wish to find the Primative loop (again clockwise) then pass through the arch and pass around the fin to find the trail. That was the most difficult part of the trail to stay on. We took just over 4 hours with 2 children (15and12. Very rewarding hike. Primative Loop only has one arch (Private Arch) which is beautiful but for the less confident then just turn back after Double O arch would be my suggestion.

Great views but bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking into the afternoon. Start early if you want to avoid the heat.

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