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Great, unique hike and one of my favorites. Started at 5:30 am to beat the heat and crowds. Park is open 24 hours so you can enter at any time and display your park pass as there is no gate attendant in the early hours. There are no strenuous elevation gains but slightly technical at times. There is one area near the beginning of the trail (going clockwise) where you are on top of a "fin". You will see a makeshift ladder to get you down from the fin but DON'T climb down it. Continue walking on top of the fin to the end to find an easy way down.

hiking
1 day ago

Multiple arch hike. After passing Landscape arch this get interesting. Plan for some climbing but nothing to crazy.

Beautiful hike. Did it at the beginning of June. We tried to start early, around 7:30, but took us a while to get our park pass at the main entrance. They need to figure out how to expedite that a little better. The trail is pretty exposed the whole way, so plenty of sunscreen and water are a must. I had 3 liters and it was enough. Plus a couple small gatorades. We went to dark angel at the end of the loop and came back the same way. Left side with Navajo arch. What an amazing place. Beautiful landscape.

Great and challenging trail! This is not a difficult hike, but there are definitely some “sketchy” parts if you’re afraid of heights (like me).

We went counterclockwise (so, started towards the right side) and it was the best decision we could have made. It’s much easier going up than down when you’re afraid of heights... we still got nervous in some parts, but only enough to make you feel proud when having gone through it!

Took us 4 hours and we stopped at all arches.

really nice hike. keep walking through the arch to continue to tapestry arch about a half mile further.

Wait! What? what is this advice of going counter clockwise? i did the loop this afternoon and it was hot as hell...no wonder they call it the devil's garden.
the arches were great. Despite it being hot and much more difficult there is peace in having a trail all to yourself. I only brought two bottles of water (and truth be told an ipa I drank on the way up). I had to conserve. The primitive portion was hotter than the rest due to less breezes. It was easy to overheat there walking in all that endless sand.

We did the extended primitive loop and took everyone here's advice to go clockwise. That was a great choice! The arches were nice, but nowhere near the experience of delicate arch. The views were nice, but not for the work it took to get there. I didn't think the heights were that bad and I'm not a fan of heights.

only 0.2 miles one way. so there and back 0.4 mi total if you go directly there and don't do the loop. very cool petroglyphs.

Absolutely wonderful! wear chacos or hiking sandals. you walk through a lot of sand but also climb rocks. also bring PLENTY of water. at least 32oz for yourself. lastly bring a face scarf. the second half of the trail (towards campsite) gets windy and it whips up in your face. AMAZING!!!

This hike was amazing, but be warned: if you have a fear of heights (at least when it comes to places you could be seriously hurt if you fell), this hike could cause you to face your fears! Although it was really mentally challenging for me and I had to sit down/slide and crawl through 2 sections, it was a joy to see so many arches up close.

on Klondike Bluffs

5 days ago

13 old granddaughter drove from the park today good drive with nice views no other cars on trail

on Klondike Bluffs

hiking
5 days ago

Fun drive to the trailhead. Hike itself is fun, not many people. Some strenuous climbing at the beginning but evens out and ends with a nice view of an arch. Best hike of Arches NP!

Hiked this today. It’s one of my favorite hikes ever! It’s not easy but not too difficult. I loved climbing high up onto the rocks and the views take your breath away.
We followed the cairns to stay on trail. It would be easy to get lost if you don’t pay attention. We went clockwise and I’m glad that we did. The last couple of miles were sandy and got my heart going a little.
Don’t miss this hike and definitely make it to Dark Angel.

Great hike! I personally like wooded hikes better than desert hikes, but when in Utah, right!? Very hot (mid June) but we survived with the winds cooling us down, 3.5 liters of water each, and plenty of snacks! The arches are really beautiful and we especially loved the double o arches. Took us about 5.5 hours with breaks. Wear sunscreen!

Excellent hike to the arches. Some trails not marked but enough peoe yo help out. Highly recommend early morning but stay away from the non heat.

Primitive part of the trail. Great. Let me tell you I’m in no way fit. Really. Not fit at all. Other reviews scared me, but the hardest part of the primitive trail is the last mile (maybe more or less) it’s all uphill & sandy to get out of the canyon and back to the regular trail. I’m a novice & the cairns were extremely easy to find. Definitely go clockwise, there was 1 or 2 steep slickrock drops that seem extremely hard going counter. Take your time, bring water, don’t let other reviews deter you. Oh and go early, I went 7:30-12:00 and the last bit was terrible in the heat.

A really easy trail with a few nice scrambles. Some false cairns may take you off the trail so just be sure you are keeping track of where you are going. Two liters of water is a must. This hike is a must do if you come to Arches. Beyond double o arch the amount of hikers decreases significantly.

Beautiful and relatively easy!! Great hike for anyone!!

off road driving
13 days ago

Wow what a rush this trail was! We did it backwards as well. :)

hiking
15 days ago

After reading the reviews I was feeling nervous about all of the heights, but this hike was spectacular! Each scramble and climb on open rock surfaces was thrilling!! Don’t miss out on this hike! Getting to the trailhead early is the best way to go. This way you avoid the extreme heat!

Wonderful trail. Did this hike on 5/30.

Did this trail 5/31 or so. Great trail, pretty easy at first then a good interesting scramble up some cool fins. Once we reached the Double O arch the trail gets much less clearly marked and we ended up lost and in the desert. Granted we aren't the most expert hikers, but this is the only time that has ever happened to me. Still, great arches, beautiful views and had that not happened it would have been a lovely and mildly challenging hike once you hit the primitive trail.

Awesome scenery and great views. Sand Dune Arch was the highlight for kids and the scrambling through some fins at the end was my favorite!

Several beautiful stops and detours for a nice meal break. The wilderness trail is great to avoid the crowds

Very busy, go early.

Hiked 5/27/18 around 5pm, fewer crowds as we hiked further along the trail. Half paved and half scramble-ish. Numerous beautiful views along the way, would rate as moderate towards the back end. Great spot to watch a sunset.

Beautiful trail.

Excelent trail, went clockwise. Popular on first leg of the trail. beautiful scenery all-around. Bring footwear that does not let in sand easily, as the last couple miles are not unlike walking on a beach. Make sure you get to dark angel.

I was really on the fence about the safety of this trail after reading/researching many sources. Agree with AllTrails moderate rating. Hiked it clockwise starting around 7:30 am with the family. Total of 4. 1 super fit petite 13 year old girl. 1 pretty fit 16 year old girl and 2 moderately fit adults. We are outdoorsy but not isolation experience type people. Dry weather no recent rains.

For us there was 1 mildly scary relatively long stretch along a relatively narrow fin. I would estimate the thinnest part to be 4 feet across with a chance to take a nasty spill if you aren’t focused on the trail. The youngest got a little shaken up by some cracks in the rocks that were pretty deep. But we got through it with older folks going ahead and behind her.

The most frightening part for us was a VERY short segment scrambling along a pretty steep ledge about 20 feet above the ground. The 13 year old in hiking boots lost her footing and was about to slide down when dad saved her. This is in the primitive section after the last named arch going clockwise. She would hike it again though! It was a little crowded at the ledge at this point of the day with parties going in both directions. I think if we had waited a bit to let more people pass, observe how they navigated it and waited until we could really take our time it wouldn’t have been such a big deal.

If you hike it clockwise right after you pass landscape arch there is a rocky fin you climb up with cliff walls in either side. After you emerge at the top there is a fin to your left which provides an opportunity to test how nervous you might be hiking along a relatively narrow fin. If either of those experiences are completely nerve wracking, this is not your hike! Turn around and seek other adventures!

Otherwise, dress appropriately, wear actual hiking shoes/boots and prepare for a great day in the park!

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