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Best trails in Torrey

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Looking for a great trail near Torrey, Utah? AllTrails has 49 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Capitol Reef National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 29 moderate trails in Torrey ranging from 1.8 to 71.2 miles and from 4,596 to 11,158 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Hickman Bridge Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
The Hickman Natural Bridge trail is a very relaxing and scenic trail in Capitol Reef National Park. A trail brochure - available at the trailhead - points out 17 things to observe along the hike. Notable among these are an indian granary, a small natural bridge called Nels Johnson Bridge, and, of course, Hickman Bridge.Show more
#2 - Cassidy Arch Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Cassidy Arch Trail provides astounding and beautiful views, so make sure to bring your camera! This trail first begins with a steep incline which is the most difficult part of the hike after that majority of the hike are moderate. Additionally, this trail is moderately exposed so it is recommended to bring a hat.Show more
#3 - Grand Wash Trail via Northeast Trailhead
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
#4 - Chimney Rock Loop Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a demanding 3.5 mile loop trail in Capitol Reef National Park located near Torrey, Utah that offers wide panoramic views along the Waterpocket Fold. Starting as a strenuous climb up switchbacks for the first quarter mile; then it becomes a moderate loop hike afterwards offering views of Chimney Rock and sweeping panoramas from the top of the mesa along the edge of the Waterpocket Fold. Chimney Rock is a natural spire, eroded out of the side of the mesa and stands 300 ft above the road. The trail ascends higher than the top of the chimney. After 300-ft climb, the loop trail more gradually ascends and circles the top of Mummy Cliff to the south of Chimney Rock. Since this is a loop, go whichever direction you wish, but most people end up going counterclockwise to finish the climb at the beginning of the loop trail to the cliffs. Chimney Rock was once part of same sediment bed solidified into Mummy Cliff and the rest of the mesa. But as the mesa eroded, Chimney Rock - made of harder stone - is positioned such that it can shrug off the mesa's winds and stone-splitting frosts; it formed a natural landmark more resistant to erosion than the surrounding sandstone. Chimney Rock Canyon is located at east side of mesa, and cuts way down to Spring Canyon, and then onto Hwy 24 and the Fremont River. Seemingly made of stacked sandstone bricks, Mummy Cliffs almost appear to be buttresses holding up edges of mesa. The cliffs mark the highest point of mesa, rising up out of Chimney Rock Canyon with rest of the slanted Waterpocket Fold. The hike can be extremely hot in the summer, so be sure to take plenty of water; also hiking poles are useful. The trail passes through the bright red-orange sandstone which is striking against other rock. This is the signature hike at Capitol Reef and can be crowded at times, but is still not to miss!Show more
#5 - Cohab Canyon Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
A hidden canyon with spur trails and overlooks. Strenuous climb of 320 feet from west to east up 1/4 mile switchback, then moderate. More gradual climb of 440 from east to west.Show more
#6 - Navajo Knobs Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
#7 - Sulphur Creek Route
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
While this route can be done as an out and back, hiking it as a one way is the more popular option. As this is a river canyon hike that is mostly downhill the route is typically done as a one-way, top-down hike requiring a car shuttle. You will need to park a car at each end if you want to do a one way. Be aware that due to increased visitation, limited parking at the Chimney Rock trail head, and concern for visitor safety crossing HWY 24, the park has moved the official trail head for Sulphur Creek to the south side of the highway. The new parking area is a large pullout located 0.25 miles west along highway 24, on the south side of the highway.Show more
#8 - Goosenecks & Sunset Point
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Goosenecks, vistas of the Capitol Reef, excellent sunsets Arrive in the last two hours before sunset on any evening and you will see photographers setting out their soul-catchers for a popular view in the park. Like mites or spiders, their tripods dot the landscape. Just look around them and enjoy the scenery. You've come for one thing: to watch the sunset. Though the trails are short, they do present hazards: a lack of shade during the day time, dangerous dropoffs at the points, and no water at the parking lot. Stick to the trails when you are crossing dirt so that you do not damage the cryptobiotic crust (which is literally living soil filled with bacteria that have taken thousands of years to build their inches tall towers -- one footstep in the wrong place and you've crunched Manhattan). You may walk on solid rock here, but watch for the ledges! It's a four hundred foot near vertical fall to Sulphur Creek! Time your visit right so that you see the whole show. The view under the full moon is stunning.Show more
#9 - Capitol Gorge Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
This hike follows the gorge for the first mile, varying in width from 50' in places to about 10' at its narrowest. You follow the dry creek bed down the middle of the gorge, and take the trail on the far left side of the gorge. About 1/4 mile into the hike you will see a sign for petroglyphs. After another 1/4 of a mile is the Pioneer Register. This is a series of names and dates from the late 1800's thru the early 1900's. Continuing down the gorge, you will come to a spur trail on your left, for the tanks. These are well worth the scramble up the rocks and slickrock. The trail is a series of switchbacks, marked with rock cairns, sometimes hard to follow. The tanks are a series of large potholes, some with water, some dry. Be sure and find the small arch in the drainage on your descent from the tanks.Show more
#10 - Rim Overlook Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
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