Explore the most popular hiking trails near Torrey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
21 hours ago

This drive is AMAZING! It is unforgettable and I would highly recommend it!

To start get the map for “Cathedral Loop” at Capital Reef’s visitor center. It is a guide for this entire drive and it explains the geology, ecology and history you will want to have to get the most from the trip.

We went in an unmodified Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4x4 and made the whole trip fine in 4 wheel drive. The mucky parts were no issue as long as you don’t stop in them. There were very few mucky parts actually but do check the weather before heading in and do start with the drive through the river because if you can’t make that part you don’t want to leave it for the end and have to turn around and go back 64 miles!!!

What you see in the park does not even compare to what you will see in this loop. We saw 4 vehicles the whole day! We started at 9am at the Visitors Center to zero our trip counter and followed our guide book. We finished at 5:12 PM. Storms are typical in the afternoon so again check that out and carry extra water and food.

Again this trip is totally worth it. I worry now that I will never top this drive! It is that good!

Great for a night hike!

hiking
12 days ago

If you don't mind some bumpy, dusty, remote dirt roads and you have a high clearance vehicle this is a good alternative to a hike, And when you get to the Cathedral Valley, i think that you'll be amazed by the formations.

on Cassidy Arch Trail

hiking
12 days ago

If you don't do the rappels this is an easy, well marked trail that is great for all the family. And a view of the arch from above is unique. My nephews did the rappel route and they loved it.

off road driving
14 days ago

We did this in a group of 3 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons and the first part up from Bown's Reservoir is very pleasant. However, once you start on the South Draw Road portion of the track, it becomes very difficult. Easy perhaps for mountain bikes, but challenging for jeeps. My friends in the other two Rubicons had lifts and larger tires, whereas I had a stock Rubicon. Needless to say, they were doing better than I. There were a few spots where my jeep was tilting toward a sheer drop and the only thing that kept me going was the knowledge that my friends ahead of me made it without rolling. Once you arrive at Capitol Gorge, it is a very easy paved road of course.

hiking
18 days ago

I'd actually give this 3 1/2 stars, but no half star option, and the serenity of the hike takes it to 4 instead of 3.

Did this hike on Sunday, June 24th. Lots of slickrock sections, but nothing wrong with that. Weather was warm, and there's no water to be had so carry plenty.

Once we got past the overlook (about 2 miles in) we only saw one other couple on the trail. Parking at the TH is way crowded, but they're all doing the short walk to Hickman Bridge, so don't let a lot of cars be a turnoff.

The view from the absolute top was a bit underwhelming, and I imagine that comment is going to set some hair on fire, but it is. Views are relative, and this view compared to ones from the MuleyTwist area are kind of disappointing.

On the flip side, the trail crosses numerous side canyons that beckon, and if/when I do this again I'll definitely make sure to have some spare time to explore a few of them.

Sadly no water in the tanks in early June 2018.

19 days ago

It was a fun trail! Sunny so best to do when it’s cooler.

No water at the top of the tanks, and I couldn’t tell how much longer the trail went after that on the map :( but it was a nice break from driving ! You’ll need a 4x4 car to get there, and if there are clouds in the sky check the weather for possible flooding in the area. Clearly that wasn’t an issue for us since the trail was fairly dry

hiking
21 days ago

This is a trail with a striking visual payoff once you reach the Hickman Bridge. I hiked it on a weekday at 5:30 pm 93 degrees and sunny. The beginning of the trail has the main elevation gain via several series of "stairs", wiggles, and structured inclines made of slick rock and dirt. This is not easy if you have cardiac issues, knee problems, balance issues, or are not used to the altitude. Once you reach the "top" you will hike across a completely exposed desert area until you reach the next series of wiggles down to the canyon floor. The views are really great here and you can spend time gazing at Capitol Dome and Pectols Pyramid. The trail continues through the sandy wash with trees and some shade. On the approach to the bridge you will be hiking on slick rock and climbing over other smaller rocks. I took the clockwise loop - it was not well marked and I ended up on a ledge with a sign that told me this was not the trail. Making my way back I wandered a bit and took a slight right and suddenly the Hickman Bridge appeared. You can continue under the bridge and pick up the trail again. Most of the trail will be hiking in a general direction with the path you choose as it is often across rocks and markers (such as 15) may be down. I suggest plenty of water, go later in the day so the canyon cools off for the return trip, bring trekking poles, and expect to spend more time on the hike due to the heat and exploring areas like the little natural arches.

lovely views and rock formations at thd top :)

hiking
25 days ago

Fun and easy trail. We spend some time hanging out on the back side of the arch and watched the birds and the chipmunks. There isn't much shade on the trail so bring lots of water.

29 days ago

cool hidden arch. Idk if this trail was easy though...

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. Definitely budget time to do this!

hiking
1 month ago

awesome, fairly quick hike with beautiful, fun terrain along the way and an awesome payout at the end. More moderate/strenuous than easy. Hardly anyone on the trail. Have to do a bit of easter egg hunting for the trail markers, but that’s always fun :) Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice out and back tail with some easy challenges. The prizes were the beautiful natural bridge at the end and the nice cool river to soak your feet in back at the trailhead. The moderate climb from the river was enough to get your heart pumping but it was relatively easygoing from there, minus a few scrambles around boulders at the pinnacle. We sat our pack chairs in the Fremont River near the trailhead and had a picnic, complete with a great local heffenweizen, when we returned. It was one of my favorite hikes in the area!

This hike was alright, but definitely not a hike I would consider to even be moderate. The only difficult thing about this hike is the heat and the constant sun. Hiked this on June 6th and it was 92 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky. The history markers were probably the best part. I was personally really looking forward to the water tanks but they were all dried out which was really disappointing.

One of my favorite hikes in Capital Reef. Very easy and very scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was awesome. Tough for my parents who don't hike much, but I had no problems. We started at the parking lots by the campgrounds and made the initial tough ascent, but once you turn the corner and enter the canyon it becomes magical. I would recommend this for anyone. Just don't let the first hill scare you! We continued on to Hickman Bridge and altogether it took about 4 hours with frequent stops for my parents to rest.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Only 1 mile to Blind Lake if you drive all the way to the TH. Read my full trail guide with a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/06/hiking-to-blind-lake-boulder-mountain.html

AMAZING!!!! This trail is so fun! The views and feeling of it were unbeatable. We did the slot canyons right off of the trail, and made lasting memories. I would recommend this trail to anyone and everyone.

it's hard to see the beauty at the beginning but it gets better every time.

hiking
1 month ago

After turning off the paved highway, you weave your way up the mountain on a dirt road. Once you start passing campsites and other visitors, you start to really climb. The views are awesome, just go slow to watch for other vehicles coming from the other direction around blind corners. We had a low profile vehicle so we stopped and parked along the way and walked the rest of the way up to the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked by a map with a very faint "You are here" and an arrow. That is where the fun begins. To the right, the road continues to another lake, to the left of the trailhead marker is a small path into a fairly dense treeline. Through the trees, the trail is easy to follow, just keep climbing and you will come to a clearing where you can see out over the trees below. Keep hiking up, and follow the path, you will pass several smaller ponds, most of which are dry before reaching the real lake. Watch out for the high altitude for the out of towners, it will really start to affect how fast you can travel uphill. Just take many short breaks and remember to breath with every step. The path winds up and around the canyon until the lake pops out of the trees. When you see the crystal clear water of the Blind Lake, you will feel immediately refreshed.

Set in front of a giant canyon wall lined with trees, Blind Lake is cool and clean. The perfect place to rest and take in all of Southern Utah's natural beauty. The lake is very large and there were even snow banks remaining in May. Nobody was around on the day of our visit and it was so peaceful and quiet. you can see the bottom of the lake and each individual rock along the beach. The wonderful views and beautiful lake were such a wonderful experience, I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful in late afternoon light, with a nice overlook of the rest of the park. Starts with a strenuous uphill with switchbacks that settles into a meandering loop around the mesa.

Awesome trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice fairly easy hike with some great views along the way. The bridge was beautiful and you get to hike right through it.

Really enjoyed this hike due to the scenery and history behind it. Pretty easy but fairly confusing to find the tanks, still makes for a nice adventure.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail starting from the Hickman Bridge parking lot. Across the street you start out on the Cohab Canyon trail (sign may be blocked by vehicles parked on the road) and go about 3/4 of a mile to the interesection with the Frying Pan trail (sign marks the intersection). There are bathrooms available in the parking lot.

From this direction, most of the hike was uphill, but that just makes the return hike easier! Once you pick up the Frying Pan Trail, be sure to look for cairns marking the way. The views on this hike were amazing! Just beautiful! We passed some other hikers, but not too many. So you can have a nice peaceful hike and enjoy the beauty and scerenity.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike. The beginning of the trail is where you gain all of the elevation. The trail loops under the bridge which is gorgeous. Probably the best "bang for your buck" hike in the park.

Nice, easy hike. Would be good for kids. Consider the water tanks as optional. This is because they aren't easy to find and the trail is kind of hard to follow. The rest of the canyon before it was great and the pioneer inscriptions were cool to see.

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