Hike Cassidy Arch

Torrey, Utah

4.3/5
based on 7 reviews

Details

Distance

3.5 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Nick Oman

This hike offers a stunning payoff, standing on top of a spectacular arch. You'll also have opportunities to explore beautiful overlooks of Capitol Reef N.P. and dark skies for night photography,

Follow the scenic road just past the Fruita Campground to the first dirt road on the left. The dirt road meanders through cool rock formations (great for night photography) and eventually dramatic cliffs that you will be climbing up. The parking area is obvious and there are primitive restrooms. Follow the well-marked trail into the canyon until you reach the Cassidy trailhead on your left.

Once on the trail follow the maintained rock steps and cairns leading you up fairly quickly in a short amount of time. This is the part that takes a little exertion, but once on top, it levels out. Follow the trail cairns and take note, there is a trail backpackers and overnighters take back to the Fruita Campground. As long as you stay left and are able to see the dirt road you drove in on, you will be fine.

Near the arch, there is a little bit of scrambling, but nothing too difficult. Take it all in from up top and enjoy. It's not everyday you get to walk on top of an arch.

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Reviews

This hike was one of my favorite spots in Capitol Reef. Although at points the trail became difficult to follow as it passed over long stretches of red rock, if you follow the cairns there is no danger of getting lost. The hike held spectacular vistas and not many people were on it even in the middle of the day. It had a characteristic Capitol Reef feel.

If you are in Capital Reef or even just passing through, stop and hike Cassidy Arch. Very easy to get to as you turn left into Grand Wash right off the Scenic Drive, and follow the road to the end. Following the cairns is very fun, and provide some unique photographs.

In general, Capitol Reef doesn't get a ton of visitors, so crowds are not as big of a problem here. IF you go early like we did, there will be little to no-one. It was awesome. The only other people that were there were repelling down through the arch to the road, pretty sick.

The hike is easy, not crowded, and Cassidy Arch looks incredible! Be careful of passing thunderstorms, they warned us of lightning strikes while we're out there.

This is a really cool hike in Capitol Reef. It is fun to go out on the arch and look down. It is not to strenuous and most everyone could complete it. It does get a little crowded though so if you want the arch to yourself, go early.

One of my favorite hike to this day. Especially early morning.

Very rewarding hike with beautiful and stark scenery along the way. Standing on such a big arch so high up is a rare experience so spend some time there.

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Nearby

Explore the Orchards and Gifford House of Capitol Reef

Drive the Scenic Drive in Capitol Reef National Park

Hike to Hickman Natural Bridge

Hike Navajo Knobs

Hike the Grand Wash, Capitol Reef National Park

Take in the View at Sunset Point, Capitol Reef NP