Hike the Maple Canyon Arch Loop

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Distance

4 miles

Elevation Gain

1500 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Travis Poulson

Explore the otherworldly formations of Maple Canyon in this outstanding loop hike. You’ll wander through conglomerate rock walls, see an impressive arch, and climb to a viewpoint overlooking the entire canyon.

If you’re a rock climber, you probably know all about Maple Canyon. It’s unique conglomerate walls attract climbers from all over the world. It’s a Mecca of sorts. The beautiful canyon contains some outstanding hiking as well and this adventure will give you a taste of the entire canyon.

The trailhead is located just south of Mount Nebo and is about a 1.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City. Exit I15 in Nephi and head east on highway 132 to the quint little town of Fountain Green. From here just follow the signs to Maple Canyon to the west.

The loop trail is 4 miles long and climbs 1500 feet. Within a mile, you’ll come to an arch made from the same unique conglomerate rock. It almost looks like decomposing cement from an ancient civilization. But in reality, it’s a petrified river delta from millions of years ago. 

After exploring the arch, the loop trail climbs out of the canyon to a viewpoint of the entire area. In the fall, the colors from this vantage point are fantastic. The loop then drops into the Right Fork and wanders through pine forests past several great climbing spots to the main road and trailhead.

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