Chimney Rock - Spring Canyon Trail

Torrey, Utah

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Chimney Rock Canyon is a long, narrow desert drainage on the northwestern side of Capital Reef National Park. It begins just outside the park on the eastern slopes of Thousand Lakes Mountain and meanders for some 15 miles through the Waterpocket Fold before draining into the Fremont River. This hike intersects the canyon at its midpoint and follows it for its last six miles. The hike is particularly interesting from a geological point of view because it passes through so many different geologic strata. The route begins in the Moenkopi Formation, then passes through the Shinarump, Chinle, Wingate, and Kayenta Formations, and finally ends in the center of the Waterpocket Fold at the base of the Navajo Sandstone.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Chimney Rock Canyon is a long, narrow desert drainage on the northwestern side of Capital Reef National Park. It begins just outside the park on the eastern slopes of Thousand Lakes Mountain and meanders for some 15 miles through the Waterpocket Fold before draining into the Fremont River.

This hike intersects the canyon at its midpoint and follows it for its last six miles. The hike is particularly interesting from a geological point of view because it passes through so many different geologic strata. The route begins in the Moenkopi Formation, then passes through the Shinarump, Chinle, Wingate, and Kayenta Formations, and finally ends in the center of the Waterpocket Fold at the base of the Navajo Sandstone.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Torrey
Distance: 9.7
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,050 feet
Top Elevation: 6,300 feet
Local Contacts: Capitol Reef National Park
Local Maps: Twin Rocks (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Chimney Rock - Spring Canyon Trail

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