Upper Muley Twist Canyon Trail

Torrey, Utah

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No other hike in Capital Reef National Park offers as many scenic geological features as the loop through Upper Muley Twist Canyon. The canyon has been cut through a particularly interesting part of the Waterpocket Fold where the deep red Wingate Sandstone formation slopes down from the west, dipping under the eastern wall of white Navajo Sandstone. The Wingate Sandstone in this area has a tendency to erode into arches, and if you are observant you will see at least five arches on the west side as you hike up the canyon. The return portion of the hike is along a high slickrock ridge of Navajo Sandstone above the eastern side of the canyon, and the views from the top are magnificent. From this vantage point you will be able to see a large part of the hundred-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust that geologists call the Waterpocket Fold.
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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

No other hike in Capital Reef National Park offers as many scenic geological features as the loop through Upper Muley Twist Canyon. The canyon has been cut through a particularly interesting part of the Waterpocket Fold where the deep red Wingate Sandstone formation slopes down from the west, dipping under the eastern wall of white Navajo Sandstone.

The Wingate Sandstone in this area has a tendency to erode into arches, and if you are observant you will see at least five arches on the west side as you hike up the canyon. The return portion of the hike is along a high slickrock ridge of Navajo Sandstone above the eastern side of the canyon, and the views from the top are magnificent. From this vantage point you will be able to see a large part of the hundred-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust that geologists call the Waterpocket Fold.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Torrey
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: 740 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,860 feet
Top Elevation: 6,600 feet
Local Contacts: Capitol Reef National Park
Local Maps: Bitter Creek Divide (USGS), Wagon Box Mesa (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Muley Twist Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/2009
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Great canyon hike combined with a great view of the waterpocket fold. I hiked up the canyon, camped on the side part of the canyon and then went around the rim trail in the morning. Started late, finished early which was key as the temp mid-day were in the 90s. Was able to drive high clearance vehicle all the way to trailhead with minimal difficulty. Were a few pools of water, none I would drink out of, lots of animal tracks. If I do this again I will camp on the rim, much much better than camping in the canyon and the view is awesome. Saw a bobcat on the rim.



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