Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
A nice 5-mile walk with barely noticeable elevation changes (with the exception of the stairs at the trailhead). Trail follows a creek to the "double arches," although they clearly have a different idea of what an arch is than I do. A quarter mile past the arches is a slot waterfall that is sometimes dry and sometimes not - it was running great when I was there and provided a nice spot to cool off. Saw a 5' gopher snake hanging out by the creek, plenty of lizards, and way more trees than I'm used to. Definitely a nice break from the desert.
Easy trail. takes about one and a half hours to arrive to the double arch alcove. After walking down several steps you approach the creek. You will criss cross back and forth. The creek was low in October. Will be a lot higher in the spring. Plenty to see along the way. You will follow the trail and come upon the first cabin. The Larsen cabin. Then you continue up and down following the creek. About 3/4 way into the hike you will come to the second cabin. The Fife cabin. Both cabins have been restored as much as possible this summer. As you go further up the trail you come upon a double arch alcove. Water is seeping from the sandstone and plenty of mosses, ferns and wildflowers grow here. The hike is not hard but can be tiresome for children. There is deer in the area and the crickets chirp all day in the dark canyon.
An easy hike to a double arch that is suitable for the whole family. There are two small historic cabins along the trail. However, the NPS has done them a disservice by covering the doors and windows with chickenwire. I know it's for my own saftey but at least paint it to match the cabin.
An trail guide can be purchased at the trail head for $1.00.
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