Chimney Rock Loop

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Distance3.0mi
Elevation Gain1,675ft
Trailhead Elevation6,048ft
Top6,680ft
Elevation Min/Max6048/6680ft
Elevation Start/End6048/6048ft
Chimney Rock Loop is a hiking trail in Wayne County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 6,048 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,675 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Mummy Cliff (elevation 6,168 feet) cliff can be seen along the trail.

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"The trail’s namesake is a stately pillar of rich red Moenkopi Formation that’s clearly visible and best photographed from UT 24 near the trailhead. Chimney Rock is like a tower of puff pastry—hundreds of thin layers of sandstone sculpted by erosion and decoratively topped with a capstone of tan Shinarump Conglomerate.

But once you’re on the trail, Chimney Rock is largely out of view. What you’ll see instead are Meeks Mesa and Chimney Rock Canyon, a small side canyon north of the mesa."

"It can sometimes be difficult to understand how some rock formations were named. That is somewhat the case with Chimney Rock. From Hwy. 24 looking up you can kind of see a chimney. From the viewing points on the Chimney Rock Trail looking down, it is pretty obvious how this unique formation earned its name.

The trail starts on the north end of the parking area and feels like a small rollercoaster ride with rolling ups and downs before the serious part of the climb starts. After a brisk climb on switchbacks, hikers come to a fork in the trail about 0.50 of a mile from the trailhead."

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Capitol Reef National Park
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