Hickman Bridge Trail is a hiking trail in Wayne County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 5,349 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 876 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The Hickman Bridge Overlook viewpoint, the Nels Johnson Bridge attraction, and the Hickman Bridge can be seen along the trail.
Hickman Bridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hickman Bridge is the must-see formation at Capitol Reef National Park. Naturally, this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. The natural land bridge is 133 feet long and 125 feet off the ground at the highest point. It was named after Utah Legislator Joseph S. Hickman, who worked to have the area created as a national monument."
--Brett Prettyman, Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The Hickman Bridge Trail is the most popular hike in the park, but don’t let that keep you from enjoying its wonders. In off-the-beaten-path Capitol Reef, it’s possible that you could be alone much of the way."
--Greg Witt, 50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"This hike is actually three hikes in one: Hickman Natural Bridge, the Rim Overlook, and the Navajo Knobs. Most people go only as far as the Hickman Natural Bridge, which is just 0.9 miles from the trailhead. This short hike has a great deal to offer. Not only will you see the natural bridge itself, but there is also a small Fremont Indian granary near the trail. Be sure to purchase a trail guide from the box near the trailhead before you start. If you are looking for a longer hike you can continue on from Hickman Bridge to the Navajo Knobs for a total round trip distance of 11.0 miles. This extended hike gives you the opportunity to climb to the top of the Waterpocket Fold and enjoy the panorama below the south side of the uplift."
--David Day, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"While short, the Hickman Bridge Trail provides classic examples of Capitol Reef geology and ancient Native American history. The natural bridge is actually quite spectacular and offers fantastic vantages for photos or simply taking in its beauty."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
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