Cohab Canyon - Cassidy Arch Trail

Torrey, Utah 84775

Cohab Canyon - Cassidy Arch Trail

Cohab Canyon - Cassidy Arch Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Sixty-five million years ago, while forces inside the earth were pushing up the Colorado Plateau, a 100-mile-long wrinkle in the earth's mantle was formed in southern Utah. Thousands of feet of subterranean sedimentary rock was forced upward as the fold developed, twisting and buckling to form a convoluted range of mountains we now call the Waterpocket Fold.

Today, after a great deal of erosion, the mountains rise less than two thousand feet above the desert floor, but what remains is a fairyland of geologic sculpture. The ancient mountains, most of which are now part of Capitol Reef National Park, have been carved into a tangle of hidden canyons, monolithic spires, and towering cliffs. The hike described here starts in the Fremont River Valley, near the pioneer settlement of Fruita, and crosses a portion of the Capitol Reef to Grand Wash. It offers a good representation of the unique landscape of the Waterpocket Fold."

Cohab Canyon - Cassidy Arch Trail Reviews

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Hiked this on 5/2/2007 -- I turned this into a 13.7 (according to the GPS breadcrumbs) mile solo day hike by parking on the side of the road near the Campground, ascending to Cohab Canyon, taking both overlooks (and got some GORGEOUS photos!) then taking the Frying Pan trail (extremely rugged terrain!) making a small detour for Cassidy arch (WOW!) and then up the Grand Wash (SPECTACULAR, yet spooky!), back along UT-24 to pick up the trail and loop back through to Cohab canyon and back down to the car. I used 6 liters of water, but I could have used 8, so bring more water than you think you need!
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Hiked this trail on a recent trip from 10/4/01 to 10/13/01. This was the least crowded of the 5 parks we hit. Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches and Capital Reef. Canyonlands also offers several viewing areas of pictrographs. This was a fun hike and offered great views. This park is well worth a day or two. Additionally, in the town of Torry just west of the park was a great little take-out hamburger joint that was excellent.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,040 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
4.5 hours
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
5,420 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,460 feet
Top Elevation
Capitol Reef National Park
Local Contacts
Twin Rocks (USGS), Fruita (USGS)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018