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The Hickman Bridge Trail

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Address: Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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A two-mile hike roundtrip leading to an arch.

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Easy hike to a natural wonder

This trail is nice and easy with great views of capitol dome and then of course Hickman bridge at the end. It was a little dicey in a few spots because of the ice and snow, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kelli B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail is nice and easy with great views of capitol dome and then of course Hickman bridge at the end. It was a little dicey in a few spots because of the ice and snow, but all in all a very pleasant trail that would provide a great warm up for more hiking around the park.

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Thank Kelli B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

If you are in hiking shape this is a good one to see. Be warned it is not a simple path but walking over boulders and stepping on stone pathways to ready the bridge.. It is about 2 miles R/T.

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The Hickman Bridge Trail is a very beautiful hike with a little challenge, give yourself about 2 hours. We went during the Thanksgiving weekend so there was a few more people on the trail but in comparison to warmer months, November is a great time to hike! I recommend this hike for families with older children. It might be hard... More 

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dzucker@fuse.net
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Visit the national parks in Utah and you'll have multiple arches to visit. This one takes a bit more effort but is well worth it. When you get to the bridge other hikers will tell you to take the right fork. Go for it. Supposedly it is a shorter and easier walk to the bridge.

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Thank davidiz
Eustis, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We arrived at the trailhead in complete darkness and waited for just enough light to hike to Hickman for the sunrise. The experience was magical. We didn't see another human for three hours. We watched the sun peek over the hills in the silence that only a canyon can deliver. It is so difficult to experience an arch in solitude.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We needed a short hike after 3 days of strenuous hiking in the parks. This fit the bill! It wasn't crowded and we saw several families and less able bodied people hiking, so it is very doable.

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1 Thank Laura A
Country Club
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

My wife and I hiked this trail mid-afternoon on a cool September day. Like many trails, parts are easy and parts are moderately strenuous. The river runs along the first part of the trail. Then, hikers start climbing -- eventually going up 400 feet in elevation to get to Hickman Natural Bridge. It's not beautiful, necessarily, but like most such... More 

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Yarra Glen, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A 2hr return easy walk with a 400 foot elevation. It is well worth your time to stop and do the walk. I recommend you arrive early as the car park is small, and there will be less people. When we did our walk we were the only ones doing it, and on our way back passed lots of people... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We did this hike at sunset. It was very good. The 500 foot elevation is challenging but doable. The great news if you go later in the day is the trail isn't as busy and you get a wonderful view of cathedral dome at sunset. A walking stick would be helpful for this trail.

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Thank Cathy E
Mid-atlantic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

It's worth picking up a 50 cent trail guide--there are points of interest along the way. The arch was fine--not as spectacular as those in Arches National Park. Not our favorite hike in the park.

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