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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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Three days, three park, at least three arches

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank davidiz
Eustis, Florida
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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.

1 Thank lauragrace2015
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 

Thank Kenneth R
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 

Thank Teresa N
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.

Thank Cathy E
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

So gorgeous. We were there on Labor Day, but we showed up at 8AM and practically had the trail to ourselves! We only saw one other couple at the actual bridge, and then right as we were coming back almost to the parking lot, we saw some more people coming in. Otherwise, we were alone with our voices echoing off... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

The hike to Hickman Bridge is about 1 mile (2 mile round trip) with some, but not much, elevation gain - a few hundred feet. The natural bridge at the end of the trail is pretty impressive, and, when we were there around 8:30 a.m., was very quiet, with only a few other people on the trail. This is a... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I hiked this easy/moderate trail with my wife and two daughters (ages 11 and 13). The afternoon before, we drove the scenic loop of Capitol Reef and walked part way along the Grand Wash. Cassidy Arch was to far for us as the day was coming to a close after driving in from Bryce National Park along that amazing byway.... More 

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