Fiery Furnace
Fiery Furnace
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Excellent hike, especially with a guide, and a wonderful opportunity for sunset photos.
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FloydFreedom
Michigan30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was a great family hike (Ages 57, 55, 19, and 13). The trail is not well marked and you will get "lost" for a little while many times. It gets especially confusing in the middle of the trail, but if the way seems too difficult you are going the wrong way. Eventually you make it out. We were on the trail for about 3.5 hours. There are a few challenging sections, but my not particularly brave wife made it through with only a few scares.

You need to get one of the limited passes in advance. We went in early March and were first in line at the visitor's center on a Sunday. Tickets were already sold out. You can get passes 7 days in advance and we got them for the next day.

This hike is well worth the effort.
Written March 3, 2020
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travelingal31
Kansas105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
You need a permit to access the Fiery Furnace and they are available on recreation.gov a week in advance. There are no crowds in the Fiery Furnace because of the limit of permits, which was one of the reasons we liked it so much!!!

In the summer, I recommend picking up your permit the day before, so you can get an early start on the day of your hike. If not, you have to meet with the rangers which took about 30 minutes and then it is a 30 minute drive. The earliest you could start is nine.

We started at 7 am. The entire hike was in the shade, except the last 5-10 minutes when you were finishing. We each brought 1/2 gallon of water, and had about 16-20 oz of water prior to hiking. There are lots of beautiful places just to take water/snack breaks.

My teenagers loved all the scrambling and rock climbing. There are narrow parts, steep parts, but there are also just times when you are walking in a sandy wash and it is like a normal hike in the most beautiful place.

We downloaded the AllTrails app, and it helped us. We felt like we didn't miss too many arrows, but about 4-5 times we would get to a section and literally felt like we had no idea which direction to head next. Even using the app, we would have to backtrack to get back on track quite a bit, but we never felt totally "lost."
Written July 22, 2021
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austinfamilyof4
Austin861 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have been to Arches National Park many times over the past 30 years and never did this hike. Our hotel concierge recommended it, and we are so glad we did it! You must get a permit at the Visitor's Center, and they only sell a limited number of permits each day (so buy early!). After purchasing the permit you must watch a short video about the hike (don't litter, don't walk on the bio-crust, etc)
The trail is marked with arrows that can be hard to see (they are the same color as the rock). You are also welcome to veer off trail as long as you stay off the bio-crust. The trail can be challenging in places, requiring you to squeeze through narrow areas and scramble over rocks, but it is beautiful. As a side benefit, since permits are limited, there are very few other people on the trail. We only saw a few.
We did the whole trail, stopping for a brief lunch, in about two hours. We didn’t get lost. I wish we had spent a little more time going off trail to explore some of the dead ends, but because this was our first visit to the Fiery Furnace we were not sure how long the hike would take.
Written March 28, 2020
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TotalOfFive
chicago190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Self guided and loved it but...
The ranger video and short presentation make this out to be a hike where you can get off course/wander, and enjoy being lost. - don't believe it. We had an AllTrails map and used it because you can easily get off trail. Because of the map we were able to find our way back when we got a little lost. We ran into several groups who were lost and had been for an hour or more. They were exhausted, frustrated, and frightened. One group actually followed us because we knew where we were going - thank you AllTrails. Download the app when you have wifi because there isn't any at the site. As always, take more water than you think you will need. Use a hydration pack, not a hand held water bottle. There is LOTS of scrambling, four or five short slot canyons, and a few places where you have to jump on to the next part of the trail. Don't be fooled by the fact that it is two miles. It is a very dynamic adventure, not a hike. The arches are easy to miss because they aren't signed as such. They are at the end of paths that are signed as "dead end". It was exciting, scary, difficult and all around fun. Don't go alone, takes lots of water, use the AllTrails app.
Written October 10, 2022
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Kent B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I was a bit intimidated about this hike - but, this ended up being the most fun I've EVER had on any hike! Juliet was absolutely wonderful. She kept a great pace with meaningful breaks throughout the entire morning. Juliet also demonstrated all of the technical aspects perfectly and made these sections interesting and fun - not scary or intimidating. This was absolutely the highlight of our 5 week adventure out west! Thank you, Juliet!!
Written May 30, 2023
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Tina-Marie K
Atlanta, GA96 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Couples
I was a lucky one and got tickets into the Fiery Furnace. Apparently there is an app of the trial you can download which came in handy for a lot of folks ... NOT US!!! I didn't even know about this until someone inside was offering us help to get back on the right path. The arrows they have in some places blend in so well, it's hard to find. This is especially in the rock climbing spots. Overall we had a great time, even if we got lost a few times and had to back track. I do recommend going early because once that sun comes out, you'll know why it's called the fiery furnace. Would we do it again, YES but with the app!!
Written April 28, 2023
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Jennifer B.
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The Fiery Furnace is open again after a year and a half! We snagged one of the first tickers. If you get lucky enough to score a ticket, do yourself a favor and get the guide on fieryfurnacetour.com because it will save your hike! Otherwise you'll most likely get lost and won't see the hidden arches.
Written June 20, 2021
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Andy J
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I did the self-guided hike with 3 kids (age 10,11,13) on a weekend afternoon and had a great time. We went counterclockwise and did the spur to Surprise Arch (but not skull arch spur). It took us around 3 hours, at a slightly relaxed pace with a few stops. We only saw one other party (and briefly heard sounds of another). Depending on their rock scrambling confidence, I wouldn't take kids much younger on this (at one spot, I would have had to carry my particularly small 7 yr old daughter on my back, if she'd been with us). Though the park ranger at orientation asked that visitors not use the "All Trails app" (just because its not 'authorized'), I did utilize another similar app, CalTopo. It proved a very important for navigating our trip (in fact, I would only go in without it if I was planning for just do out/back and retrace my steps, or I planned for a significantly longer trip with much more trial/error pathfinding).
Written May 6, 2024
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DC
23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
If you enjoy getting lost, this is the trail for you. I had researched this trail and knew it was easy to get lost, so I downloaded a guide. The guide was great, but we still got lost. I am not sure why the park does not put up better trail markers. It seems they want people to get lost and frustrated. It was pretty down there, but not worth the frustration of constantly having to retrace your steps and try to figure out where the heck you were. There were also some physical aspects of climbing and maneuvering through the rocks that we just did not feel safe doing. We did not make it all the way around and ended up turning around and going back the way we came in. We wasted a good portion of our day getting the permit, watching the movie and getting the talk, and then getting lost. I'm not sure where all of the positive reviews come from. Everyone we encountered was lost and trying to find their way. Not a fun way to spend your time.
Written July 3, 2023
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r2d2wife
Esko, MN141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We hiked the furnace today, no map, first time, permit only. There are 20 directional arrows throughout the trail. With the exception of ONE arrow, the signage is enough to successfully navigate the trail. #11, the sole arrow that is diagonal, indicates the trail veers left when actually it veers right. Cross the rocks and you will see on the right, “steps” in the rock.

We were blessed to have a guardian angel behind us who knew the trail and correctly pointed the route. This trail more closely resembles scrambling than hiking. Lots of pulling up onto rock shelves, straddling crevices and squeezing through tight spaces. Nothing very scary.

The key is to be observant and not blindly follow footsteps. There are endless rabbit trails, some leading to hidden arches. I was not fearful when we couldn’t find the correct trail, but the day was young, we knew others were behind us and the weather was lovely. Under different conditions, I might have conceded to turn around. But having navigated it once now, I am certain I could do it again without a problem.
Written March 15, 2020
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