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“Outstanding, varied hike”
Review of Double O Arch

Double O Arch
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Owner description: Arch which requires a 4.2 mile hike through challenging terrain.
Reviewed September 20, 2013

I had read this was an adventurous hike so I was surprised that the beginning of the hike (think about .5 miles) was totally flat - basically a sandy sidewalk. There is plenty to see but not exciting. The trail gets much more fun once you start going up the steep trail after Landscape Arch right beyond the fence. This is steep section and you need a decent pair of shoes - none of us have hiking boots but all have trail running shoes which were fine. Also, water is essential - especially in the summer. We hiked it in the middle of the day in July only because it rained and then was cooler and overcast. Would be very challenging if we had hiked in full sun and normal temperatures. Also, would not recommend going up this trail when wet. We let the rain pass and waited for the path to dry before attempting to climb up. The sand makes wet surfaces treacherous.

We really enjoyed walking along the top of the fins - reminded me of Angel's Landing - a bit wider and not as dramatic (no 1400 ft drop off) but exceptional views and fun. Also there are no chains so completely unspoiled. We turned around after reaching Double O - really wish we would have done the Primitive Trail Loop - but didn't even anticipate hiking this trail so everything was a bonus. My favorite trail in the park - we also did Fiery Furnace (ranger led) and Delicate Arch.

1  Thank ESJM
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Hike to Double O Arch was an excellent way to escape crowds at Arches NP in mid August. The trail isn't the easiest one, but it's definitely worth it. The views along the trail are just spectacular, especially at the sunset, The Devil's Garden with The Double O Arch is a charming quiet place. Wear good hiking shoes and don't forget your camera.

2  Thank LucieKrotilova
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

The hike there was on a sandy path and it couldn't have taken more than 15 minutes to get there. Very pretty at sunset.

1  Thank Ann M
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Arches NP was the first stop on our 3-week road trip my son and I just finished. There are certainly nicer arches to be seen, but this one is fairly unique and the Devil's Garden Trail was a really nice hike to reach it though certain sections of it can be challenging if you're not prepared. As with many of them, if you're trying to get good photos, time of day is important and my opinion would be afternoon would be best for this one so you could take it from the west and get more interesting scenery looking east through the arch.

3  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

We were hiking along the Primitive Trail and came upon what we thought was the Double O Arch: two very small holes in the rocks forming a figure 8. Do NOT be fooled by this, the real arch is just around the corner. Easily one of the most unique arches in the park.

3  Thank TheBigMuffin
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