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“Good walking”

Capitol Gorge Trail
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Portsmouth
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103 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Good walking”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

On another day we might have given this a 5* rating - but the temperature was in the gigh 90s and we found it quite tiring walking down the gorge, only to have to walk back out again! Some lovely scenery and rock formations; and plenty of beautiful swallow-tail butterflies around (what on earth do they feed on?).

Visited June 2012
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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“Mountain Goats”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We really like the very easy walk down this canyon but had never previously seen any wildlife. This time we watched a family of mountain goats go up and down the steep cliffs with incredible ease, eventually crossing the gorge floor in front of us and climbing up the other side where there appeared to be more leaves to munch on. Really great.

Visited April 2013
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Avon, Ohio
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“One of Our Favorite Hikes in Capitol Reef”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Capitol Gorge trail is an easy, flat trail that takes one through a canyon that has been cut through the Waterpocket Fold by a normally dry wash. The trail is about 1.25 miles (2 k) in each direction with a 0.2 mile (0.3 k) spur trail near the end that takes one to the Tanks, a pair of water pockets that gives the “fold” its name. The trail first takes one by some petroglyphs that are easily viewed on the canyon wall followed by a section where the canyon walls come close together to create narrows. At this point, names of pioneers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries can been seen carved and dated on the canyon wall and is known as the Pioneer Register. Further down the trail, almost to the end, the spur trail to the Tanks is clearly marked to the left. While the beginning of the spur trail is well marked, the trail itself is not and one will need to look closely to stay on the trail. While the main trail is flat, the Tanks spur trail does require hiking uphill. The trailhead for the Capitol Gorge trail is reached by traveling to the end of the park’s scenic drive then continuing on the dirt Capitol Gorge Road. The Capitol Gorge Road is a well maintained dirt road easily passable by 2 wheel drive passenger vehicles in dry weather. The trailhead at the end of the road has parking, covered picnic tables and clean pit toilets. We preferred the Capitol Gorge trail over the similar Grand Wash trail as this one offers a number of points of interest in addition to canyon narrows.

Visited April 2013
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Menlo Park, California
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“A very rewarding hike at the end of Scenic Drive”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Capitol Gorge Trail is the easier alternative if you take the dirt road at the very end of Scenic Drive. It's beautiful. A harder alternative from the same parking area is the 2.2 mile each way 1100 foot gain hike to the base of Golden Throne. Either way, exploring this area is well worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Easy Trail”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We hiked to the Tanks. If the ranger hadn't shown us a picture of one of the tanks with a bridge we wouldn't have known to look for it. Its off the trail but worth the exploration. (After you've seen the upper tanks, it down from them toward the floor of the canyon. Be careful.)

Visited April 2013
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