After a morning spent exploring Burr Trail and Grand Wash Roads, I was ready to stretch my legs. As a first time visitor to Capitol Reef, I pulled out my trusty WOW Guidebook and consulted with the staff at the Visitors Center to find a suitable hike. This 10 mile, 2400′ gain/loss trek sounded perfect. I especially liked that it began with the ascent, and hey who doesn’t like destination hikes with 360 degree views?
You may have to fight your way through the tourist crowd to reach this junction, but no worries as the majority have their sights set on Hickman Bridge. A very small percentage hike to the overlook. On this date I only saw a couple of people between this junction and the overlook, and didn’t see anyone the rest of the way.
As if this hike wasn’t already a winner, add a few blooms and this gal is even happier.
It was about 7pm when I finished the hike. I stopped at the Visitor Center to use the restroom and grab some water before finding a place to camp. Just as I got out of my car, hands full of water jugs, I heard a familiar roar and quickly turned around to find this rockfall avalanche. I hurriedly opened my car door and grabbed my phone to capture this photo. Video would have been amazing. The dust plume seemed to take forever to settle. I shared this photo with the Park and it’s now part of their educational materials.
Date(s) Hiked: April 7, 2016
Road Trip Day(s) #48 out of 88
- Plan for about a 10-mile round trip, 2400′ elevation gain/loss hike.
- Burr Trail Road is worth exploration. I recommend a late afternoon drive when light for viewing the geology is far superior to morning.
- If you like slot canyons and petroglyphs but aren’t up for a hike, Grand Wash Road offers both from the comfort of your car.
- NPS – Fruita Area Hiking Trails & Map
- NPS – Burr Trail Road
- NPS – Grand Wash Road (aka Scenic Drive)
- WOW Guides – Utah Canyon Country
- National Geographic – Capitol Reef NP Map
- Jan’s Jaunts in Utah
- American Southwest – Burr Trail Road
- American Southwest – Grand Wash Road
- Live and Let Hike – Navajo Knobs (detailed trip report including geography and geology)