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“You Better Hike This”

The Hickman Bridge Trail
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A two-mile hike roundtrip leading to an arch.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had very limited time at Capitol Reef National Park, so we chose to do one of the more popular hikes here at the park. This is a quick, but very hot hike to a natural rock bridge. Take plenty of water with you as you hike. When you get to the fork in the trail, head to the right for some spectacular views of the rock bridge. If you are the only ones there, the echo in the nearby canyon is very fun! I can’t stress this anymore – take lots of water – little to no shade on this hike.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the only hike we had time to do when visiting Capitol Reef, and I am glad this is the one we chose. There is a parking lot close next to the trailhead with ample amount of parking. There is also a bathroom you can use before you begin hiking. It is a moderate hike with a few steep parts. There isn't much shade, so make sure you bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen. We did this hike in the middle of the afternoon, and it probably would have been better to do it in the morning. When you get to the loop, I recommend going to the right first. The views with the bridge are beautiful and a great place to take some pictures. The bridge created a shaded area, and we spent some time there before heading back.

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Nice hike: you should not pass this one by! Easy to do, even for a sea level chubby old woman! I liked the trails even though they had plenty of rocks to climb over: but these rocks made the trail more interesting than a boring ...easy... sand or mulch type trail. The rocks created pretty photo shoots, along with the arch, and trees, and water pockets. One part is a bit steep, I used to think hiking sticks were for sissys: but boy do they help out, not only on the inclines, but they act as hand rails, for the descents. I took them along, and also lots of water... Utah is hot and dry in June. Too bad my hiking boots took a crap: the rubber soles began to fall apart on me...

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

This was a great hike for kids. Our group had 7 kids from 12-1. The kids found lots of rocks to climb and hide in on the way to the bridge. The one year old was in a pack part of the time, but all the kids did well.

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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

This was a fairly hard hike with a baby in a backpack, but it was doable. We did it during the middle of the day and it seems like it would have been better if we had gone in the morning when it was cooler.
There was not a lot of shade on the trail for most of it. The trail goes under and around the bridge which is pretty cool.

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