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Hickman Bridge, UT

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 2.18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,338 feet
Elevation Gain 450 feet
Accumulated Gain 491 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.64
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Author iheartmonster
author avatar Guides 6
Routes 0
Photos 38
Trips 31 map ( 87 miles )
Age 37 Female Gender
Location Apache Junction, AZ
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Follow the Red Kayenta Sandstone
by iheartmonster

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Capitol Reef National Park is located along UT-24 and has many interesting and challenging hiking trails. The Park protects the Fruita Historic District as well as some of the surrounding geological features. Hickman Natural Bridge is one of these features. The trail follows the red Kayenta sandstone layer, which you can learn more about in the Visitor Center or on the Scenic Drive.

The hike is just over a mile and is fairly well marked. At the trailhead, pick up a copy of the trail guide for fifty cents. This guide corresponds with the numbered signs along the trail. Some things are easily missed if you do not have the guide, so it is recommended to pick one up.

Along the way, you will see some ruins of the Fremont Culture, a people who lived in this area around 1000 CE. You will have the opportunity to see both a foundation from a pit house, which is off a very short spur trail, and a granary that is just up out of reach. The granary is easily missed if you do not have the guide.

The first natural bridge that you come to is not the Hickman bridge. It is just a small bonus along the way. Keep your eye out for a post the same size and shape as the numbered signs that has an arrow on it shortly after you come to this bridge. This is the beginning of the loop through the arch. There are habitat restoration efforts underway that are not to be disturbed, so be sure to stay on the trail.

Once you see the bridge, continue on the trail. The trail continues underneath the bridge. Once you are close to the underbelly of the bridge, look for a flat-topped red rock with pioneers' names and dates inscribed on it. Many are from the 1930s Great Depression Era.

Your descent will no doubt go faster than your ascent, with only one significant uphill stretch on the way out. Take your time and enjoy the views of Pectol's Pyramid, Fern's Nipple, and Capitol Dome.

Capitol Reef is an arid landscape, so be sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen, even in the cooler months of the year.

Even though this trail is in Captiol Reef National Park and is protected as part of the park, the trailhead and the trail do not fall within the fee area. There are restrooms in the parking lot, but no drinking fountains.

Things to note: There is a $250 fine for writing on or scratching in the sandstone walls (aka making your own petroglyphs) and it is unlawful to collect any rocks, artifacts, etc as it is still National Park land.

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2009-03-13 iheartmonster
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent Triplog Reviews
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Capitol Reef National Park
picked out a few trails in the park that looked like fun
a loop around a plateau, an arch and a natural bridge
first stop was chimney rock trail
got going around 0900
good warmup heading up to the top of mummy cliff
nice view of chimney rock, even though the hike doesn't really go anywhere near it
circled the top counterclockwise, hitting a high point with nice views of fruita
dropped toward chimney rock canyon and the intersection with spring canyon trail, through an area with huge boulders that have fallen from the canyon walls
an easy ascent west to close the loop along the base of another canyon wall
beautiful blue skies contrasting above it
saw only a few people on the loop, but more as we heading back to the trailhead
a good choice
stopped at the visitor center for a few minutes, then drove down to grand wash
very different terrain in this area, and the hike to cassidy arch was my favorite of the day and maybe the trip
quarter mile down the wash, then the actual cassidy arch trail ascends steeply up a break in the canyon wall and onto a bench
it gains a couple of benches and follows three drainages before splitting off to the south toward the arch
we didn't see the arch at first, gaining a high point with nice views before wandering around a bit
good footing after the initial ascent, much of it on slickrock
the opening to the arch is huge, and you can circle around it, getting on top of the arch
it's very wide - safety first :)
took some pics, had a snack and headed back down
another short one at just over three and a half miles, but very scenic and interesting
drove down the scenic drive a bit, then had a cup of coffee at gifford house
pie selection by that point was not my favorite
headed to the hickman bridge trailhead
only two miles on sand and slickrock and another fun one
trail loops under the bridge
we checked out another viewpoint before heading back
different terrain here, too, after starting out along the fremont river
made a stop at the petroglyph site, then headed back to torrey for dinner at capitol reef inn & café
stayed at torrey trading post cabins again
nice to have the whole day in the park without driving anywhere
think this was my favorite day of hiking and there is so much more to do in the park
unfinished business
posting more photos than usual as capitol reef seems a little underrepresented on haz
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Crowded park today. Seems the Columbus Day weekend is the end of their season. Was going to hit all the stuff off the scenic drive and the highway as quick as I could and then head up to Cathedral Valley.

Drove to the end of the Scenic drive, after depositing my $10, and worked back. The Petroglyph Narrows and the tanks were fun, and easy little scramble at the end. Love the rock art, native and settlers both. No idea how the really high and very clear list of 6 names from Sep 11 got up there on the south wall close to the trailhead.

Hit Oyler Mine real quick and then hiked to Cassidy Arch, a bit of a huffer for the first section but lots of fun later. Cool arch!

All the sites along the highway were quick stops except the petroglyphs (Archaic and Fremont intermixed) and Hickman Bridge. Found a small bear pecked out at the petroglyph site, loved him. My new screen saver. Hickman is a good little hike. Don't miss the two small pothole arches about half way up. They are geology in the making.
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Sunrise hike on Election Morning up to Hickman Bridge. Stopped off for the petroglyphs on our way over after camping the previous night in Capitol Reef, and warmed up the day with this mild hike. The trail immediately inclines to escape the river gorge and roadway to an isolated escape. On an autumn weekday we were the only ones in site, and enjoyed the echoes of the canyon to ourselves. It's a big bridge!
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This was part of our Mighty Five Trip 2016. We did 5 parks in 5 days in Utah.

Day 3: Capitol Reef National Park. day 3 started with us leaving Bryce Canyon and driving to Capitol Reef via Scenic route 12. It was scenic. That road takes you through quite a few different landscapes and they are all great.
Once arriving at Capital reef we made Hickman Bridge our first stop. It was warm on the climb up with no clouds to help fight off the sun. However still a great hike and the bridge was nice, provided some shade too. :)

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I hadn't read the description for this hike before doing it and I came to the first bridge, my reaction was that Hickman bridge wasn't much to see. We decided to continue up the valley and ended up finding the real Hickman Bridge. Much better. Good views of the bridge from the trail. We did a little extra wandering around which increased the milage and AEG a bit.

Permit $$

Capitol Reef National Park
$$ per Vehicle, good for Seven Days - View Information

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Trailhead is along UT-24, east of the Visitor Center. Watch for signs along the road which point to the well-marked trailhead.
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