maybe this should be named mummy cliff trail
A short, scenic hike from the first trailhead you encounter entering Capitol Reef National Park from the west. Chimney Rock is the prominent formation just west of Mummy Cliff.
The hike begins on flat sand for a quarter mile or so, and initially ascends via switchback to the beginning of the loop. The trail sign seems to direct you to go counterclockwise, but either way is fine. We went right, and continued climbing at an easier grade to the top of Mummy Cliff. Chimney Rock is visible along this section and from the west edge of the cliff. The trail loops around a plateau, offering great views of the Fruita valley from the high point on the southwest. Gradually descending to the east, the trail then goes through a section full of giant boulders, and drops into Chimney Rock canyon. There, it intersects with Spring Canyon trail and continues west through the canyon with a short ascent to close the loop.
Colorful canyon walls against blue skies make for big views. Footing is good. Route finding is easy. Greatly enjoyed this one.
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.