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Windows - Arches NP, UT

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance Loop 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,827 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.7
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Author nonot
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Trips 479 map ( 4,543 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  4:54am - 7:46pm
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Don't throw rocks in glass houses!
by nonot

Overview: This is a hike to the Windows, taking in turret arch, and continuing on the "Primitive" trail to make a loop.

Warning: Desert hiking is hot, take some water with you.

Hike: From the parking area, begin walking towards the windows and turret arch on the main (non-primitive) trail. At the trailhead there are some educational billboards that explain how arches are formed.

After a short distance, take the spur loop to look at Turret Arch. Continue around the spur loop until you are back on the main trail. Take the trail up to see the north window you passed slightly, then double back and go up to the south window. You can now take the signed primitive trail, which is marked by rocks, around the slickrock to see the windows from the other side. Since you have to return to your car either way, might as well finish with another half a mile on the back side as opposed to the front.

The main trail is not paved but has steps and is all gravel. The primitive trail consists of walking on slickrock between rocks the mark the edge of the trail.

Note: You can leave your car parked here and walk over to do Double Arch, or you can do the lazy American style of getting back in your car, driving 20 seconds, and parking on the other side of the parking area to save walking that extra hundred yards.

Water Sources: none

Camping: Camping is not allowed in Arches Natl Park

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2009-06-11 nonot
    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.

    Permit $$

    Arches National Park
    Vehicles: $10 (Good for 7 days) Fee Information

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Arches is 3 miles north of Moab on 191. It's 1 mile north of the bridge over the Colorado River. Once in the park, take the road up the switchbacks and take the turnoff for the windows. The road goes another few miles into a big loop and parking area for both the windows and Double Arch hikes.
    page created by nonot on Jun 10 2009 9:59 pm
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