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If you choose to drive to this trailhead you must realize you are entering the San Rafael Desert which is seldom traveled by others. You must be prepared for any situation and have survival equipment with you. Let others know where you are going. While the road is kept graded, we encountered deep mud in washes after a rain and deep sand in some sections. Summer temps can be extreme. Four wheel drive recommended. We did not see another person or vehicle to or from this trail head. Map and GPS strongly suggested. Pay close attention to directions. There are no signs to the trail head once you enter the desert.
After taking heed of the warnings and making your way to this trailhead prepare yourself for a relatively easy hike to a spectacular natural arch, viewed by few.
Hike north across the slickrock with eyes in the distance trying to pick up a sawbuck fence. The sawbuck fence was installed to keep vehicles out. Pass thru the fence and you will start to pick up cairns. The old two track appears and disappears due to the slickrock. Follow the cairns. About fifteen to twenty minutes past the fence the cairns will direct you to the right(east) towards the canyons edge. You are overlooking two mile canyon. The views are awesome. Follow the cairns in this roller coaster area of smooth rounded rocks moving closer to the canyons edge and slightly north. Keep working north and as you get within twenty feet of canyons edge look around the corner to your left to spot the arch. The final approach involves great care and caution for your party as you follow the cairns and negotiate the steeply angled slick rock by the canyons edge. From here you can enjoy the multi faceted arch and contemplate wondrous views of the several canyons and the Green River far below. This is a view of Canyonlands few others see. When finished you may want to further explore the area. There are several more arches in the area. If you wish to extend your adventure there are a few primitive camping spots near the trail head and you are only a short distance from Horseshoe Canyon.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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