Golden Throne - Capitol Reef, UT • Hike
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Golden Throne - Capitol Reef, UT

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,459 feet
Elevation Gain 686 feet
Accumulated Gain 800 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.67
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Golden Throne & Capitol Gorge
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Location phoenix, az
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Preferred Oct, Apr, May, Mar → 7 AM
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Sun  6:22am - 6:40pm
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by trekkin_gecko

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A moderate hike with little shade and a lot of sun exposure to a high point on the Waterpocket Fold with views of the Golden Throne and Capitol Gorge.

The Golden Throne towers 7,042 feet. It consists of a golden Navajo Sandstone. The gold is special because normally the sandstone is creamy white or red. Carmel Formation on top of the Navajo Sandstone is the reason for this staining.

Golden Throne Trail begins just west of the Capitol Gorge trailhead. The hike features a steady ascent winding along a few drainages, climbing above Capitol Gorge on the north side. Most of the hike is on slickrock, with good footing. The terrain is similar to the Cassidy Arch hike.

The official trail ends at a signpost, with a view of the Golden Throne formation to the northeast. This butte rises another thousand feet above, along with two smaller buttes, all of them a bright yellow color. Beyond the signpost is a nice overlook, worth wandering around for photos, views, and a snack.

Return the same way.

A great sunrise and sunset hike, the throne glows in the deep low-angle light. Nothing overly strenuous on the steady incline along cliff walls.

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2022-10-17 trekkin_gecko
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This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

 Permit $$

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

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the visitor center, go south on the scenic drive to the end.
Take Capitol Gorge Road east to its end.
A large parking lot, a vault toilet, and a ramada are at the trailhead.
no water
The scenic drive costs $10 but I'm not sure if a park pass covers that
page created by trekkin_gecko on Oct 17 2022 5:10 pm

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