Skylight Arch, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,613 feet
Elevation Gain -100 feet
Accumulated Gain 560 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.87
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A rolling trail to a nice arch you can walk on. You can cross country up from the Wildcat Tank Hoodoos and walk along the road for a longer hike, or if you have a proper vehicle drive up to the trailhead for a short ~2-mile loop.

There's an NPS sign at a reasonably sized parking lot, the trail continues along the ridge. It's a moderately popular spot to drive to, we saw a few groups there that drove up in trucks. The trail itself is pretty easy to follow, but does become faint in a few places and has some steepish loose sections to it, so proper shoes/boots will help. It's sort of hard to get lost given the terrain constraints.

The arch itself is at a cairned spur (the main trail continues past it) that you could pass by, but once you're in the area you'll find it. It's neat to both look through and walk over. You can wander around to various points for views of the general area, Wildcat Tank Hoodoos, or the Amangiri resort nearby.

There is no water and no shade, but it's short.

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2023-03-15 eru

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 $$

    Glen Canyon NRA National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $30

    Boat fees are additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    The road wasn't too bad in 2022, but there were a few sections that looked like they would be 4WD. There are a lot of pullouts, so if you find a spot you don't like you could pull over and walk the rest.

    The area is crisscrossed with dirt roads so there'd be multiple approaches, so we hiked in.
    page created by eru on Mar 15 2023 3:46 pm
     90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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