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Druid ArchSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
chumley
Hiking4.42 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.42 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.10 mph
800 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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With a short day backpacking between camps, we opted for this 4+ mile day hike to the highly impressive Druid Arch. The trail continues up Elephant Canyon, past a perennial spring and a few pools before climbing up a steep scree slope to the base of the arch. Just before the scree slope there's a short ladder, though it looked to me like it could have been done with a class 4 move instead. Nonetheless, we didn't mind the NPS assist.

It began to snow quite furiously while we were at the arch, and really added to the experience of being here. The ground was soaked with melting snow and began to cast the colors of sandstone in a different light.

On the way back down, we encountered a group of hikers at the ladder. Apparently others don't find this obstacle quite as easy as we did, though we patiently waited about 5 minutes for the group to make it up, before heading back down, and back to the spring where we topped off on water before heading back to our packs and continuing on our next camp in Squaw Creek.
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