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Kachina Bridge Overlook - 7 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 04 2022
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 04 2022
YoderTriplogs 202
Hiking3.10 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   3.21 mph
20 ft AEG      8 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Road Trip Day 3 - Natural Bridges National Monument
Today we visit each of the bridges in the Monument:
  • Sipapu Bridge = 2.3 miles round trip
  • Kachina Bridge = 3.1 miles round trip
  • Owachomo Bridge = 1.0 miles round trip
Each bridge has it's own appeal, Sipapu bridge is the largest, Kachina Bridge has unpublished ruins right next to it, and Owachomo bridge has great prospects for a night photo with the milky way.

NOTE: Although the photos have GPS coordinates associated with them, I noticed some are displaying incorrect GPS coordinates. This is likely due to poor reception in these canyons.
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Sep 04 2021
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
chumleyTriplogs 1,704
Hiking9.63 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.63 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.31 mph
1,000 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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I'd never even heard of the place, but 9L insisted it as a stop on our Utah weekend. The remnants of Hurricane Nora dumped a bunch of rain on Wednesday and dirt roads on the way in were still muddy, washes were flowing, and SR 95 still closed from flooding damage to the bridge over Cottonwood Wash. All this made me question the condition of the trail through White and Armstrong canyons. We were the only visitors in the park when we arrived and the ranger told us the canyons were still flowing and it was a muddy mess. After being assured there were no swimmers we decided to go and get dirty.

Temps were to get well into the 80s so we decided to knock off the overland portion of the loop first. We made quick work of the Mesa Trail before dropping down into White Canyon via the spectacular Sipapu Bridge trail, which features a combination of carved moki steps, metal stairs, railroad tie steps, railings, and ladders. Along the way there's a spur trail to a viewpoint and what is most likely a modern "ruin" to satisfy the tourists.

In the canyon, wonka water was flowing nicely, and it was clear that some significant flow had been through here in the last couple of days. As a result, what may have once been a reasonably well-defined route to follow, was mostly nonexistent and there was a lot of pushing brush and climbing banks to avoid the water.

I had horse-collar ruin marked on the map, but there's no sign or indication as you pass by it in the canyon. After some poking around we found a route that led up to it and a fun little climb utilizing a huitzil log got us up to the ruins. One, in particular, was quite nice, still adorned with an adobe facade, and another with a roof still largely intact.

Continuing on we made our way downstream to the confluence of the two canyons and the absolutely massive Kachina Bridge. This one is enormous, and we spent a few minutes here trying to properly capture it in photos. The canyon downstream looked interesting but would have required some wading, and thusfar we had managed to keep our feet dry.

We turned upstream in Armstrong Canyon, first bypassing a deep pour-over, which today was nicely pouring over! The bypass takes you up the canyon wall utilizing part of the Kachina Trail (an optional exit route), before dropping back to the canyon bottom. Armstrong is a much wider, more moderate canyon than White was, and it had also flooded significantly more. Despite its width it was evident the water had reached levels as high as 10 feet. There were sections where there was no sign of trail anymore and flood debris high up on what clearly are benches that don't often see flooding. There were also two spots where we were unable to avoid a water crossing. The first was more than hiking pole deep and we moved a bit upstream to avoid getting the minaj cousin's friends wet.

The water made the canyon quite humid and the warmth and difficult hiking conditions were taking a toll. We did get a good stretch of cloud cover which was a welcome relief. By the time we reached Owachomo Bridge we were pretty happy to be done. Maybe it was just being tired at the end of the hike, but I found this to be the least interesting of the bridges despite its impressive size.

We saw no one else while hiking and there were only a single handful of cars on the park roads as we entered and exited the park, and only two park service employees at the visitor center. Oddly serene.
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Jul 26 2020
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Charger55Triplogs 573
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Feb 15 2019
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
StoicTriplogs 546
Hiking0.29 Miles 22 AEG
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A short hike to view the Kachina Bridge
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Oct 05 2017
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66 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Natural Bridges NM, UT 
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AZWanderingBearTriplogs 700
Hiking10.54 Miles 1,157 AEG
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Day 2 of my 14-day found me in Natural Bridges NM. I set up camp, spent some time talking to the helpful rangers and then drove the loop hitting all the overlooks. The ruins were interesting looking from the rim, but there wasn't a way to get closer that I could sleuth out.Camp was a quiet night grilling a burger and turning in early. I don't sleep well in campgrounds -too many people and noises.

Headed out to do the Sipapu-Owachomo Loop following the ranger's good advice and leaving my vehicle at Owachomo and hiking counter clockwise starting across the mesa near sunrise. I thought the mesa portion of the hike would be boring, but it was great. There were huge areas of cryptobiotic soil, the cedar pinion forest, animal sounds, slick rock areas. Nice way to start.

The drop into Sipapu requires ladders, got to love a hike that requires ladders. I'd read a lot about this bridge in particular and enjoyed knowing the story as I descended. It is truly impressive to be under this formation.

The hike along the bottom of the drainage was nice. The trail isn't maintained and can be difficult to follow sometimes as it crosses and recrosses the stream bed, but you can't really get lost. Its pretty lush with cottonwoods, willows, tamarisk and two very out of place spruce trees. Some potholes of water were easily easily worked around and surrounded by deer, coyote and bobcat tracks. The ranger had warned me of extensive muddy areas, but those had largely dried and the little remaining was easily avoided. The quietness was a physical thing. I stepped on a dried cottonwood stick and the resulting loud snap seemed a violation of local protocol.

Passed one hiker going the other way before arriving at Kachina Bridge. The abutments of Kachina are just simply massive. A couple had dropped down from the overlook above. We exchanged pleasantries as I took my lunch in the shade of the bridge.

I was mindful of the ranger's admonition to NOT follow the White Canyon Creek drainage NW. "The next stop is Lake Powell in 50 miles. You won't make it," he said. But the trail took me upslope and I worried I was headed for the overlook and almost dropped back into the drainage below, only to realize going up was required to avoid the 80' pour off between Kachina and Owachomo. The remaining hike to Owachomo was through a narrowing canyon with the sun in my face. The trail became fainter, harder to follow until finally I saw the bridge and knew the truck was close by.

Stopped back at the visitor center to refill my water bottles and debrief the ranger on the trail. We swapped stories for a bit and then I headed back to camp for a nap in my tent cot and one more evening before pressing on the next morning.
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Apr 18 2016
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT 
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,589
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,100 AEG
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Road trip :)
Got to natural bridges national monument early afternoon
Plenty of time to hike down to sipapu bridge and almost up to the horsecollar ruins, then down to kachina and owachomo bridges
Great scenery on the drive up
Moki dugway was pretty cool
Stayed in blanding and headed for Moab on Tuesday
Bonus hiking on a travel day and a great start to the trip
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Dec 28 2014
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 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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LucyanTriplogs 1,152
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The most geologically recent of the three natural bridges is Kachina, characterized by a relatively small opening beneath a very thick span, making the arch difficult to spot from the highway. The path to the bridge is the longest of the three so not as many people make the hike, despite it being quite easy. The trail begins next to Kachina overlook; it descends a little, rounds a promontory beneath the viewpoint then drops down a lot more via many stone steps, to a junction with the canyon trail, here running a little way above the streambed in order to avoid a big pour-off just upstream. Turning right, the path soon reaches the wash, via a short ladder at one point, then follows alongside the stream to the bridge, which spans White Canyon just as it joins Armstrong Canyon and is enclosed on most sides by vertical cliffs, rising rather higher then the bridge itself. The thickness of the bridge and the steepness of the surrounding rocks make the large area underneath particularly cool and shady, though this also makes photography rather difficult, especially as the arch is in shadow most of the day, and further obscured by tall cottonwood trees that grow at either side. This is a quiet, peaceful place most of the time but subject to occasional stormy conditions as shown both from the large mass of sandstone boulders on the north side, remains of 4,000 tons of rock that fell from the bridge in 1992, and the deep pools and big piles of driftwood along the streambed - results of the powerful flash floods that often tear through the canyon, especially during the summer thunderstorm season.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
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 Joined Oct 11 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
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 Peoria, AZ
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
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 Pocatello, ID
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
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 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Pocatello, ID
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Hiking0.60 Miles 180 AEG
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Overlooks for all 3, plus exploration around Owachomo. Showing some friends the area for the 1st time.
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Day 3 of our trip:
Blanding :next: Natural Bridges :next: Little Egypt :next: Capital Reef :next: Escalante/Kodachrome
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