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Kachina Bridge Overlook - 5 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 15 2019
Stoic
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 Routes 212
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44 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
Stoic
Hiking0.29 Miles 22 AEG
Hiking0.29 Miles      10 Mns   1.74 mph
22 ft AEG
 
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A short hike to view the Kachina Bridge
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Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
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64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Natural Bridges NM, UT 
Natural Bridges NM, UT
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking10.54 Miles 1,157 AEG
Hiking10.54 Miles
1,157 ft AEG
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1st trip
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
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT 
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
1,100 ft 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
Lucyan
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 Routes 1
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39 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2014
Lucyan
Hiking0.70 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles   1 Hour      0.70 mph
400 ft AEG
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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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Oct 02 2011
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2011
nonot
Hiking0.25 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking0.25 Miles      5 Mns   3.00 mph
20 ft AEG
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May 17 2011
Kel1969
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 Routes 5
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51 male
 Joined Oct 11 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 17 2011
Kel1969
Hiking1.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      40 Mns   1.80 mph
500 ft AEG
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May 19 2009
hippiepunkpira
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 19 2009
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking0.45 Miles 40 AEG
Hiking0.45 Miles
40 ft AEG
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Sep 03 2006
PaleoRob
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38 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Kachina Bridge OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2006
PaleoRob
Hiking0.25 Miles 20 AEG
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
Sep 03 2006
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
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38 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2006
PaleoRob
Hiking0.60 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.40 mph
180 ft 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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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
May 25 1992
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Day 3: S Utah, UT 
Day 3: S Utah, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 25 1992
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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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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