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Great hikes in Arches NP?
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Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Great hikes in Arches NP? on 03/25/2010 11:40:34 MDT Print View

Heading to Arches tomorrow. What hikes should I do? Overnight backpack is possible, but more likely to day hike. I'm ok with short or long distances. I've been before, but a long time ago, so I'm interesting in anything, even the touron stuff.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Great hikes in Arches NP? on 03/25/2010 11:49:19 MDT Print View

Great, I left my park maps at a buddy's house in Texas. But I'm pretty sure there is no overnight backpack type camping at Arches. There are some 7 mile loops I think, and the Ranger guided Furnace tour is pretty cool.

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Delicate Arch on 03/25/2010 12:01:44 MDT Print View

You've probably seen pictures of Delicate Arch (or maybe the old Utah license plates), but it's still an absolute must-see. It's easily one of the most beautiful spots I've ever seen, and even if there's a bunch of other hikers there, it's worth going to.

Chad Roberts
(carobe) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Alternate Routes on 03/25/2010 12:20:40 MDT Print View

If you can only make it to Delicate Arch and want to avoid the tourons, consider going around and behind it, as a full dayhike.

Travis Naibert
(outwest) - F
ranger guided furnace and courthouse wash on 03/25/2010 12:24:37 MDT Print View

as already mentioned, take the ranger guided fiery furnace hike. Also, if you have a shuttle you can do a real cool 3/4 day off trail hike up courthouse wash from where the wash intersects the hwy west of Moab a few miles up to where the wash crosses the park road. some cool petroglyphs and should be water this time of year in there. I don't remember how far it is, but I want to quess about 10 miles +/-.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
backpacking in Arches on 03/25/2010 13:42:04 MDT Print View

Backpacking is allowed, just not encouraged, in Arches.

The thru-hike of Courthouse was from the highway up near the turnoff to Island in the Sky down to the highway near town is very nice. If you have a bike a self-shuttle is easy.

Exploring the Courthouse Towers area is fun. Near the southern end of the Park Avenue trail there are several scrambles up to the top, and at least one way back down on the north side towards Sheep rock.

Another great scrambling area is Herdina Park, off the old entrance road. You can hike north from the road and find a way to Eye of the Whale Arch through the middle of the labyrinth, but it might take a bit of wandering and problem solving. It's like a little Fiery Furnace without the permit nonesense.

Hiking Salt Wash from Wolfe Ranch down to the Colorado is fun, but you need a car shuttle or long bike shuttle, and you have to swim the river. Carried a wetsuit along to do that hike in February back in the day.

I've always wanted to explore Lost Spring Canyon, but never got around to it. That would be a fun overnight.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Great hikes in Arches NP on 03/25/2010 19:18:21 MDT Print View

Off to the land of the Moabites eh Jack?

Sounds like dave C knows his way around. If you don't have the time to get creative just take the hike out to the double "O" and then the loop hike from there back. If it's a clear evening go to the area around the window arches for the sunset.

Agree with Dave the rigamarole around entry ( without a guide) to the Fiery Furnace is tedious at best; but boy the Fiery furnace is one fun 3 dimensional playground and puzzle!

If you're in town and want to try something ahh less structured; check this out.

Edited by obxcola on 03/25/2010 19:22:48 MDT.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
Arches on 03/30/2010 16:27:04 MDT Print View

Arches. Beautiful. Enjoy this book; Google it.