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Cohab Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (14)

A stunning red rock canyon leads visitors to fantastic viewpoints overlooking Capitol Reef NP.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

5,788' 1,764 m

High

5,360' 1,634 m

Low

338' 103 m

Up

430' 131 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Description

Beginning at the Scenic Drive, the trail climbs steep switchbacks to a river-sculpted terrace below the Wingate Cliff. After a short ascent, the path enters the canyon and drops quickly to the sandy floor. Side canyons and abundant vegetation add to the beauty of the red rock walls. As Cohab Canyon widens, the route traverses slickrock down to a junction with the trail that leads to the viewpoints high above on the north side. A junction with the Frying Pan Trail follows shortly as the path stays high above the deepening canyon and eventually descends to Highway 24, just east of the Hickman Bridge trailhead.

This content was contributed by author Rick Stinchfield. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Capitol Reef National Park and to see more by Rick, click here.

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Overlooking Fruita from the Cohab Canyon Trail.
Sep 2, 2016 near Loa, UT
The Castle in front of the Waterpocket Fold
Jan 6, 2019 near Loa, UT
Capitol Reef from Cohab Canyon Trail switchbacks
Jan 13, 2019 near Loa, UT
Cohab Canyon Trail
Jan 6, 2019 near Loa, UT
Fruita from the strenuous ascent up Cohab Canyon Trail
Jan 6, 2019 near Loa, UT
Gifford Barn.
Mar 9, 2016 near Loa, UT

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May 21, 2022
Maura McLay
Apr 30, 2022
Nick Kepf
Combined this with Hickman Bridge. Great hike though the canyon, don't miss the overlooks. Tough climb to start.
Sep 6, 2021
Brett Wolfley
Sep 1, 2021
Andrii Khmelkov
May 2, 2021
Breck Tuttle
Apr 28, 2021
Kevin Caylor
3.1mi — 2h 02m
Nov 14, 2020
Tim Rau
Added north and south Fruita overlooks for total of 3.2 mi.
Oct 15, 2020
Ethan Gingerich