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Lower Cathedral Valley Overlook Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

A quick desert traverse to spectacular views of Cathedral Valley and its beautiful rock formations.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

5,970' 1,820 m

High

5,821' 1,774 m

Low

149' 45 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Family Friendly Kids will love being rewarded with fantastic views for less than a mile of hiking.

Description

Starting from the Lower Cathedral Valley Overlook Trail Parking Area, follow the trail as it leads across a flat and up a steep climb to a saddle high above Lower Cathedral Valley, where there is a good view of the Temple of the Sun and a partial view of the Temple of the Moon.

Those wishing to experience a better view of the Temple of the Moon can reach a second saddle by hiking though washes to a hiker-made trail that climbs steeply to the Lower Cathedral Valley East Overlook, sporting better views of the Temples, but offering a less sweeping panorama.

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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  3.5 from 2 votes

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Lower Cathedral Valley with the Temple of the Sun at the center.
Nov 4, 2018 near Loa, UT
The tip of Temple of the Moon rising from the floor of Lower Cathedral Valley with Black Mountain and Factory Butte in the background.
Nov 4, 2018 near Loa, UT
Lower Cathedral Valley from the overlook
Nov 4, 2018 near Loa, UT

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Apr 12, 2018
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