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Rim Overlook Trail

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A steady climb through four steps to a spectacular view at the Rim Overlook.


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1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Point to Point

6,340' 1,932 m

High

5,472' 1,668 m

Low

868' 265 m

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9%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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The Rim Overlook Trail and Navajo Knobs Trail follow the same route from the intersection with the Hickman Bridge Trail. The Rim Overlook is reached at about the midway point on the longer hike to Navajo Knobs. From the heavily traveled Hickman Bridge Trail, begin climbing along wide Kayenta ledges, often on slickrock. The ascent to the spectacular views at the Rim Overlook is relieved by a few stretches of nearly level ground as the path contours around side drainages.

The four flats before the rim are pleasant interludes during both the ascent and descent. At the top of the climb after the first flat, hikers will notice a close-by exposure of Navajo Sandstone. Following the second flat, the route runs right up a Kayenta ledge at a moderate grade. The way is marked by cairns and the faint remnants of paint. The series of short flats and longer climbs continues for the final mile to the Rim Overlook.

The overlook offers spectacular views to east, south, west, and below. The degree to which the latter can be enjoyed depends upon the viewer’s tolerance of heights, but anyone can take in the more distant vistas without approaching the cliff edge. In any case, pay attention before moving around - it is a long drop to the canyon floor. From there, either continue along the Navajo Knobs Trail or head back to trailhead. During the late afternoon, the return hike provides nearly constant views of the Navajo domes and Fremont River canyon to the east, all nicely lighted with sharp shadows for contrast.

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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Fruita from Rim Overlook
Jul 29, 2018 near Loa, UT
Rising cliffs of the Waterpocket Fold
Jul 29, 2018 near Loa, UT
Along the Rim Overlook Trail.
May 13, 2016 near Loa, UT

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Apr 18, 2021
Aey Nisakorn
Mar 14, 2021
Shawn Hickman
Combined with Hickman Bridge. 4mi — 2h 30m
Jul 7, 2020
David Oliver
4.5mi — 1h 56m
Mar 13, 2020
Peter Morgan
Aug 14, 2018
Nick Jennings
Aug 6, 2018
Bailey Ramler
Jul 14, 2018
Brie Shaw
Apr 8, 2018
Tilman Giese