Summary: This is a wonderful hike that allows you to see upto six named arches, any one of which would be worth the moderately easy 4 mile hike. The main trail is well maintained, and wide. The first spur trail takes you to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. We were lucky enough to share Tunnel Arch with a small herd of grazing mule deer.
Next the trail leads to Landscape Arch, which at 306' long is one of the largest natural spans in the world. After visiting Landscape Arch, you begin your only significant uphill climb of the trip. You will walk well below Wall Arch, then climb higher to spur trails to Navajo and Partition Arch. The later offering great views out over the desert. At this point we retraced the main trail back to the trailhead, but you could continue on for an additional 2 1/4 miles for views of Double Arch and Dark Angel.
Trailhead: The trailhead lies at the end of main road through Arches National Park, just past the Devils Garden Campground. (Lat:38.78284 Lon:-109.59481)
Trail Guides for Devils Garden Trail, Arches National Park:
Utahs National Parks
by Ron Adkison (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: National Park Service - (435) 259-8161
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ron Long, who has posted 22 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by JZR on 4/28/2007
This hike is awesome, but the sun will wear you down, especially on the exposed sections of the primitive loop. Start early to beat the crowds from the camping grounds. All the arches are nice, except Dark Angel, which is just a tall black rock. There is plenty of additional exploring and rock-scrambling in the area. Just dont get lost - there are more than 15 rows of "fins" in one section and they all look the same.
Reviewed by KC on 11/30/2006
We hiked the loop. We came back down through the fins, or the primative trail. I highly recommend coming back this way if you go all the way to Double Arch. Which is beautiful. I really enjoyed Navajo Arch. Beautiful Arch. Coming back along Fin Canyon is a bit more difficult, with steep sections, and slickrock hiking, but it is well worth it, even though there is a lack of arches. The trail meets back up with the main trail at Landscape Arch, the whole loop is beautiful, for sure keep going past Landscape Arch.
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