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Fairyland Loop Trail

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Length


5.3 Miles 8.6 Kilometers


1,157' 353 m

Ascent

-967' -295 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

7,965' 2,428 m

High

7,178' 2,188 m

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Shared By Megan W

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A less crowded trail that still packs in plenty of spectacular hoodoos, vistas, and towering cliffs.

Megan W

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The gated road to Fairyland Point Overlook (before the park entrance fee station) is sometimes locked or closed for the winter. You can still reach this route from Sunrise Point by using the Rim Trail.

Description

Although this trail is officially called the Fairyland "Loop" Trail, it does not actually start and end at the same place unless you also include the approximately 2.5 miles of travel on the Rim Trail between Fairyland Point and Sunrise Point. Completing the circle using both trails ends up being about 8 miles.

From the Fairyland Point parking area, dip down into the canyon heading northeast on the well marked trail. As you descend steadily, the impressive Fairyland amphitheater of hoodoos is sandwiched in on your right between the trail and Boat Mesa. Watch for the Sinking Ship formation across the valley to the east. After about 1.5 miles, the trail reaches its lowest point and begins a stiff climb up to a saddle and the cliffs below the Coliseum. From here the grades ease a bit until the Tower Bridge Side Trail turnoff - note that it's well worth the short detour to ogle Mother Nature's creativity.

Once back on the main Fairyland Loop Trail, begin the challenging climb up through parched Campbell Canyon, also crossing its namesake creek. The meandering trail ascends steadily through open terrain passing the Chinese Wall formation to the south. More vegetation and gnarled trees (look for evidence of lightning strikes) begin to appear closer to the rim. The Fairyland Loop Trail ends at a "T" junction with the Rim Trail about 0.3 miles north of Sunrise Point.

Flora & Fauna

Occasional rattlesnakes. Bristlecone pines.

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Sep 1, 2018
Mitchell Snow
Jul 13, 2018
Brie Shaw
Sep 5, 2017
Larry Deford
Aug 18, 2017
Blake Higley
Jul 5, 2017
Kristin Cooley
We probably only went about a mile from the point on the east side of this path but it was nice and very pretty.
Jun 27, 2017
David Gutekunst
Hiked down to tower bridge and back up. 3 miles
Apr 14, 2016
Cameron Meyers
Wicked views, very steep and last part is brutal but it was worth the experience/views 8.8mi — 5h 30m
Apr 10, 2016
Tilman Giese

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  4.7 from 6 votes

#7

in Ampitheater

#4160

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#7

in Ampitheater

#172

in Utah

#4,160

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