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Cassidy Arch

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (30) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A classic desert trail leading to a spectacular natural arch.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Out and Back

6,000' 1,829 m

High

5,393' 1,644 m

Low

734' 224 m

Up

732' 223 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

69%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Unknown

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Family Friendly Easily navigable trail and incredible views make for a journey the whole family will remember.

This area can be extremely hot during the late spring and summer seasons. After your ascent up the switchbacks, you'll start to lose the shade from being inside the canyon.

Overview

Don't let the difficulty rating scare you away from this highly trafficked 3-mile round trip out and back trail leading up to an incredible arch overlooking the canyon below.

Description

After turning off the scenic drive, you'll continue down a dirt road easily accessible by any car. The road continues for about a mile, ending at the parking area and start point for the Grand Wash Trail.

Begin down the Grand Wash Trail from the parking area for a few hundred yards and the sign for Cassidy Arch Trail appears on your left. The trail begins gaining elevation rapidly via well-made switchbacks leading up the canyon wall. The trail is easy to navigate and climb via the well marked and maintained route along the canyon rim. The views along the trail are worth every minute and drop of sweat throughout the trip.

As you continue along the trail after the series of switchbacks, the trail will continue skirt the canyon rim until you reach a section of the trail at a dry wash where you must take a sharp left continuing on and up the trail. (Beware of this section because the path appears to continue straight through the soft sand wash, and misleading footprints are common. A few rocks blocking the wash try to prevent you from continuing straight in the wrong direction)

After taking the left at this wash, you begin a slight climb, and eventually head around a bend to your first breathtaking view of the canyon, surrounding cliffs and in the distance to the right Cassidy Arch. Continue to follow the trail until you reach a sign at a fork for different trails. Follow the directions and arrow for Cassidy Arch trail to the left and down a few steps from the sign for another 0.5 miles.

As you continue on the last stretch of the trail you'll begin to notice an increase in cairns and desert wood marking the route. You'll start to lose the distinct dirt trail and begin to ascend slightly across and up slick rock formations. Follow the cairns along the slick rock which eventually guides you to the grand view of the Cassidy Arch. From this incredible view you can also work your way out safely onto the larger more structured arch capturing amazing pictures and views.

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Matt Callahan

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Photos

Cassidy Arch in front of the beautiful Grand Wash
Nov 1, 2019 near Loa, UT
Reaching the top and a full view of Cassidy Arch.
Apr 24, 2016 near Loa, UT
Shortly after the switchbacks - a peak at how the trail looks.
Apr 21, 2016 near Loa, UT
Your first view of Cassidy Arch after the bend.
Apr 24, 2016 near Loa, UT
The trail skirting along the canyon rim on the way to Cassidy Arch.
Apr 24, 2016 near Loa, UT
A hiker for reference displays this arch's massive scale.
Apr 18, 2017 near Loa, UT

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