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Cohab Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (12)

A stunning red rock canyon leads visitors to fantastic viewpoints overlooking Capitol Reef NP.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

5,788' 1,764 m

High

5,360' 1,634 m

Low

338' 103 m

Up

430' 131 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Description

Beginning at the Scenic Drive, the trail climbs steep switchbacks to a river-sculpted terrace below the Wingate Cliff. After a short ascent, the path enters the canyon and drops quickly to the sandy floor. Side canyons and abundant vegetation add to the beauty of the red rock walls. As Cohab Canyon widens, the route traverses slickrock down to a junction with the trail that leads to the viewpoints high above on the north side. A junction with the Frying Pan Trail follows shortly as the path stays high above the deepening canyon and eventually descends to Highway 24, just east of the Hickman Bridge trailhead.

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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  4.3 from 12 votes

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Overlooking Fruita from the Cohab Canyon Trail.
Sep 2, 2016 near Loa, UT
The Castle in front of the Waterpocket Fold
Jan 6, 2019 near Loa, UT
Capitol Reef from Cohab Canyon Trail switchbacks
Jan 13, 2019 near Loa, UT
Gifford Barn.
Mar 9, 2016 near Loa, UT
Cohab Canyon Trail
Jan 6, 2019 near Loa, UT
Fruita and the Waterpocket Fold across from Highway 24
Jan 6, 2019 near Loa, UT

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Nov 14, 2020
Tim Rau
Added north and south Fruita overlooks for total of 3.2 mi.
Oct 15, 2020
Ethan Gingerich
Sep 23, 2020
Kari Vanderslice
Magical, incredible scenery. Stopped at both lookout points and many times along the way (hence the 2 hrs.) Loved the slot canyon portion and silence. 3.4mi — 2h 00m
Jun 12, 2020
McCory James
Aug 27, 2019
Alexandra Joan
Aug 26, 2019
Alexandra Joan
Jul 7, 2019
Merari McFarland
Beautiful vista — 1h 30m
Jul 3, 2019
Peter Z