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greenBlue Strike Valley Overlook Trail


0.5 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 127' 39 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,003' 1,830 m
Low: 5,877' 1,791 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Trail shared by Matt Callahan

The Strike Valley Overlook is a remarkable view in a remote corner of Capitol Reef National Park.

Matt Callahan

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Family Friendly Easy trail and minimum ascent up the rock formation to the viewpoint.

Turn off of the Burr Trail Road onto Upper Muley Twist Trailhead. There is a parking lot here for vehicles unable to drive through the access road to the trailhead. The first 3 miles along this access road follows a rugged dirt road into a large wash that can be driven by high clearance 4WD/AWD vehicles to a parking area for the Strike Valley Overlook.


You can access the start point for this incredible view point via the Upper Muley Twist Access Road. Follow the distinct trail that begins east just to the right of the sign. This dirt trail continues with ease for about a few hundred feet then takes a sharp right and down a few steps into a small wash. Continue to the left within the small wash, consisting of softer sand, till you reach the end.

You'll come upon a 25-foot section of slick rock before the steeper incline rock section. It may be hard to view the continuation of the trail at the end of the small wash and across the slick rock to base of the incline, but just continue straight across and begin your ascent. Pay close attention because there may be cairns marking the continuing trail to help guide you. The cairns continue gradually up the trail and can assist to reaching the top of the viewpoint.

When you reach the top, you'll notice a fairly large pile of stones, this marks the completion of the trail. The Strike Valley Viewpoint spans to the left and right along the sandstone cliff safely for about 500 feet in both directions giving you widespread views of the Waterpocket Fold in the valley below and incredible distant views of the Henry Mountains.

Special considerations: This area can be extremely hot in the late spring and summer seasons. There is very little shade from the sun along the trail and at the viewpoint, as well as no water along the route.

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Sep 17, 2018
Carine Istas
May 26, 2018
Ich Mensch
Apr 11, 2018
Tilman Giese
Mar 18, 2018
Jessica Bushman
Apr 17, 2016
Matt Callahan
Most underrated overlook in Capitol Reef National Park. Drove most the way down the access road then hiked half a mile to the trailhead. — 0h 30m

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