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Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook

Intermediate

Trail

0.1 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -31' -10 m
High: 6,890' 2,100 m
Low: 6,860' 2,091 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

A short trail leading to a spectacular viewpoint of the Upper Cathedral Valley.

Eric Ashley

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Family Friendly With a short distance, this trail pays off with big views. The whole family will enjoy stretching a bit on the way to an incredible view.

The Hartnet Road requires a high-clearance vehicle.

Description

This short trail leading to the overlook heads north from the parking area and rises slightly through many black boulders to the top of a moderately steep slope, where it switchbacks quickly down to cross a sandy swale at the bottom. A very short ascent then leads to a large viewing area with a fine view of Upper Cathedral Valley.

To the north is a line of cathedrals of varying size and shape, and to their right stand some of the best fluted Entrada cliffs in the area. The overlook is above a small buttress that protrudes north toward the cathedrals and which is capped by the white Curtis Formation protecting the softer Entrada below.

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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Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef.
Mar 9, 2016 near Loa, UT
Upper Cathedral Valley
Nov 4, 2018 near Loa, UT
Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook.
Feb 19, 2016 near Loa, UT

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