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"Scenic Drive: Grand Wash Road/Trail" Top 5 Page for this destination Grand Wash Trail Tip by goodfish


Wish we'd been able to do more of this one 'cause what little we crammed in was fun but the clock was ticking...

Grand Wash Trail starts at the end of a 1-mile dirt road off of the paid section of Scenic Drive; about 3 miles or so from the visitor center. That road is in pretty good shape so you can normally do it with a 2-wheel drive unless there has been a lot of rain. The trail starts at a parking area at the end, travels 2.2 miles through a dramatically narrowing canyon, and winds up on Hwy 24. If you have two cars, you can leave one here and shuttle back, or just retrace your steps. It's a little under 5 miles RT, and you can add more by taking a fork near the trailhead that climbs up to Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan Trail.

But Grand Wash is really nice and not at all difficult: a pretty flat walk in a dry wash to the narrows. It's a good one for young families or folks who don't want, or need, to abuse their knees. Just mind the weather, OK? This is a dangerous place to be with rain in the forecast. Don't hike at all? Just the drive in to the trailhead is worth getting the car dusty.

Note: you can see Cassidy Arch from along the dirt road but you really have to look for it. It's in the middle of my third shot and I couldn't get under it enough to get a patch of sky through the opening.

Address: Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah , Capitol Reef National Park
Directions: The sign for Grand Wash Road will be on the left if you're heading south, past the ticket kiosk, on the Scenic Drive. If hiking this from Hwy 24, a parking area is about 5 miles east of the visitor center.

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2016
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