TH: Large developed trail head.
Trail Conditions: Very well packed down double track with a short section of slab rock. Non-technical, easy navigation.
AllTrails Route: Delicate Arch
My Route: Same
Elevation Gain: 600ft.
Water: Never enough to filter from. Winter and Spring will have a few minor creeks running through.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed in National Parks.
Special Notes: Stay far, far away from this entire park from mid March – October. This trail is one of the most popular trails in the world. Fat chance of enjoying this outdoor space anywhere close to Spring and Summer. We went at the end of February and it was awesome. We had a good weather day and shared this trail with maybe 20 people, (as opposed to 100’s during the summer).
Seriously, if you really want to appreciate this trail, try to go in winter. Delicate Arch is one of the most popular outdoor features in the world and it is fucking Disneyland most of the year.
We went in late February and shared the trail with about 20 people. Not bad. In late winter, you most likely will get an added bonus of some snow fall which adds for beautiful contrast that you don’t get in the summer. This also fills the usual dry creek beds with cold, crystal mountain water. To me, there are few things more special than seeing a healthy flowing creek, river, stream in the middle of the desert.
As you can probably assume, the trail is nicely packed down double track with a short section of slab rock. Non-technical, easy route finding. It is an easy 1.5 miles out to the arch.
This trail should be a must for anyone before they die. Try to help the parks out and go in the off season (which is short). Don’t be part of the problem and do like the rest of the sheep do.