trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Good call. Morning dawned well below zero with plenty of snow on the ground.
The Visitor Center is everyone’s first stop. From there it’s only a few miles to Hickman Bridge trailhead where you have the option of 4 hikes:
• Hickman Bridge
• Rim Overlook
• Navajo Knobs – 9mi return, 1649ft ascent
• Cohab Canyon
These range from “easy” (Hickman Bridge) to “challenging” (The Knobs), ideal for a mixed ability group.
The route is well marked with cairns.
Views are wonderful throughout though there’s not much protection from wind and sun.
Pectols Pyramid is the first highlight of many.
My first rattlesnake ever! (They’ve seen me, but I’ve never seen one of them.)
… Apparently it’s too early in the Spring for this guy. And a Ranger told me they are only very rarely found on this trail.
Was he looking for this guy?
The route climbs parallel with the highway. Here’s the valley far below:
The Navajo Knobs?
A bit of a let down. They’re simply 2 bumps of limestone atop the Waterpocket Fold. The main reason to go the extra miles is to see around the corner. It’s impressive!
I left a Summit Stone atop one Knob, reward for anyone keen enough to get up there.
Rangers were pushing this guidebook: Capitol Reef National Park – The Complete Hiking and Touring Guide.
I used my trusty Lonely Planet Hiking in the USA.
As both a driving tour, and hiking destination, I highly recommend Capitol Reef.
See the rest of my photos from this day hike.