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This trail leads four and a half miles westward from the Hickman Bridge Trail, passing Hickman Bridge and The Castle before reaching Navajo Knobs.

The trail to Navajo Knobs leads four and a half miles one way to a viewpoint of this slickrock formation. This route follows the Hickman Bridge Trail then the Rim Overlook Trail to reach the slickrock-covered rim of Capitol Reef. It gains nearly 1,600 feet en route to Navajo Knobs. The terminus of this trail provides an excellent panoramic view of the Waterpocket Fold and points east and south.

The trail begins at the Hickman Bridge Trailhead on Highway 24. It follows the river a short distance then switches back on itself before splitting. Follow the right side of the trail, which is signed as the Rim Overlook Trail. Follow this track as it ascends to the rim of Capitol Reef. Capitol Dome is visible from this point of the trail, immediately east.

The Rim Overlook Trail continues for two more miles from Hickman Bridge Trail. It gains 1,080 feet en route to the overlook. Past the Rim Overlook the Navajo Knobs Trail continues to follow the ridge northeastward two miles. This last portion of the trail ascends 500 feet over slickrock mounds. It skirts the eastern flanks of The Castle then turns westward. The route ends at the base of Navajo Knobs, elevation 6,980 feet.

Directions: From Capitol Reef Visitor Center, Drive eastward on Highway 24 approximately 1.5 miles to the Hickman Bridge Trailhead. Follow the Hickman Bridge Trail .25 miles to a fork. Bear right at this trail fork and follow the Rim Overlook Trail 2 miles to the beginning of the Navajo Knobs Trail.

Elevation: 5,325 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,980 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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