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This trail leads two and a quarter miles westward from the trailhead of an overlook of the Fruita Valley.

The trail to the Rim Overlook leads two and a quarter miles one way to a viewpoint of the Fremont River valley that includes the orchards and campground of Fruita. This route follows the Hickman Bridge Trail for a quarter mile before leading north to the Rim Overlook Trail. It gains nearly 1,000 feet before ending at 6,480 feet.

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 the switchback in 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.

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.

Elevation: 5,325 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,480 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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