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This trail leads from Fruita Campground through a hidden canyon atop Capitol Reef to the Fremont River.

This trail follows a route through a hidden canyon that connects Scenic Drive to Highway 24. Hikers can begin at the Hickman Bridge or Fruita Campground. A shuttle makes this a quick trek through some beautiful and rugged terrain. This description details the trail from the campground.

The first quarter mile of this trail follows a stunning series of switchbacks. (A good place to view this feat in trail construction is from the Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail.) The track ascends at least 400 feet in this first stretch. Upon ascending the ridge views westward into the orchard-filled valley and canyons beyond abound. The trail enters the canyon atop Capitol Reef. One mile from the trailhead the Cohab Canyon Trail intersects the Frying Pan Trail. Take the middle trail to continue through Cohab Canyon descending to the Fremont River.

Directions: From Capitol Reef National Park, Fruita Campground Access: Drive southward on Scenic Drive to the trailhead immediately north of the campground.

Elevation: 5,510 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,420 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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