Capitol Reef National Park

Strike Valley Overlook

Strike Valley Overlook provides perhaps the best view of the Waterpocket Fold.

Beginning at the Strike Valley Overlook trailhead, this delightful hike first strolls through a sandy pinyon-juniper ecosystem, following a shallow wash. About 1/4 mile from the start, the Navajo slickrock begins. Follow the cairns, crisscrossing the slickrock up to the expansive overlook. Navajo Sandstone domes will be all around you, soaring hundreds of feet overhead.

From the overlook, you will have the Strike Valley below you, curving gracefully away both north and south. The Swap Mesa and the Henry Mountains loom on the eastern horizon, the Henrys frequently covered with snow until late May.

Trailhead: The Upper Muley Twist road leaves the Burr Trail about 1 mile west of the top of the Burr Trail switchbacks. Passenger cars can be driven one-half mile in to the Upper Muley Twist trailhead; four-wheel-drive vehicles can drive 2.5 miles farther up the canyon to the Strike Valley Overlook trailhead. All vehicles, including bicycles, are prohibited beyond Strike Valley Overlook trailhead.

Distance: Two miles round-trip from the Strike Valley Overlook trailhead; 7 miles round-trip from the Upper Muley Twist trailhead.

Note: Portions of the route are marked with rock cairns to help guide hikers in areas that might be confusing. There are no dependable sources of water along this route, though precipitation can temporarily fill waterpockets. Take plenty of water with you; don't count on finding water along the route. Occasional heavy rains can cause flash flooding in the bottom of Muley Twist canyon—keep an eye on the weather.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 25 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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