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Cassidy Arch

Intermediate/Difficult
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Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer out and back
82% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 734' 224 m
Descent: -732' -223 m
High: 6,000' 1,829 m
Low: 5,393' 1,644 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 69% (35°)

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Trail shared by Matt Callahan

A classic desert trail leading to a spectacular natural arch.

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This area can be extremely hot during the late spring and summer seasons. After your ascent up the switchbacks, you'll start to lose the shade from being inside the canyon.

Overview

Don't let the difficulty rating scare you away from this highly trafficked 3-mile round trip out and back trail leading up to an incredible arch overlooking the canyon below.

Description

After turning off the scenic drive, you'll continue down a dirt road easily accessible by any car. The road continues for about a mile, ending at the parking area and start point for the Grand Wash Trail.

Begin down the Grand Wash Trail from the parking area for a few hundred yards and the sign for Cassidy Arch Trail appears on your left. The trail begins gaining elevation rapidly via well-made switchbacks leading up the canyon wall. The trail is easy to navigate and climb via the well marked and maintained route along the canyon rim. The views along the trail are worth every minute and drop of sweat throughout the trip.

As you continue along the trail after the series of switchbacks, the trail will continue skirt the canyon rim until you reach a section of the trail at a dry wash where you must take a sharp left continuing on and up the trail. (Beware of this section because the path appears to continue straight through the soft sand wash, and misleading footprints are common. A few rocks blocking the wash try to prevent you from continuing straight in the wrong direction)

After taking the left at this wash, you begin a slight climb, and eventually head around a bend to your first breathtaking view of the canyon, surrounding cliffs and in the distance to the right Cassidy Arch. Continue to follow the trail until you reach a sign at a fork for different trails. Follow the directions and arrow for Cassidy Arch trail to the left and down a few steps from the sign for another 0.5 miles.

As you continue on the last stretch of the trail you'll begin to notice an increase in cairns and desert wood marking the route. You'll start to lose the distinct dirt trail and begin to ascend slightly across and up slick rock formations. Follow the cairns along the slick rock which eventually guides you to the grand view of the Cassidy Arch. From this incredible view you can also work your way out safely onto the larger more structured arch capturing amazing pictures and views.

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Apr 21, 2019
Charly Jackson

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  4.8 from 24 votes

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Photos

Your first view of Cassidy Arch after the bend.
Apr 24, 2016 near Loa, UT
This is a view of the road leading to the trailhead.
Apr 18, 2017 near Loa, UT
Climb to the other side from the arch for a good view.
Apr 18, 2017 near Loa, UT
The Cassidy Arch Trail is well marked through this section.
Apr 18, 2017 near Loa, UT
Cassidy Arch from afar with Grand Wash on the left.
Jan 13, 2019 near Loa, UT
Looking down into Grand Wash as you ascend up Cassidy Arch Trail.
Jan 13, 2019 near Loa, UT

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