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Chimney Rock Canyon

Intermediate

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1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 148' 45 m
Descent: -426' -130 m
High: 6,161' 1,878 m
Low: 5,877' 1,791 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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An iconic canyon in Capitol Reef treating visitors with easy running under towering sandstone walls

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Chimney Rock Canyon is quite beautiful, especially in early morning when the light reflects off the northwest wall and the southeast wall basks in the reflected glow. The red-coated Wingate Sandstone cliffs on both sides soar upwards about 350 feet. The floor of the canyon makes for easy navigation with no major obstacles, while lush and diverse vegetation adds to the ambiance. There are three side canyons that enter from the left, but the main canyon is easy to follow.

Starting from the junction with the Chimney Rock Trail, head down the primitive path to the wash below. Follow the wash for roughly a mile before reaching a signed junction with Spring Canyon and the trail's end. Those wishing to return to their car at the Chimney Rock Trail Parking Area can simply return the way they came. For those who wish to extend their journey, see Lower Spring Canyon.

This content was contributed by author Rick Stinchfield. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Capitol Reef National Park and to see more by Rick, click here.

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Overhanging walls in Chimney Rock Canyon.
Jan 1, 2019 near Loa, UT
Chimney Rock Canyon
Jan 1, 2019 near Loa, UT

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