Navajo Knobs Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,892' 577 m
Descent: -1,892' -577 m
High: 6,909' 2,106 m
Low: 5,343' 1,628 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“Beautiful views following the Rim Overlook. 9.5 miles round trip and nearly 2,000 ft of climbing.”— Trent Carlisle
Be mindful of the rock cairns the mark the trail. They are there, and you'll be able to follow the trail just fine if you keep looking for them.
The run is about 9.5 miles round-trip and consists of almost 2,000 ft of elevation gain. The park lists it as strenuous, but while it is challenging it is very do-able to most people. Just a lot of uphill but the views are worth it. You'll get a great view of the main area of the park, Fruita, and the Castle.
The midpoint overlook aka Radio Tower spur offers a good break spot halfway up the trail. I recommend stopping here for a bit. Just past this point the trail dips slightly an follows the cliff and provides an amazing continuous view the rest of the way up. While it does follow the cliff line, this is by no means a narrow trail at all. You'll have plenty of trail space.
You'll follow this "cliff side" until you join to what I will call a small canyon. You may have a slight difficulty in following the trail, as one might think you would continue straight; however just go left and continue to follow the "cliff side" as it bends to the left giving you a full view of the trail you were just on.
When you approach the Knobs it can be difficult to find the trail. The trail to the top of the Knob approaches from the northeast and may be a bit of a short scramble.
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Land Manager: NPS - Capitol Reef National Park