Day 7: Capitol Reef
(This is part 7 in a 9 part series. Click here to start at Day 1)
Not the nicest weather day. Off and on rain with more rain expected later in the morning. But that didn’t deter us. We left the cabin pretty early to get as much hiking in before the weather turned.
Our first destination was ‘The Grand Wash’. This trail was in a stream along giant stone wall canyons that tapered to just 15 feet wide in a location called the Narrows. We were a bit apprehensive because we were aware that just two weeks earlier some people lost their lives in a wash at Zion NP when a flash flood cascaded through the wash. We cautiously walked the wash to the Narrows until it started to rain steadily. That was our signal to make our way back, which we did just as the rain turned to a deluge. At this point it made sense to go back to the cabin, dry off and wait for the rain to stop. This free time was also used to change our reservation near Bryce Canyon NP to go from a campsite to a motel. Again, weather was a big factor in our decision to take the softer option.
Having made our arrangements and dried off, we went back to the park and this time hiked the Hickman Bridge trail (I’m still trying to find the difference between an arch and a bridge, since they both look the same to me). This was a very pleasant, uphill, 2.4 mile out and back hike with nice views of the valley, the various formations of Capitol Reef and a magnificent arch (bridge).
We had some additional time to explore other parts of Capitol Reef so we ventured south on Scenic Drive toward Capitol Gorge. But we stopped when we met a closed gate that required additional payment. We balked at the extra charge and decided to forgo the drive and instead spend some time planning our last two days.Continue on to Day 8 here.