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Corona Arch Hike

Jeremy rappelling from Corona Arch.

Corona Arch is a large arch located on BLM land near Moab, UT. The arch has an opening 140 feet wide and 105 feet tall. An easy, 1.5-mile trail takes hikers past Bow Tie Arch to the base of Corona Arch. The more adventurous can climb on top of the arch and rappel off the middle or swing through the arch.

Trip Report: April 12, 2012


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Corona Arch

Corona Arch is a large sandstone arch located west of Moab, UT on BLM land. The arch is approximately 140 feet wide by 105 feet tall. The trail to Corona Arch also passes Bow Tie Arch.

Corona Arch

On the 1985 USGS topo map (7.5' Moab quadrangle), Corona Arch is labeled as Little Rainbow Bridge.

Corona Arch

The trail starts across Highway 279 from Gold Bar Camping Area at GPS coordinates: 38°34'29.35"N, 109°37'57.07"W. There is a fairly large parking area. A short distance up the trail is a trail register.

Corona Arch

Then you'll cross the railroad tracks going up Bootlegger Canyon.

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
A gringoglyph of an alien.

It sprinkled a little bit while we were hiking, so Tara put my coat over sleeping Savannah.

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Some interesting miniature sandstone caves.

Once you round the bend at 38°34'42.38"N, 109°37'21.57"W, you can see Bow Tie Arch to the north. The trail goes right along the base of the arch.

Corona Arch

This is perhaps the most difficult part of the trail, although it's still quite easy. There are several Moki Steps climb with the help of a cable handrail.

Corona Arch
Corona Arch

There is also a small ladder to help people get up a small ledge. When we went, there were a bunch of slow people at the ladder, so we just climbed the rock to the side of the ladder, baby backpack and all.

Corona Arch

From here, you can get a good view of both Corona Arch (on the right) and Bow Tie Arch (on the left)

Corona Arch

The trail then continues past the base of Bow Tie Arch (38°34'50.41"N, 109°37'18.10"W).

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Corona Arch
This is a view of Bootlegger Canyon from above.
Corona Arch
Pregnant Tara hiking like a pro. (Also Zac and Bryce.)

The trail ends at Corona Arch (38°34'47.64"N, 109°37'11.70"W).

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Jeremy, Tara, and Savannah in front of Corona Arch.
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Zac lifting up Corona Arch.
Corona Arch
Jeremy lifting up Corona Arch.

From here, Tara and Savannah stayed under the arch while Zac, Bryce, and I went on to rappel off the arch.

Corona Arch

We passed under the arch.

Corona Arch

Then we climbed up the cliff to the east of the arch. This part was pretty sketchy. There are Moki steps up the cliff, but it's quite steep, and there's a drop-off of approximately 300 feet to the right.

Corona Arch

In the picture below, you can just barely make out the rope that we're lowering down the middle of the arch. The information that we had (http://climb-utah.com/Moab/corona.htm) said that the rappel was 140 feet long and that we would need two, 150-foot ropes or one, 300-foot rope. We ended up using a 75-meter (246 ft) rope and a 70-foot paracord pull cord with a 15-foot piece of webbing on the end to give it some weight. That gave us a total rope length of about 320 feet after knots.

Corona Arch

We threaded one end of the rope through the chains, tied a stopper knot, then began lowering the rope down. There were two problems though. The first was that we couldn't see the ground below us, so we couldn't tell when the rope reached the ground. The second was that the wind was blowing so hard that the rope didn't go straight down; it went something like straight sideways.

Corona Arch

We were trying to ask Tara if our rope was long enough, but we couldn't hear her because of the wind. So we let out a good amount of rope and set a knot block. Zac was the first one over the edge.

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Zac rappelling off Corona Arch.

Bryce soon followed.

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Bryce rappelling off Corona Arch.

I came down last.

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Jeremy rappelling off Corona Arch.
Corona Arch

It turns out we had plenty of rope. Quite a bit extra actually. I'm not sure exactly what the bare minimum is, but 300' is plenty.

Some pretty pictures from the return hike:

Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Corona Arch