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Landscape Arch Hike

An interpretive sign about Landscape Arch.

Landscape Arch is the longest natural arch in the world at 290 feet. The arch is located in the Devils Garden portion of Arches National Park approximately 1 mile from the trailhead.

Trip Report: April 13, 2012


Devils Garden to Double O Arch at EveryTrail

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Participants: Zac, Bryce, Jeremy, Tara, Savannah. We left around 2 p.m. on April 13, 2012.

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Zac and Bryce climbed up a dry fall on the side of the trail. Good practice for escaping potholes when canyoneering.

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Zac volunteered (against his will) to carry Savannah because my neck was hurting me.

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

We got to Landscape Arch in about half an hour. We stopped and took several panoramas and an HDR or two (on Zac's camera, not ours) then kept going. We should have detoured to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch, but we didn't know about them.

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

September 1, 1991 - Hikers thought they heard cracks of thunder from distant clouds. Visitors resting under Landscape Arch noticed loud cracking and popping noises overhead. They fled as small rocks tumbled from the slender 306-foot-long span. Moments later, a 60-foot-long rock clab peeled away from the arch’s right side. When the dust settled, 180 tons of fresh rock debris lay scattered on the ground. What caused this cataclysmic event? Water had been slowly shaping the arch for countless centuries, dissolving cement between sand grains, seeping into tiny cracks, freezing and expanding. What had finally upset the delicate balance?

Unseasonably heavy rains the preceding ten days may have filled pore spaces within the sandstone. The added weight may have finally overwhelmed the rock slab in its timeless struggle with gravity.

Devils Garden in Arches National Park
Devils Garden in Arches National Park
Devils Garden in Arches National Park
Devils Garden in Arches National Park
Devils Garden in Arches National Park

We weren't really sure how far we wanted to hike what with Tara being pregnant and all, but Double O Arch sounded cool, so headed that way.