Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
2.8 miles one way
Class 2 (Trail may have tree roots or rocks jutting out. Navigation skills may consist of following rock cairns and choosing turns at junctions. Elevation gains may be more substantial.)
The Cohab Canyon trail starts across the street from the Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park. It climbs about 300 feet to the head of the canyon then it's all downhill until you reach Highway 24.
March 16, 2013
The Cohab Canyon trail starts across the street from the Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park. It climbs about 300 feet to the head of the canyon then it's all downhill until you reach Highway 24 near the Hickman Bridge trailhead.
Troops 601 and 603 went to Capitol Reef for thier March campout. We decided to hike up Cohab Canyon then take a side trail up the ridge to the South then descend the non-technical canyoneering route through TOTGA canyon. We were following Beta from bluugnome.com. On the trip were 4 adults leaders (Jeremy, Kevin, Matt, and Joel), 6 Scouts (Mcquade, Sheldon, Canyon, Jace, Isaac, and ??), and two sons (David and Jonathan). Saturday morning we took down camp and drove over to the Historic Fruita Picnic Area parking lot to park.
We hiked along the road for a little bit to get to the trailhead.
The sign at the trailhead reads:
This area adjacent to this trail contains several rare and endemic plant species. National Park Service staff are monitoring these plants and visitor use in this area. Please stay on the trail to protect vegitation and soils.
The interpretive sign reads:
Cohab Canyon Trail
Distance: 1 3/4 miles one way.
After a strenuous climb for the first quarter-mile the hiking is moderate within the canyon. Explore narrow, hidden side canyons. Or take short spur trails to overlooks above the Fremont River Valley.
Frying Pan Trail
Distance: 3 miles between Cohab Canyon and Cassidy Arch Trails.
This is a strenuous hike among huge red and gold monoliths, with no water along the way. There are views from the very top of the reef.
From here, we left the Cohab Canyon Trail and started up the side trail.
From here we climbed over slickrock and found our own way up to the ridge.
We got to the top of TOTGA at around 10:45 after about 1.5 hours of hiking. The beta we had said that TOTGA Canyon was completely down-climbable. However, the difficulty of the down-climbs was more than we wanted to take our scouts on. I tried several different approaches but couldn't find an easy one for the scouts. So we decided to skip TOTGA Canyon and hike back down the way we came up.
When we got back to Betrothed Canyon, several of the boys really wanted to explore it.
On the hike out, we explored a few of the side canyons.
The boys played Hunger Games in Wife 5 for quite a while.
Then we went and played around in Wife 4 for a while.
The mouth of Wife 4 is quite narrow and fun to practice stemming and chimneying.
After exploring for a while, we headed back.
Round trip time for the trip was 4 hours 45 minutes.