Delicate Arch is a widely recognized symbol of the state of Utah. It adorns many of their license plates including their centennial plate. The trail to the best viewing point is a mile and a half of uphill hiking, but it is quite worth the effort. The arch stands on the edge of a cliff with the La Sal Mountains in the background. Beautiful.
Around noon, we decided it was too pretty to hang around the campground. How about a hike?
We've hiked almost all the trails here. But we still hadn't done one of the most popular - Delicate Arch.
It's a mile and a half in and a mile and a half back. No big deal, right? Well, we soon learned that it is a mile and a half of walking up and up and up. We looked like we were part of a long line of ants.
It's an elevation change of 480 feet from the parking lot, back over Linda's shoulder, ...
to the arch. It's a tiring stretch for sure.
The first part of the trail isn't real exciting. It's in full sun exposure up slickrock for quite a distance. It requires a rest stop or two.
But the last half mile starts getting interesting.
I scrambled up to this little arch ....
and was rewarded with an incredible view.
Then it was just a short walk on a ledge ...
and then, around the corner, it opens up to one of the most recognized symbols in Utah - Delicate Arch.
Linda decided to hike down under the arch for a photo from a different angle.
You can barely see her on the right side as the arch dwarfs her.
Beyond the arch is just a fall away into what looks like an abyss.
We hung out there for awhile. One last shot before heading back down.
It's hard to get a photo of the arch with no people in it as it is one of the most popular destinations in the park.
It was much easier going down.
At the bottom of the trail behind an old homestead known as Wolfe Ranch, there are some nice petroglyphs.
Rock art abounds in the Moab area.
Like most of our hikes in Arches National Park, the Delicate Arch Trail is surely one we would repeat.
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