Tower Arch is one of those rare places in a National Park where you can go on a published trail and see very few people, if any at all. It was a lovely day for this three and a half mile round-trip hike.
The only thing on the agenda today was to hike the only public access (no permit needed) trail in the park that we hadn't yet hiked.
We finally got out the door around 11:00. We drove the dirt road over to Klondike Bluffs and parked at the trailhead.
The first part of the trail is up through the rocks. It's fairly steep and requires some effort.
Looking back down at the parking area ...
before heading over the ridge line.
You've figured out by now that these dead trees fascinate me and make for interesting photos.
This middle part of the hike was downhill amongst beautiful scenery.
Red towers framed by junipers.
At this point, we started going uphill again.
Most of my shots are taken with the sun to my back, but I thought this one into the sun turned out pretty cool.
Much of the last part of the trail is uphill through thick sand. That makes for quite a workout.
Now we are entering into the area of the Tower Arch.
After 1.7 miles, we came to the arch.
I had hiked to this arch before, but came from the 4WD trail parking lot - a much easier hike if your vehicle will make it out the 4WD road.
Tower Arch is huge.
Linda sat down in the shade of the arch and relaxed for a bit.
Just beyond Linda against the rock were two guys from Arkansas. They were in town as vendors for the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. But today, they were looking for some solitude away from the crowds.
They were the only other people we saw. Tower Arch is the place to come to escape from the crowds as the trailhead requires 8 miles of driving off the main road and then a 3.4 mile roundtrip hike. Most visitors won't make that commitment of time when they can see so much more closer to the main park road.
We grabbed a nice spot just in the sun under the arch and looked out at a fabulous view.
After sitting awhile, I got up to take this shot from below.
We enjoyed our time on this hike. And we will remember it for the times we want to spend a few hours alone.
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