Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan Trails

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Utah, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Half a day
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Hike

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Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan Trails
Created On: May 18, 2018
Last Edited On: May 18, 2018


Overview

Cassidy Arch Trail is a popular hike in central Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. The trail takes you up 600 vertical feet to a slickrock bench at the edge of a big drop off where the arch sits. Frying Pan Trail branches off of Cassidy Arch Trail and goes to a high point with spectacular views of the surrounding slickrock mountains and canyons. It then descends 800 vertical feet into the colorful Frying Pan Canyon, goes back up a short distance and descends again to reach Cohab Canyon Trail where east will get you to Hickman Bridge Trailhead on Route 24 and west to park campground.

Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan Trails can be combined with Grand wash and Cohab Canyon Trails to create a beautiful 8.5 mile one way hike.


Getting There

Directions to Cassidy Arch/Grand Wash Trailhead:

From visitor center, drive 3.6 miles south on Scenic Drive and turn left onto the well graded dirt road. Continue 1.25 miles to the end of the road.


Blue line shows Cassidy Arch Trail and yellow line Frying Pan Trail. Open in Caltopo, click on lines to see hike profiles.


Cassidy Arch Trail

Cassidy Arch Trail is 1.6 miles long

From the trailhead, hike 1200 ft into Grand Wash Canyon and look for the sign for Cassidy Trail on the left. Follow this trail going up the walls of the canyon.

Grand Wash Canyon from near the start of Cassidy Arch Trail
Grand Wash Canyon from near the start of Cassidy Arch Trail

Views of the dirt road and Ferns Nipple.

From Cassidy Arch trail
From Cassidy Arch trail
Ferns Nipple from Cassidy Arch Trail
Ferns Nipple from Cassidy Arch Trail


First view of Cassidy Arch.

First view of Cassidy Arch
First view of Cassidy Arch

A nearby canyon.

On Cassidy Arch Trail
On Cassidy Arch Trail

You will then reach the signed junction with Frying Pan Trail. Turn left and continue on Cassidy Arch Trail to reach the arch.

Cassidy Arch
Cassidy Arch

Other views near the arch.

From near Cassidy Arch
From near Cassidy Arch
From near Cassidy Arch
From near Cassidy Arch


Ferns Nipple from near Cassidy Arch
Ferns Nipple from near Cassidy Arch


Frying Pan Trail



Frying Pan Trail is 2.75 miles long

Returning to the junction with Frying Pan Trail follow the trail uphill to a high point at 6460 ft where you will get spectacular views of the slickrock mountains to the north.

From the first high point on Frying Pan Trail
From the first high point on Frying Pan Trail

The trail then descends 800 vertical feet to reach the bottom of Frying Pan Canyon.

Descending into Frying Pan Canyon
Descending into Frying Pan Canyon

Looking back toward the high point (the trail did not go to the top of this hill, only the base of it).

First high point (trail goes by the base of this point)
First high point (trail goes by the base of this point)

Into the Frying Pan Canyon.

Descending into Frying Pan Canyon
Descending into Frying Pan Canyon
Crossing bottom of Frying Pan Canyon
Crossing bottom of Frying Pan Canyon



The trail crosses the bottom of the canyon and begins to go up the other side. View of Frying Pan Canyon.

Frying Pan Canyon
Frying Pan Canyon

Continuing up.

Toward the second high point
Toward the second high point
Frying Pan Canyon
Frying Pan Canyon



You will then reach a second high point at 5950 ft. Views from top.

From second high point on Prying Pan Trail
From second high point on Prying Pan Trail
From second high point on Prying Pan Trail
From second high point on Prying Pan Trail


From second high point on Prying Pan Trail
From second high point on Prying Pan Trail



The trail then descends into Cohab Canyon. Once in the canyon, you can go east to reach Hickman Bridge Trailhead on Route 24 or west to park campground.

Cohab Canyon
Cohab Canyon










Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan Trails

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