Few hikes culminate with such wow as the Corona Arch Trail, but because of its proximity to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks it often gets overlooked. This 1.5 mile trail wanders over a slickrock landscape, marked with cairns, making it easy to follow. The trail gains 440 feet in elevation, most of it coming on a few short, steep scrambles equipped with steel cables (a trail version of handrails) for support.
The length of this trail and the need to climb ladders and use safety cables are things you need to consider when determining if you would like to join us. Children as young as five have done this trail without difficulty, while grown adults have not wanted to go up the second safety cable section. It really isn't that bad but I like everyone to know what to expect so they aren't thrown off when coming to this part of the hike.
With the many women hiking with us, there is nothing to worry because we usually have someone holding the bottom of the cable to ensure safety. Please don't let this little feature make you not want to participate in Corona Hike, there are many features within this hike that add to the charm. It definitely is a bucket list for newbies
Finding the trailhead: From Moab, drive northwest on US 191 to a left (south) turn on UT 279/Potash Road (1.3 miles west of the Colorado River Bridge). Drive south on UT 279 for 10 miles to the signed Corona Arch Trailhead on the right (east) side of the highway opposite the Gold Bar Campground.
Difficulty: Moderate; 250-foot elevation gain