Summary: The trail starts as a leisurely stroll, with a Fruita Campground orchard on your left and the Fremont River on your right. After about 1/2 mile, you will pass through a gate, and start your climb.
The trail steadily climbs 400' over the next 1/2 mile, with nice river views all the way up. There are a few unsightly manmade distractions along the river, such as a couple of solar panels, utility boxes and what appeared to be sewage ponds. They disappear at the first switchback, where a rapids section of the river catches your attention. You then turn away from the river and make your way along the ridge to the top of the mesa. At the top, you are privileged with 360 degree views of the Park.
Retrace your steps to the campground, and grab yourself a snack if you are fortunate enough to be visiting while one of the various fruit trees are in season.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located at the Fruita Campground. Enter the campground at the B entrance, and drive to the back of the parking lot. (Lat:38.2815 Lon:-111.25033)
Trail Guides for Fremont River Trail, Capitol Reef National Park:
Utahs National Parks
by Ron Adkison (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: National Park Service - (435) 425-3791
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ron Long, who has posted 22 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jason on 5/20/2011
I ran this short, but steep, trail at sunset in mid-April 2006. We had been driving for a few hours and just pulled into the Orchard campsite and set up our tent. It could have been my frame of mind or the time of day, but of all the trails I've ever run (or hiked), this was a beauty. Looking out over the landscape from the top of that Mesa at sunset was almost spiritual.
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