Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pine Tree Arch (Arches National Park)


Pine Tree Arch

Overview:
Pine Tree Arch is one of two arches in very close proximity; the other is Tunnel Arch. It is very easy to visit both in the same trip as the distance between them is only a quarter of a mile or so. The trail is very well marked and well maintained, which makes this an excellent hike for families with children. Also, there are other arches of interest in this area, including the formidable Landscape Arch, the largest natural arch in the world.

Note: There is a park entrance fee of $25 to enter Arches National Park.

Trailhead:

  • From Moab Main St (HWY 191) head North

  • About 1.8 miles from the bridge over the Colorado River you'll come to the gate to Arches National Park

  • Follow the National Park Road to the Devil's Garden trailhead

  • You'll receive a park map upon entrance which will help you find this and other trails


GPS: 38.787306°, -109.598772°
Distance: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: 1
Hike Time: 30 min - 1 hour
Trail Condition: Well marked and well maintained
Season: Early Spring to late Fall

Detailed Description:
You can access Pine Tree arch from the Devil's Garden trailhead, the farthest point of interest on the paved Arches Entrance Road. The trail is well marked by signs, and lined with rocks, making the route very easy to follow. When you arrive at the arches, the sight of them towering over you is quite amazing. Take a moment to stand underneath Pine Tree Arch and take it all in.

As you can tell from the photos, be prepared to meet a lot of people on the trail as Arches is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Again, the trail is well maintained and well marked, and there are some slight inclines as the trail goes over some fairly hilly terrain. There are some remarkable views of sandstone "fins" stretching out across Arches National Park, and of the La Sal mountains to the east of Moab.

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