Tower Arch Trail is a less traveled much less visited hike in Arches National Park which is exactly why it’s worth seeing. The feeling of having a trail nearly to yourself is hard to find these days.
Tower Arch Trail
This is a fun hike with many sights and few visitors. When we arrived there were 10 cars in the parking area and we saw maybe 10 people on the hike. You won’t find many hikes like Tower Arch Trail within Arches National Park with so few people. The 9 mile washboarded road is likely what keeps people away.
Facts To Remember
Distance: 5.2 miles round trip / approx 3-4 hours
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Starting Elevation: 4,970 feet
When To Hike: Year Round
Pets Allowed: No
Starting Location: Klondike Bluffs parking area
Time of Year: October, 2019
Parking and Getting There
We started our drive to Tower Arch trailhead using Salt Valley Road. This road is located in the northern area of Arches National Park and just north of Sand Dune Arch.
The road is almost 8 miles and is unpaved and very washboarded.
The drive is flat and has little to see but if you love this type of landscape it’s still enjoyable.
After approx 8 miles, you will see signs for the 4×4 road and to Tower Arch. Follow Tower Arch sign on the 1.3 mile Klondike Bluffs Road, also unpaved. At the end of this road, you will arrive in the parking area.
Parking is very limited in the main area but you can park on the side of Klondike Bluffs Road if needed.
There is also an information kiosk and a pit toilet. This is the ONLY toilet on the hike!
Hiking Tower Arch Trail
We have been looking forward to this hike for a long time. Each visit to Arches National Park takes us to the easier to access hikes.
The Hike Begins
The initial hike is steep and rocky and well marked. Just watch for cairns as you go. Once you get to the top, you’ll have a fantastic view of the valley.
Views After the Initial Hike Uphill
The Marching Men are part of a gigantic fin of eroding sandstone. The appear to be soldiers standing at attention on top of the massive sandstone fin.
Sandy Uphill Hike
This section of the hike isn’t very long but it’s uphill and all sand. It’s a leg burner! Aimee found a path around it but it took her the same amount of time but didn’t burn her legs.
This is a BIG arch with a 92 foot span! It is a large and solid arch! Very impressive sight as you come around the final turn in the trail.
This arch is just to the right of Tower Arch.
Thru the Arch and Above
After passing thru Tower Arch, we climbed over some boulders and worked our way to the left and up to the top. Fantastic view from up here! We spent easily an hour sitting up here enjoying the view.
This hike has it all except for crowds! Lots of interesting sights along this moderate hike. If you don’t mind driving on an unpaved road then you should check this hike out. We think you’ll like it!