Hickman Bridge Trail in Capitol Reef reopens

Published: Monday, Dec. 2 2013 1:27 p.m. MST

Hickman Bridge at Capitol Reef National Park.

Kersten Swinyard, Deseret News

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CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — The popular Hickman Bridge Trailhead has reopened after repairs.

A significant rockfall occurred at the trailhead off state Route 24 on March 23, 2012. Several hundred tons of material fell, blocking the only trail access to Hickman Bridge. The trailhead was officially closed upon discovery of the rockfall.

Due to the size of the rockfall, additional precautions were taken before the trailhead was reopened. The trailhead has been delineated, and the trail has been realigned around the debris pile. The work was accomplished with assistance from the Rocky Mountain National Park trail crew.

A portion of a retaining wall just beyond the rockfall was washed out during flooding in September. Hikers are advised to use caution when hiking through this area. Masonry work will be performed in the spring as warmer temperatures allow.

The 2-mile round-trip trail provides great views of the reef, Capitol Dome and Hickman Bridge, and also provides access to the Rim Overlook and Navajo Knobs Trail.

Caution is advised while hiking and visiting all locations in canyon country. Inherent dangers exist, including rockfall hazard, flash floods, loose footing and lightning. Stay alert, be aware of hazardous conditions and check with the visitors center staff for additional updates or weather conditions.

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