The weather prediction here in central Utah has continued to include the chance of rain and thundershowers in the afternoon, not good for hiking in canyons and washes. So one day we decided to do another short hike, one that went up and through a high canyon then continued up to a couple of scenic viewing points.
The Cohab Canyon Trail is a through hike that can be accessed from either end of a canyon a little under two miles in length. Once in the middle of the canyon there are two trails that branch off, one leading to a large arch and one leading up to the two viewpoints. The hike to the arch is a bit lengthy, so we’ll save that for a day without a prediction of rain.
We began the hike at the west end trailhead across from the Capitol Reef NP campground. The trail immedietly goes up 320 feet in a quarter mile of switchbacks.
At the top of the switchbacks the trail turns east and enters a rocky, narrow canyon.
The walls along the beginning of the canyon are filled with swirls and indentations made from blowing sand and water.
Along the way we explored a couple of narrow slots that only went a short distance into the sides of the main canyon before becoming to narrow for hikers.
After hiking the main canyon for a bit under a mile we found the side trail leading up to the two scenic points, one looking to the west while the other to the east.
On the return hike through Cohan Canyon we enjoyed the views of the pock-marked canyon walls. The holes are called solution cavities and are formed in certain rocks, such as limestone, where portions have been dissolved by percolating water.
Torrey is a pretty small community (pop. 180) but its proximity to Capitol Reefs NP and other nearby parks attracts many visitors. A number of small hotels and restaurants are in town cater to the tourists (and the locals). One of the newer spots in Torrey’s “night life scene” is the Saddlery Cowboy Bar and Steak House ( It was just being completed during our last visit two years ago.). The Saddlery is only open on weekends from May through October (its closed the rest of the year) and last weekend was their first opening for the year. Our local friends, Larry and Annette, invited us to join them for dinner there on Saturday night. How can you pass up a meal at a place with a giant stuffed bull in the entrance!
Just as we finished our dinner (the food was great), the band cranked it up. A group from Salt Lake City entertained us with a great mix of cowboy, country, and oldies rock and roll.
The weather in central Utah has continued to be a bit threatening during the next few days so it looks like we may have to extend our visit so we can get to do all the hiking we have planned.
More on that later . . .