After many days of hiking and an all day adventure on Wednesday, we were looking for a day of rest. But Thursday’s forecast was for decent weather in the morning followed by clouds and wind in the afternoon. With rain predicted for Friday and Saturday, we decided to take advantage of the good weather Thursday morning and headed out for a short hike (1.2 miles one way) to Longbow Arch. The trailhead is along Rte. 279 (Potash Road) in the parking area for Poison Spider Road.
The first half of the hike is steeply up, passing a nice panel of petroglyphs along the way.
After a few switchbacks the trail goes right up a steep area of slickrock. This part is easier than it looks and green markers painted on the rock makes the trail easy to follow.
The last part of the steep sliprock use to be a bit tricky to get over. But the Trail Mix Group has recently installed a series of hand holds, eliminating most of the danger.
After a half mile of “up” the terrain flattens and the trail meanders over slickrock and through some areas of fairly deep sand.
A mile from the trailhead the trail turns in to a canyon and Longbow Arch appears above.
The trail continues by the arch before turning and going right up under it.
Returning back down the trail we enjoyed great views of an area across the river called Behind the Rocks and the snow covered La Sal Mountains in the distance.
Then it was back down the steep section of the trail. Those new hand grips are nice going up but really help when going down.
This hike turned out to be perfect for the weather. We had clouds mixed with sun the entire time but the sun disappeared completely as we returned to the trailhead. There was even a little rain as we drove back to the motorhome. But more rain is on the way so we’ll definitely have a couple of days rest in our future!