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Castle Arch
« on: March 17, 2017, 11:17:12 PM »

Trip to Castle Arch from Sky Bridge Road pulloff. With the leaves off of the trees, the arch is visible from the road, so tracking it up hill is actually quite easy. From the recent rain, Swift Camp Creek was high and moving at a good clip. There were no ideal spots to cross without having to take off shoes, rolling up pants and wading across in the ice cold water. Eventually, I was able to climb across a 20 foot section of a downed tree to get across the creek, which was a bit tricky. Once I managed to cross and remain dry, it was a direct ascent as you are looking directly up at Castle Arch. I must say, it is majestic. This is definitely one of my favorite arches in the Red. There are a lot of interesting rock features and shelters under the arch, you could spend hours exploring. If you have not yet had the opportunity to see the arch and enjoy the views from the top, I highly recommend it.

This area of the Red is beautiful, just beginning to enter into the outer edge of the Clifty Wilderness. The solitude and desolate feeling that it evokes has an eerie, but welcoming call to it.

Swift Camp Creek

Rock Features

Castle Arch Rock Shelter

Castle Arch

Top of Castle Arch

Hidden Trinket on top of Castle Arch

Views of Sky Bridge Ridge

Sky Bridge Rock Shelter

Distant view of Eagle Point Buttress and Eagle's Nest

Top of Castle Arch

Small Arch

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Re: Castle Arch
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 08:46:56 AM »

I agree with your assessment of Castle Arch...One of the more impressive in the gorge and a must visit for any frequent gorge visitor that wants to see some of the "off the main trail" features.  Great pics!


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Re: Castle Arch
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 01:54:09 PM »

Looks like a good day, the weather really cooperated with you.
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