Frying Pan (Capital Reef National Park): Trail Report

The challenging 16km of Frying Pan Trail through Cohab Canyon over to Cassidy Arch Bridge is a rewarding experience you won't soon forget.

Suggested Stops

The Wild Rabbit Cafe in Torrey for a fresh and delicious menu and the best darn coffee.

Important Insights

Parking was a little tricky to figure out at first and I’m sure we parked in the wrong spot. Although it being so late in the season, no one seemed to mind.

There are a few trailhead and route options to tackle this hike:
1. Cohab Canyon Trailhead located on Scenic Drive. Turn South on Campground Rd from Route 24. Campground Rd turns into Scenic Drive. The trailhead is clearly marked on the east side. If you reached the Fruita Campground you’ve gone too far.
2. Hickman Bridge Trailhead located on the South side of Route 24.
3. Grand Wash Trailhead located on Grand Wash Rd. Turn South on Campground Rd from Route 24. Campground Rd turns into Scenic Drive. Cassidy Arch Trailhead (also referred to as Grand Wash TH) is 5.6 kms past the Cohab Canyon Trailhead.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com

Land Management

Frying Pan Trail is managed by Capitol Reef National Park.

Suggested Stops

The Wild Rabbit Cafe in Torrey for a fresh and delicious menu and the best darn coffee.

GPS Coordinates

38.282802992660194, -111.24621494406553

Street Address

Cohab Canyon Trailhead Torrey, UT 84775

Directions

343 kms (215 miles) drive from Salt Lake City (3 hr 20mins) or 19 kms (12miles) drive from Torrey (15 mins). From the town of Torrey, follow the Route 24 east to Camp Ground Rd and the Cohab Canyon Trailhead.

Parking

Small parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

Open year round, best used May-November.

Trail Map

Available from the National Park Service.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

4

Total Distance (km)

16

Elevation Gain (m)

800

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Ecological Significance

Activities

Hiking

Dogs

Permitted on-leash.