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Overview

RATING: Class 4 Hiking

Sun

54 | 34

Mon

61 | 33

Tue

65 | 37

Wed

64 | 40

Thu

57 | 37

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: 10 m ( 33 ft. ) rope
WATER: None, bring all you need.

Sun

54 | 34

Mon

61 | 33

Tue

65 | 37

Wed

64 | 40

Thu

57 | 37

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Views Looking North

Views Looking North

Ferns Nipple is prominent and viewable from many areas of the park. From a distance, it looks remote and a potentially difficult summit to reach via very complicated navigation. In reality, however, this is a fairly casual route that is frequently done. Though it has some exposure, the hike is relatively straightforward and never harder than easy 5th class. In truth, it is likely only 4th class with a little bit of exposure. A short rope (10m) may be recommended for the timid, but most won't need it.

This is not a route for absolute beginners, but for those with a bit of scrambling and navigation experience, it is a wondrous route. The intricate and complex path up from Grand Wash soon gives way to big views of Grand Wash and the surrounding areas, while the summit proper is sure to leave a smile on all but the most jaded. It offers the biggest views of Capitol Reef I have found, and is stunning. Be sure to peruse the register than has been in place an astounding 35+ years!

Ferns Nipple

Ferns Nipple

View from the top of Nighthawk Canyon

View from the top of Nighthawk Canyon

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