Golden Wall / Castle Bridge Loop

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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3.7 km
Elevation
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137 m
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Overall Rating
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9.5
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Golden Wall hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

This stunning hike in the "Little Bryce Canyon", also known as Red Canyon, leads up a gully to a spectacular exposed ridge. Here you will get fantastic views of red rock formations and hoodoos.

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Route Description for Golden Wall / Castle Bridge Loop

There is not a super well-defined trailhead for this hike! You will only see a large metal sign with arrows pointing towards the Castle Bridge Trail and the Golden Wall Trail. Just past these signs you will cross a wash — a dried up creek bed that flows during flash floods — and then begin on the well-defined trail.

This path winds through sparse ponderosa pines as it slowly ascends the canyon. Soon you will reach a well signed junction, turn left here towards the Castle Bridge Trail. This path switchbacks up then starts to veer right. Soon you will be above almost all the trees and have fantastic views of the canyon. Red cliffs and beautiful hoodoos permeate your entire view!

Unlike many rock formations you will see in the Grand Canyon or Zion Canyon, hoodoos were not totally carved by erosion. They were, in fact, principally caused by the freezing and thawing of snow and ice every winter! The expansion of the ice has carved them out, creating the completely vertical spires that precariously perch themselves on the rock.

After climbing and descending the ridge you will come to another intersection. Turn right here to go along the Golden Wall Trail back to the parking lot. This path once again meanders through absolutely stunning pine trees. Soon you will find yourself back at the wash and your parked car.

Insider Hints for Golden Wall / Castle Bridge Loop

  • You can also continue going along the Golden Wall Trail (turning left at the final intersection), then link up with the Buckhorn Trail to form a loop. To return to your car after descending the Buckhorn, turn left and follow the paved bike path to the pullout you parked in.

Getting to the Golden Wall / Castle Bridge Loop Trailhead

From the town of Bryce, head north towards the junction with Highway 12. Turn left and hop onto Highway 12, soon entering the Dixie National Forest. After passing under the two scenic red arches you will see signs for the Red Canyon Visitors Centre. Just past the visitors centre there are pullouts on both the left and the right side. Try to park in the left pullout, however if necessary park on the right pullout. The trail is located just across the paved bike path from the left pullout.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Spring, early summer and fall, avoid summer heat and winter snow

  • Backcountry Campsites

    None

  • Toilets

    At Visitors Centre near trailhead

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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