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After the long Primitive Trail Hike the day before we decided to hike up to Delicate Arch in the morning. It was cooler and made even more so by a strong breeze. When we first drove into the parking lot I noticed someone carrying a wedding dress. The last time I was at Delicate Arch a wedding had taken place.

More photos from Arches National Park can be found on my website.

Our first stop was the Wolfe Ranch where we stopped for a few photos before heading on to Delicate Arch. I think the HGTV crowd would consider it a gut job although it probably would bring several hundred thousand in the California real estate market.

The first part of the trail was well marked and relatively flat.

Even early in the morning there were quite a few people making the hike and the parking lot was almost full when we arrived.

Lots of cairns marking the trail although since there was a sign at the spot they really weren’t needed.

The last part of the trail looked to me like a freeway but my wife was sticking close to the inside of the trail.

The morning is not the best time to photograph Delicate Arch but we were more interested in the hike than the photography. It is almost impossible to photograph the Arch without getting people in the photograph.

As we neared end of the hike I noticed the bride changing into her wedding dress. She not only carried the dress up but a changing tent. The wind was really blowing and my wife was concerned that the dress would act like a sail and she would blow off of the mountain. The bridegroom was no where to be found and I found that the bride was just up at the arch for pictures.

In the late afternoon there is a great view of Delicate Arch from this small arch along the trail. Notice my wife is still hugging the inside on the way down. I got the impression she doesn’t hike heights.

A little later in the morning and there was a steady stream of people going to and from the Arch. When we stopped to take the photo we ran into a hike we had met on the Primitive Trail the day before. He helped me down a steep stretch of trail. I carried my tripod with the camera mounted the entire hike and I needed both hands free to get down one section. His son had been sick and was still sick so he was hiking alone. We were encounter him one more time on our trip. We were driving over to Bryce National Park a couple of days later and had stopped at a pull off to take some photos. He happened to be at the same pull off.

 

We stopped along the trail to photograph some rock art.

Once we were back in the car we drove about another mile along the road and hiked up to a couple of viewpoints with some good morning views of the Arch with the sun in the background. On the last shot I use my pocket camera with it’s 720mm lens to get a closeup of the Arch. There were now a ton of people at the Arch.