This hike was at the northern end of Capitol Reef National Park. We drove from Boulder Utah, to Torrey Utah, and the park was just to the east of there by a few miles. We stopped in at the Visitor Center and talked to one of the Park Rangers. She said Navajo Knobs was one of her favourites, but warned that there was a lot of elevation gain. Even though it was a warm day, we felt like getting a little exercise.
At the first junction, you get to choose to visit Hickman Bridge (natural bridge), which is a short walk, or go further, to the rim overlook and at the end, Navajo Knobs. We decided to take in Hickman Bridge on the way back if we felt up for it.
Not long into the hike we actually came upon an overlook that looked down on Hickman Bridge from above -- what seemed like a vastly superior viewpoint -- so we decided that we'd probably skip the hike to the base of the bridge later on.
About two miles into the trip we ran into a couple from Germany who spoke really good English and seemed interested in talking, so we got a good break. When it was time to go, they said they were going to turn around and go back, but we convinced them that they were really close to the Rim Overlook, which was supposed to be pretty fantastic. They went on ahead (they were pretty fast walkers), and only 500 feet or so up the trail they found the Overlook. It WAS fantastic!!
After getting some photos, we carried on along the trail, which was now much thinner than it was to begin with. Not many people make it further than the Rim Overlook. The trail soon disappeared completely, to be replaced with cairns set up on the slickrock to guide us. The route was pretty obvious, but the cairns keep most people from wandering around aimlessly, stepping on the lichen and cryptobiotic soils.
The "trail" followed spits of land the jutted out into the Waterpocket Fold (the northern part of it). Back and forth, up and down we went, eventually arriving at the Navajo Knobs, which were just some bumps on a ridge. A bit of a disappointment, but the rest of the hike was fantastic, and I guess they had to call the hike something...
We stopped for lunch at the top, and then headed down. By the time we got to the trail that would have taken us to Hickman Bridge, it was decided that we were too tired to bother seeing something like that, too up-close and personal to really appreciate it (or get decent photos), so we carried on down to the parking lot, and drove off.
On the way back to Boulder, we stopped at an overlook that basically looked back at what we had already climbed that day, but there was another sign saying "Goosenecks". Not knowing what those were, we decided to go have a look. In the parking lot we overheard someone telling someone else "you're a long way from home!" Not as far from home as we are, we sniggered to each other. That's when we saw that one guy had Alberta plates, and the other had Ontario plates. We asked the Albertan where he was from, and he said Lethbridge! I don't think we saw any other Alberta plates on the whole trip.