Funnel Arch also known as Cable Arch is a large arch in Moab, Ut just off of Kane Creek Dr in the Behind the Rocks area. The arch is accessed via a short hike and scramble. The round trip time needed to complete Funnel Arch hike is 20 to 40 minutes.
I am often asked when is the best time of year to visit Moab Utah? The answer I give often shocks people... Winter! The following is a description of a short hike we took in January while staying at moabadventurecondo.com to a lesser known arch named Funnel Arch just a few miles away from downtown Moab.
To reach the arch you must first scramble through this narrow gap to reach the sandstone fins of the The Behind The Rocks Wilderness area. Remember, climbs never look as steep in photos as they do in real life. Getting up and over this is about the max exposure I can handle. Remember, going up is always easier than getting back down.
Though the hike to the arch is short, it would be a shame not to explore the area while up top and in the Behind the Rocks area. From the crack, I recommend going to the left and circling around to the arch even though the arch is to the right. The area the arch is in is not really that large so all you need to know is wander around a little and you will eventually find the arch.
Funnel Arch is not the largest arch in the Moab area, but the thrill of the scramble to get to the arch and the view from the area around the arch should satisfy any adventure seeker. Especially those who don't have all day to invest in a hike in Arches National Park. I really this trail as a Moab winter hike, the low angle of the winter sun makes for great photos. I'm not sure why this arch is sometime referred to as Cable Arch.
This is our best "Blue Steel" impression for all you Ben Stiller fans. The views from the edge of the cliffs are some of the best around the Moab area. Looking east over the Behind the Rocks towards the Mt Peale in the La Sal Mountains. I really love the way photos turn out when doing winter hikes in Moab, there is something about the red rocks and white snow.
More scrambling is required as you start down from the Arch. Unlike hikes in Canyonlands National Park, this trail is not marked and has no maintenance so you will be on your own when it comes to route finding. Be sure to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. If you got hurt up here it is unlikely anyone would find you.
Another scramble typical of hikes in the Moab's Behind the Rocks area. I would rate this hike as difficult. Just look how steep this descent is. Be careful and go with a friend.
If you are considering a Moab adventure we would recommend checking out the town homes at Moab Adventure Condo. We stayed with them and it was so nice to have room to relax and not be stuck in a cramped hotel room. Since the cost of the rental was split between two families it actually ended up being cheaper than a hotel room and much nicer. Not to mention the pool and hot tub were just sets from our condo.