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Whale Rock Trail

 7 votes

0.5 Miles 0.9 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

78' 24 m

Ascent

-77' -24 m

Descent

5,793' 1,766 m

High

5,715' 1,742 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Unknown

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This short, easy trail surmounts the "whale" rock formation for a great view of Upheaval Dome below

Megan W

Overview

This family friendly trail is a mellow introduction to desert travel. Kids will like the idea of crawling around on a giant whale and may even enjoy making up stories about cetacean life.
Features: Views
Family Friendly: A short jaunt with awesome stone features and beautiful views.
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

From the northwest corner of the small parking lot, hike over flat sandy ground. There is no shade on the gravel trail, so be prepared for desert travel. Stay on the path between shrubs taking care not to step on the fragile cryptobiotic crust.

In the distance you'll see a large rock formation stretched out lengthwise, like a beached whale (head to the left, tail to the right). Because the sides of the whale are too steep to climb, the trail goes up the tail, along the whale's back and ends at the head. Follow the cemented rock pile cairns and handrails to find the best path. From your perch atop the whale, enjoy views west towards the Upheaval Dome and views south into gaping canyons. Retrace your steps back to the parking area.

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Nov 19, 2017
Omar Albayati
Oct 16, 2017
Salvatore Dagate
Sep 26, 2017
Emily Xiao
0.5mi — 0h 10m
Sep 2, 2017
Evelyn Johnson
Jul 24, 2017
Richard Vogel
Great hike and views
Jun 27, 2017
Shaun Reno
May 5, 2017
Mitch Malone
Apr 29, 2017
Mai Tran

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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