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Whale Rock Trail

 4.3 (12)

Length


0.5 Miles 0.9 Kilometers


78' 24 m

Ascent

-77' -24 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

5,793' 1,766 m

High

5,715' 1,742 m

Low

Shared By Megan W

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

Megan W

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Family Friendly A short jaunt with awesome stone features and beautiful views.

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.

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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Sep 6, 2018
Elliot Gardner
1mi
Aug 17, 2018
Colin Sauter
1mi
Aug 15, 2018
Nick Jennings
Jul 24, 2018
Chris Barnes
Jul 14, 2018
Josh Hefti
1mi
Jul 9, 2018
Chris Gray
Good views, well worth the time.
Jul 3, 2018
Tracey Ziniel
Jun 17, 2018
Kari Slominski

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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  4.3 from 12 votes
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