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Chesler Park Trail

 6 votes

2.1 Miles 3.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

689' 210 m

Ascent

-269' -82 m

Descent

5,854' 1,784 m

High

5,215' 1,590 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

65%

Max Grade (33°)

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A trail that highlights the spectacular splendor of the Needle District on its way to a meadow surrounded by rock spires

Karl W

Overview

Camping requires a permit.
Features: Views — Commonly Backpacked
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Chesler Park Trail begins about two miles out from the Elephant Hill parking area or about three miles from the Squaw Flat parking area at Elephant Canyon. EC1 Campground is to the north of this intersection, while the Chesler Park Trail heads south into Elephant Canyon.

Elephant Canyon is one of the most defined ancient canyons in this district, with red and white rocks towering above you. Continue south along the canyon bottom for about 4/5 of a mile until you come to another intersection with the Big Spring Canyon Trail. Continue south. In about a third of a mile, you'll come to an intersection with Druid Arch Trail. Make a right to head west.

This next part of the trail involves climbing up and out of Elephant Canyon. Some scrambling is required, but it is more fun than difficult! Once you finish climbing out of the canyon, you'll be rewarded with views of Chesler Park - a flat area filled with desert grasses and walled in with towering red and white rock spires. Multiple campsites are also available to permit holders wishing to spend the night.

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Nov 3, 2016
Brad Strathman
Chesler Park in the Needles district of Canyonlands should be on every hiker's bucket list. This hike is a hidden gem and requires lots of water. 10.5mi
Apr 24, 2016
Meghan Buchanan
We hiked out and back. A great, well marked trail through two short slot canyons and over slick rock. 6mi — 3h 30m

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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All Clear 5 days ago
Road to Elephant Hill Trailhead was dry and open on Jan. 12, 2018.
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