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blue Chesler Park Trail


2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 689' 210 m
Descent: -269' -82 m
High: 5,854' 1,784 m
Low: 5,215' 1,590 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)


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A trail that highlights the spectacular splendor of the Needles District on its way to meadows surrounded by rock spires

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Camping requires a permit.


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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Jul 7, 2019
Yannick Truyen
May 24, 2019
Mike Amolsch
9.5 miles total for day- 5 mile hike! Little more strenuous- best weather day we had on our trip! Beautiful scenery 9.5mi
May 15, 2019
Abby Andersen
Sep 23, 2018
Colleen Gebauer
Sep 23, 2018
Brooke Walczak
Approximately 6 miles round trip from Elephant Hill to Chelser Park Viewpoint, which has views of The Needles.
Jul 26, 2018
dee angel
Apr 5, 2018
Jonathan Kruft
Incredible varied landscape from the canyon ascent to the Chesler Park meadow to the slot Joint Trail. 11 mile lollipop 11mi
Feb 20, 2018
Jordan White

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