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Chesler Park Trail

 4.8 (12)

Length


2.1 Miles 3.4 Kilometers


689' 210 m

Ascent

-269' -82 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

65%

Max Grade (33°)

5,854' 1,784 m

High

5,215' 1,590 m

Low

Shared By Karl W

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

Karl W

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Commonly Backpacked

Camping requires a permit.

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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Oct 15, 2018
Dp Mn
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
Jul 1, 2017
big shrimp
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
Aug 13, 2016
Luke B

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  4.8 from 12 votes

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in The Needles

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  4.8 from 12 votes
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in The Needles

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in Utah

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