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Panoramic views at the top

Whale Rock Trail is 1 mi/1.6 km roundtrip with an elevation change of 100 ft/30 m. The trail is... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2018
pingaroo
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Chicago, Illinois
Sandstone Dome with a 360 Degree View

Whale Rock is a large sandstone dome in the Island in the Sky District near the end of the road to... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2017
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio
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Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

This hike is tons of fun. It is short and easy so you can do it even if you aren't really into hiking, but the rock scrambling you can do makes it fun for more serious outdoors types.
Most of the hike is over large boulders and it gets you up for excellent views of the Canyonlands. You will need shoes with some grip to get there, and bring you camera to capture the 360 panoramas.

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Reviewed January 18, 2017

Whale Rock is a large rock formation in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. This district is located about 30 miles west of Moab, UT via US191 and UT313. Admission is $25/car (good 7 days) or NPS passes are accepted. The parking area for Whale Rock is located on Upheaval Dome Road 11.5 miles southwest of the park entrance (turn right off Grand View Point Road). The huge rock is visible from the parking area, but there is also a mile-long trail that leads up on top of the rock. The trail is fairly level at first as it crosses the desert, but then gradually begins climbing the rock before ending with a short, steep, slickrock scramble (100' elevation change, allow an hour). Climbers are rewarded with panoramic views of Upheaval Dome and the canyons surrounding Island in the Sky. The trail is not wheelchair-accessible. Note that leashed pets are allowed in the parking areas but not on the trail. No restroom; closest is at Upheaval Dome about 1 mile west. When visiting Canyonlands, be prepared for sun exposure (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) any time of year and bring water and snacks. There are no food or fuel services in the park.

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Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

This is a short hike up an unusually smooth huge rock shaped like a whale with a knobble on the top which you can scramble up for an excellent view. Not worth going past the highest point, just turn around and come back

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Reviewed October 29, 2016

Easily access from the road if you want to visit it but just as good to look at from the pull in. One more great rock formation in Utah's set.

Thank Trekbud
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

My wife and I hiked this trail on a Friday in early October 2016 on a swing through the big 5 Utah national parks. We had just finished a moderate hike and wanted something a bit easier to give us time to recover. This hike fit the bill perfectly. You climb up a bit of slickrock along the way, but the angle is not very steep and it is not very challenging. That said, it is fun to see the view from the top.

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