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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 June 4, 2017

Whale Rock is a large sandstone dome in the Island in the Sky District near the end of the road to Upheaval Dome that looks a bit like the profile of a whale from the road. On the north side of the road there is a small parking lot for the trailhead of the approximately 1 mile (1.6k) roundtrip trail that climb 140 feet (42.7m) to the top of the rock where there are excellent 360 degree views of the Island of the Sky and beyond.

While the views are excellent nearly anytime of the day, as the trail is completely exposed, hiking it in the morning before the heat of the day builds is generally the best time. When one starts out on the trial, it appears at first as one will be faced with a steep climb to the top but the trail loops around to the backside and climbs rather gradually. Once at the top, one gets views of the Island Mesa and La Sal Mountains to the east, Trail Canyon to the North, Upheaval Dome and Canyon to the west with the Henry Mountains peaking above on clear days, and to the south, Candlestick Tower then Ekker and Elaterite buttes and finally the rock jumbles of the Maze District.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

This place isn't far from Upheval Dome and its a nice short hike that rewards you with some great views from the top. When you take a moment to look at the rock you really can see why they call it Whale Rock. Taking the hike up to the top gives you a nice view of the park and the vast amount of space that it consumes.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 7, 2017

Whale Rock is a large dome formation on the road to Upheaval Dome. It is a 1 mile return walk up the slick rock backbone of the dome. The total elevation change is about 100 feet, so it is not a particularly difficult hike, but is well worth the effort for the great views at the top over the Green River. There is a small parking lot at the base where the trailhead starts. When I was there a family was having a picnic at the top of the rock. Great place for it.
A nice little diversion

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

The views are ok, but of all the trails and scenic overlooks you should skip this one. The end of the hike is all up slick rock and the views from the top are all only so so compared to what the park has to offer

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank DofDenver
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Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

Big smooth hump of a rock along the drive out to the Upheaval Dome. There was a couple standing on top, but we elected not to do any climbing up to the top.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Redleg93
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