Moab Day 2- Canyonlands National Park

Date of trip: 11/06/2016

Mileage: 3.7 Miles

Elevation Gain: 600 Feet

Time: 3 Hours

Class: 3

Partners: Ken, Jackie, Carrie

GPS Track: NA

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Whale Rock5820120CanyonlandsMoab, UtahNoNo38.4284, -109.9169
Aztec Butte6312252CanyonlandsMoab, UtahNoNo38.3975, -109.8749
The Knoll6316536CanyonlandsMoab, UtahNoNo38.5542, -109.7873

Trip Report

These hikes were part of a larger trip to Moab with my mother and father-in-law and wife. On Day 1, we visited Arches National Park. On Day 2, we headed to Canyonlands National Park, specifically the Island in the Sky area.

Our first stop in Canyonlands was to hike to the Upheaval Dome viewpoint. The was a short and quick trail that provided good views of Upheaval Dome, which is a large area where some rocks in the middle have been pushed up and those surrounding have been pushed down. There are 2 theories... the Salt Dome theory and the meteorite theory. Either way, it was neat to see.

After that hike, we followed the trail to the top of Whale Rock. This was a fun little trail to the top of a rock that, you guessed it, looks like a whale. The slick rock is safe and fun to walk on.

Next on the list was Aztec Butte. My mother-in-law is afraid of heights, so this one had me worried based on the description from our guidebook. Turns out it wasn't that bad and we really enjoyed the top! Make sure you follow the trail that loops around the rim of the butte. Then make sure you visit the Indian grainery found on the small butte just west of Aztec Butte.

When then hit Green River Overlook, Mesa Arch, and lastly Shafer Canyon overlook.

Great day in a very interesting area!


Getting There

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Hiking Directions

There is plenty of information on each hike mentioned. We used the book - Utah National Parks: Arches and Canyonlands Day Hikes by Anne Poe.


Photos

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Heading up the Upheaval Dome Trail
Heading up the Upheaval Dome Trail
Upheaval Dome
Upheaval Dome
Viewpoint of Upheaval Dome
Viewpoint of Upheaval Dome
Jackie and Carrie heading up Whale Rock
Jackie and Carrie heading up Whale Rock
Carrie, Ken and Jackie on Whale Rock
Carrie, Ken and Jackie on Whale Rock
Carrie and I on Whale Rock
Carrie and I on Whale Rock
Appropriately named Whale Rock
Appropriately named Whale Rock
Views from Whale Rock
Views from Whale Rock
Ken on one of the steeper sections on Aztec Butte
Ken on one of the steeper sections on Aztec Butte
The crux on Aztec Butte
The crux on Aztec Butte
Grainery near Aztec Butte
Grainery near Aztec Butte
Aztec Butte
Aztec Butte
Green River Canyon
Green River Canyon
Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch
Views of the Colorado River near Mesa Arch
Views of the Colorado River near Mesa Arch
Views toward the La Sal Mountains
Views toward the La Sal Mountains
Shafer Canyon
Shafer Canyon
Haystack Mountain as viewed from Island in the Sky (Canyonlands National Park)
Haystack Mountain as viewed from Island in the Sky (Canyonlands National Park)




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