Wilhite Trail

Moab, Utah

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The Wilhite Trail was probably built by sheep ranchers sometime before World War II, but no one now seems to know much about its history or even who the trail was named after. There are only a few places where feasible routes exist, and the location of each trail is uniquely determined by the necessity of finding a way down the Wingate cliffs. The route used by the Wilhite Trail is particularly obvious, and I would be very surprised if the Indians who lived in Canyonlands a thousand years ago did not also have a well established trail at the same location. The Wingate Cliffs in this area are interrupted by a deep notch about 200 feet wide that has been filled in with rocks and debris from above. This natural chute is now a gift of nature to anyone who might be looking for a way down from the mesa to the plateau below. Trail: Generally well marked with cairns. There is no water on this trail, so be sure to carry plenty.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

The Wilhite Trail was probably built by sheep ranchers sometime before World War II, but no one now seems to know much about its history or even who the trail was named after.

There are only a few places where feasible routes exist, and the location of each trail is uniquely determined by the necessity of finding a way down the Wingate cliffs. The route used by the Wilhite Trail is particularly obvious, and I would be very surprised if the Indians who lived in Canyonlands a thousand years ago did not also have a well established trail at the same location. The Wingate Cliffs in this area are interrupted by a deep notch about 200 feet wide that has been filled in with rocks and debris from above. This natural chute is now a gift of nature to anyone who might be looking for a way down from the mesa to the plateau below. Trail: Generally well marked with cairns. There is no water on this trail, so be sure to carry plenty.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 11.4
Elevation Gain: 1,580 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,820 feet
Top Elevation: 5,820 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilhite Trail

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