Whale Rock

Moab, Utah

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Whale Rock is a huge rounded dome of smooth, white Navajo Sandstone that lies half-buried in the sand about 600 yards west of Upheaval Crater. The rock is well named. Seeing it from the road it is easy to visualize Moby Dick breaking the surface of a calm sea, and it begs to be climbed by almost anyone who drives past. The hike to the top is a fun and easy way to spend an hour. Morning is the best time because then the eastern sun makes for a great view across the top of Upheaval Crater. Trail: Easy trail.
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)

Whale Rock is a huge rounded dome of smooth, white Navajo Sandstone that lies half-buried in the sand about 600 yards west of Upheaval Crater.

The rock is well named. Seeing it from the road it is easy to visualize Moby Dick breaking the surface of a calm sea, and it begs to be climbed by almost anyone who drives past. The hike to the top is a fun and easy way to spend an hour. Morning is the best time because then the eastern sun makes for a great view across the top of Upheaval Crater. Trail: Easy trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: .5 hour
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,690 feet
Top Elevation: 5,960 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Whale Rock

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