Syncline Loop Trail

Moab, Utah

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This interesting trail traces out a loop around Upheaval Crater, an ancient crater on the edge of the Island in the Sky Mesa. The crater lies at the top of what appears to be a huge salt dome, and for many years geologists thought the depression was the result of a collapse in the center of the dome. The structure was called Upheaval Dome. New geologic evidence, however, has almost completely ruled out this theory, and now most scientists believe the pit to be an impact crater. There is usually water in the bottom of the valley, and the Park Service has also established a primitive campsite nearby for overnight hikers with backcountry permits. Trail: The trail is steep and rocky in one or two places, but well marked and easy to follow. There is usually water in Syncline Valley, 3.4 miles from the trailhead, but it must be purified before drinking.
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)

This interesting trail traces out a loop around Upheaval Crater, an ancient crater on the edge of the Island in the Sky Mesa. The crater lies at the top of what appears to be a huge salt dome, and for many years geologists thought the depression was the result of a collapse in the center of the dome. The structure was called Upheaval Dome. New geologic evidence, however, has almost completely ruled out this theory, and now most scientists believe the pit to be an impact crater.

There is usually water in the bottom of the valley, and the Park Service has also established a primitive campsite nearby for overnight hikers with backcountry permits. Trail: The trail is steep and rocky in one or two places, but well marked and easy to follow. There is usually water in Syncline Valley, 3.4 miles from the trailhead, but it must be purified before drinking.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,460 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,680 feet
Top Elevation: 5,680 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Syncline Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/2/2014
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Very demanding terrain but the views are fantastic. Actual length of this hike is slightly over 9 miles.



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Apr 2018