White Crack Trail

Moab, Utah

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The White Crack Trail was named after a natural fissure in the White Rim Formation that was once used by cowboys and mining prospectors seeking access to the lower benches of Canyonlands. The first recorded use of the crack was by a group of cattle ranchers who developed it into a trail around 1918 so they could use the lower plateaus for grazing. The river is a 45 minute scramble from the mining camp down Stove Canyon, but then you have a 760-foot climb back to the camp-a lot of work for a drink of muddy water! The most interesting side trip from the mining camp is the cross-country hike to the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Few people make this relatively easy hike, and largely for that reason it is a memorable one. Aside from the stunning view above the rivers, the walk across the flat, open desert on the plateau above the rivers is an interesting experience. Your field of view is uninterrupted for miles in every direction, there is no trail of any kind to guide you, and the landscape is complete unmarred by any sign of humanity.
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 White Crack Trail was named after a natural fissure in the White Rim Formation that was once used by cowboys and mining prospectors seeking access to the lower benches of Canyonlands. The first recorded use of the crack was by a group of cattle ranchers who developed it into a trail around 1918 so they could use the lower plateaus for grazing. The river is a 45 minute scramble from the mining camp down Stove Canyon, but then you have a 760-foot climb back to the camp-a lot of work for a drink of muddy water!

The most interesting side trip from the mining camp is the cross-country hike to the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Few people make this relatively easy hike, and largely for that reason it is a memorable one. Aside from the stunning view above the rivers, the walk across the flat, open desert on the plateau above the rivers is an interesting experience. Your field of view is uninterrupted for miles in every direction, there is no trail of any kind to guide you, and the landscape is complete unmarred by any sign of humanity.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Monument Basin, The Loop, Spanish Bottom
Driving Directions: Directions to White Crack Trail

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