Gooseberry Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District, Utah

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Gooseberry Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 4,732 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,609 feet.
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Gooseberry Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 4,732 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,609 feet. This trail connects with the following: White Rim and White Rim Road.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 1,609 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,732 feet
Top Elevation: 6,258 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Gooseberry Trail
Parks: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Elevation Min/Max: 4732/6258 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4732/4732 ft
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The Gooseberry Trail is the shortest of six established trails in Canyonlands that descend from the Island in the Sky Mesa to the White Rim Road. It is also probably the newest of the six. It was built just before World War II by WPA workers to access a spring below the rim and also to give the local ranchers better access to the pastures on the White Rim Plateau.

It is doubtful in my mind, however, that the trail was ever used by livestock. It is extremely steep in places, and I can?t imagine driving sheep or cattle down the trail. Most old timers know this trail as the Government Trail; it was renamed Gooseberry Trail by the Park Service in the 1960s. Trail: Well marked and easy to follow, but very steep and rocky in one area. There is no water, so carry plenty.

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May 2018