Chesler Park Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District, Utah

Elevation Gain450ft
Trailhead Elevation5,117ft
Elevation Min/Max5117/5360ft
Elevation Start/End5117/5117ft

Chesler Park Trail

Chesler Park Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 5,117 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 450 feet. The Soda Spring and the Elephant Hill Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Druid Arch Trail.

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Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A long day hike or backpacking trip with lots of options for camping and side trips. This route is a good example of how you can craft a great loop hike out of the Needles Trails complex. The trip can vary in number of nights out, can be taken clockwise or counterclockwise, and can start and finish at any of three different trailheads: Elephant Hill, Chesler Park, or Devils Kitchen. This description takes the clockwise route from the Elephant Hill Trailhead, mainly because you can reach this trailhead with any vehicle. You definitely need a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle and be experienced driving it on rough roads to access Chesler Park and Devils Kitchen Trailheads."

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Enjoy this challenging trail in early spring to avoid the summer heat. Otherwise seek shade between 12 and 3 or your body will no longer like you. :) Once, you get to Chesler Park, head to the Joint--a nice place to cool off since it feels like a refrigerator. Skip the viewpoint on the way to the joint.

My friend and I started at Elephant Hill as well and then looped back around towards Druid Arch. I recommend this route because there is a lot of scrambling of rocks near Druid Arch which would have been more difficult with a heavier pack. Also, make sure you have plenty of water because there were zero streams when we went. It's recommended that you drink 4 liters per day or about a gallon. Gatorade is good, too.

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Trail Information

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Needles
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Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): The Loop and Druid Arch
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