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Fun, fiery hike

Whale Rock is a lot of fun to hike, mainly because part of the hike is climbing the humpbacked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Zach S
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Columbia, Missouri
Panoramic views at the top

Whale Rock Trail is 1 mi/1.6 km roundtrip with an elevation change of 100 ft/30 m. The trail is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
pingaroo
,
Chicago, Illinois
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Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whale Rock is a lot of fun to hike, mainly because part of the hike is climbing the humpbacked Whale Rock to get some higher views of the desert around you.

Thank Zach S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whale Rock Trail is 1 mi/1.6 km roundtrip with an elevation change of 100 ft/30 m. The trail is rated moderate and should take about 1 hour. The terrain is sand/gravel until you reach Whale Rock, a large rock fin, which you can climb for...More

1  Thank pingaroo
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

WR, is a large sandstone formation accessible via a 1 mile (round trip) walk over an easily negotiated trail. A parking area at the head of track allows a convenient staging area. Follow the cairns. This route will take you to the tail of the...More

Thank Stlsojourner
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

The main advantage of this attraction is that it is very smooth in different from other NP rocks and easy reachable. It is not problem climb on this rock massive, without any special equipment, only with appropriate footwear. Could be attraction for all family. The...More

Thank Pudik
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Whale Rock is a large sandstone dome in the Island in the Sky District near the end of the road to Upheaval Dome that looks a bit like the profile of a whale from the road. On the north side of the road there is...More

1  Thank Steve1362
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

This place isn't far from Upheval Dome and its a nice short hike that rewards you with some great views from the top. When you take a moment to look at the rock you really can see why they call it Whale Rock. Taking the...More

Thank EpicGuy12
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Whale Rock is a large dome formation on the road to Upheaval Dome. It is a 1 mile return walk up the slick rock backbone of the dome. The total elevation change is about 100 feet, so it is not a particularly difficult hike, but...More

1  Thank OziDiver
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

The views are ok, but of all the trails and scenic overlooks you should skip this one. The end of the hike is all up slick rock and the views from the top are all only so so compared to what the park has to...More

Thank DofDenver
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Big smooth hump of a rock along the drive out to the Upheaval Dome. There was a couple standing on top, but we elected not to do any climbing up to the top.

Thank Tom H
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This hike is tons of fun. It is short and easy so you can do it even if you aren't really into hiking, but the rock scrambling you can do makes it fun for more serious outdoors types. Most of the hike is over large...More

Thank Yellow V
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