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This hike begins at the Upheaval Dome Trailhead (38.426318, -109.926128) in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. To reach the trailhead from Moab, UT:
There is a $25 per vehicle fee to enter Canyonlands National Park.
From the Upheaval Dome Parking Area, begin hiking on the marked trail for Upheaval Dome Overlooks. The path soon intersects with the Syncline Trail, a long, strenuous route that circles the outer edge of Upheaval Dome itself. Keep hiking past this junction and toward the Upheaval Dome Overlook. Soon after this intersection the trail begins to climb the slope ahead.
After gaining 0.3 miles and approximately 100 feet of elevation gain, a junction leading to the first overlook appears on the right. An interpretative sign at the overlook explains the scientific theories of the dome. There are plenty of places to sit and take in the view.
To continue to the second overlook, go back to the main trail and keep hiking west along the rim. At times the trail is only marked by rock cairns as it descends to a low saddle offering more fantastic views of the floor of Upheaval Dome below.
Continue hiking as the trail climbs steeply to a small pass before descending an interesting narrow ledge that is chipped into the side of a cliff. After 0.8 miles from the trailhead, the route ends at the second overlook. A fenced area offers another outstanding view of Upheaval Dome, although it isn’t much different than the views from along the trail. The adventurous route to the second overlook is well worth the extra distance, however.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.