Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The Upheaval Dome (or) anticline is one of the many pleasures in Canyonlands National Park (fee area), near Moab, Utah. This gem is in the Island in the Sky district of the park. Surrounding the dome is a syncline, the opposite of a dome. One can just drive up to the viewpoint, ho hum. Or a better idea.....
The Syncline Loop Trail (8 mi.) begins near one of the paved access viewpoints. Clockwise is the preferred walking direction for the trail which features geologic cataclysmic beauty. There is an optional trail, 3 1/2 miles from the start of the loop, into the center of the crater (additional 1 1/2 mi. each way). It goes east just about where a trail west goes to the Green River, 3 miles away, and the famous White Rim Trail. Watch for the small, dull-colored indigenous rattlesnakes in the area. They pack a wallop. It's very warm here in the summer, therefor dangerous without proper preparation. The terrain is fairly demanding on this hike, but the trail is well marked. pages/Upheaval.html has good info.
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