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Joint Trail Chesler Park Loop, UT
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Joint Trail Chesler Park Loop, UT 
Joint Trail Chesler Park Loop, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2018
chumley
Hiking5.97 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.65 mph
750 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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After setting up camp in Chesler Park, we decided to do an afternoon hike on the Joint Trail, and then loop around back to camp.

This is an A++, 100 kokopelli rated hike!

The trail takes you through an incredibly narrow "joint" in the surrounding rock, and there are "intersections" along the way, where you can head off trail into other cracks that lead elsewhere. These slots are over 100 feet deep and as narrow as a foot wide. Sections required turning sideways and removing our daypacks to squeeze through. South Mountain's "Fat Man's Pass" is a 4-lane highway compared to this area! And these cracks are so much deeper, and go on for hundreds of yards at a time. It's just one of the most fun areas I've ever hiked!

The Joint trail ends at a rarely used dirt road that we hiked along for a short stretch before connecting to another trail that took us back to Chesler Park. This second half of the loop was more traditional Needles geology, but despite being totally different from the Joint, no less amazing. Between the Joint and Chesler Park, this loop hits the crown jewels of the Needles district.

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