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Mesa Arch Trail - 7 members in 12 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 13 2018
arizona_water
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 Guides 9
 Routes 118
 Photos 1,079
 Triplogs 118

30 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
arizona_water
Hiking0.72 Miles 94 AEG
Hiking0.72 Miles      23 Mns   2.16 mph
94 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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The most famous trail in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands.

Great views, and relatively few people in January! There was decent snow on the ground at the higher elevations, but none along the rim.

The La Sal mountains were freshly frosted with snow, making an epic background.
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Mar 04 2017
John9L
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 Guides 6
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Canyonlands - Island in the Sky District, UT 
Canyonlands - Island in the Sky District, UT
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
John9L
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
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Claire and I had half a day to do some exploring in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands. We made the drive in from Moab on a cloudy day and stopped at the visitor center. From there we headed over to Upheaval Dome and headed out to the two lookouts. It is a very cool geological feature. After that we stopped at some viewpoints as we worked our way south heading for Grandview Point. We made the easy one mile hike to the point and were in awe of Canyonlands. There is so much to explore in The Maze & Needles Districts. I wanted to see more! We returned to the jeep and had some lunch at the Buck Canyon overlook and then stopped by the iconic Mesa Arch. It was really cool seeing in person. Several people were around but it wasn't crowded. We got our pics and then headed back to Moab. We're planning on camping in Gooseneck State Park to break up the drive back to Phoenix. This was a nice day in Canyonlands but left me wanting more. A trip to Needles District is on the radar for later this year.
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Nov 09 2016
afrankie
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 Routes 40
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32 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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afrankie
Hiking0.75 Miles 123 AEG
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Island in the Sky District offers some breathtaking views, and if this trailhead is your first stop once entering the park you won't know where you're at until you're there:) This is a mild loop hike culminating with epic views at the arch. Standing at the arch it takes a moment to digest the scale that extends out beyond the cliffs - stay for a minute. Just make sure this isn't your only stop at Island in the Sky.
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Jun 22 2016
cw50must
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43 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2016
cw50must
Hiking1.60 Miles 123 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
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This is part of our Mighty Five Trip. We did 5 parks in 5 days in Utah.

Day 4: Canyonlands National Park. day 4 we left Capitol Reef and made our way to Canyonlands. We had the next few days booked in Moab so our Canyonlands visit was in the Island in the Sky District. Our first stop was the visitors center where we again made some sandwiches in the truck and had lunch. This is when we realized it was 104* and that this was our hottest spot yet on the trip. We headed out to Mesa Arch because well, I think that is the one thing you are supposed to do here, a can't miss. It was good. The views that you can frame with the arch are awesome. It takes a while to get a view without people in the way but it does clear up for a few minutes here and there. This short hike can be done as a loop which gives you a change of scenery on the way back.

Video: https://youtube.com ... 1wK0
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May 18 2016
DallinW
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28 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Canyonlands National Park, UT 
Canyonlands National Park, UT
 
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DallinW
Hiking2.73 Miles 430 AEG
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After Arches, I had some time to kill so I made a quick visit to the "Island in the Sky" district of Canyonlands before continuing up north.

Mesa Arch was very cool. Through the arch you can get some sweet views of the canyons and La Sals (which where unfortunately in the clouds most of the day). A short, crowded hike, but it's worth it!

Grandview Trail is a fun rim walk with great views of the canyons which stretch for miles. It's probably the closest thing I've seen to standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon with out actually visiting the Grand Canyon.

I hope to come back soon to give Canyonlands a proper visit by backpacking in the Needles or Maze districts.
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Apr 30 2016
Mike_Fels
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 Routes 17
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72 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
April 30th hikes, UT 
April 30th hikes, UT
 
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Mike_Fels
Hiking6.41 Miles 1,055 AEG
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The Delicate Arch viewpoints were closed. Interesting hike up and over a huge hill of slick rock, around a small ledge trail. But it is sure worth it. Beautiful views all around for the entire trip and the destination.

Mesa Arch is short but nice.

Grandview Trail has great views it's full length of 1 mile on the edge of the rim.
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Apr 21 2016
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 7
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62 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Island in the Sky Canyonlands, UT 
Island in the Sky Canyonlands, UT
 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,011 AEG
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spent thursday at island in the sky district
planned for an easier day doing the shorter hikes and overlook trails
mesa arch:
short loop to a classic arch
great views east through the arch
whale rock:
short ascent to a high hump that looks kinda like a whale
good views of interesting terrain
upheaval dome overlook:
a decent hike with some ups and downs on a fun trail
went to the second overlook that had good views into the crater
hit the first overlook on the way back, but the second one was better and made for a more interesting hike
had lunch at green river overlook
grandview trail:
followed a long neck of land between two drop-offs to the east and west
best views of the day on both sides with some rocks to climb up on at the end
could have added a couple more little things, but with a big hike friday, we just hit a few more overlooks and headed back to moab
got a cuppa coffee for the drive to monticello
spent thursday and friday nights at the monticello inn
monticello = twilight zone
had dinner at the peace tree juice café
limited menu but pretty good food
a fun, relaxing day with a decent overview of island in the sky
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May 23 2015
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Booneman
Hiking0.75 Miles 123 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles      25 Mns   1.80 mph
123 ft AEG
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A nice break from sitting in the car for so long, Mesa Arch will certainly give you some interesting photo options.
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Sep 27 2014
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
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64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking0.87 Miles 123 AEG
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Quick hike from the trailhead parking area to the rim of the park. Fairly level and well marked trail. Amazing views down through this arch to the canyon floor below. Geologically one of the more interesting arches we've seen yet.
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Jul 27 2014
leonesiegel
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62 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2014
leonesiegel
Hiking0.75 Miles 123 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles      25 Mns   3.00 mph
123 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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As easy as it gets and a good thing with high temps. Like to be here early morning some time.
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May 27 2014
trailzrus
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 Routes 69
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67 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 27 2014
trailzrus
Hiking0.75 Miles
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Oct 20 2012
fairweather8588
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32 male
 Joined Jul 22 2003
 Scottsdale
Mesa Arch TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
fairweather8588
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