Gooseberry Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,548 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsViewsRockyScrambleNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Canyonlands National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Island in the Sky Visitor Center: Drive 6.25 miles southward on the Main Island Road. At the junction of Upheaval Dome/Grand View Roads bear left toward Grand View Point. Continue traveling five miles, past the Buck Canyon Overlook, to the Grand View Point Picnic Area.

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Sarah Nelson
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Pretty views but the hike is very hard with a steep climb out

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Mary Virginia Portera
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Hard as shit

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Annabel LaBrecque
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Canyonlands is vastly underrated, and if you’re there for some legit hiking, it never fails to kick your butt. Very steep initial drop down toward white rim. We went past the slot canyon that the trail ends at, which put us at about 7 miles total (well worth it). Bring lots of water and maybe spikes; it started snowing while we were out on the rim. And try to build cairns if you can; we got lost in some of the washes that look like trails.

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Mark Lowrance
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Vincent Huynh
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Caleb Klaus
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Paige Sandhu
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Hell of a trail, whooped my butt for the incline but so worth it! For the climb, I brought clip ons for my boots for peace of mind.

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Daughter got bit by a faded midget rattlesnake ( summer 2018) and had to be air lifted to Grand Junction.

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Jack Butler
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Really lovely on this warm winter’s day. Well marked with Cairns, other than first few hundred feet. Just head directly straight from the sign and towards left hand edge of the rock. I used walking poles on descent, glad I had them.

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Garrett Fontaine
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Definitely worth a visit. The hike down isn't too bad and it leads to a wide canyon inside the main canyon. However going back up was definitely a workout

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Brian Hum
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Good trail although the severe steepness requires you to use a ton of energy and time for what you get out of the trail; there's probably other trails that you could see more for what you need to put into it. Probably more one of those trails that you do only once. Absolutely do not go on it if it's been raining, early/late season conditions with snow and such as it is a long, long way down.

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Kristin Thomas
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Very steep on the way down and up but worth it for the views!

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Kate Morozova
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Cool trail, not crowded. It is possible to do it backwards if you have 4wd and don't want to end on a steep climb.

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Zack Wofford
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Nuts

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Brad Dubis
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Levi Schroeder
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Sampath Duddu
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Also a bit tough to navigate, but once you get down, the cliff behind looks super cool. The canyon is also very nice, but hard to capture it with your phone.

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Rachel M
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Very steep but beautiful!

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Robert McCurdy
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Nitin Prasad
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The initial descent (which is also the final ascent) is the best and the hardest part of the trail. Take plenty of water and sunblock. Try to do it earlier in the day. The flat part is pretty mundane and you may get lost if you do not keep an eye out for the stacked rocks. You can extend the hike by exploring the white rim a little.

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Stephanie A
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Actually 5.4+ miles if you finish the trail to the White Rim Road and the edge of the canyon at the bottom. This hike is totally worth it but it is very steep and not for anyone afraid of heights. It’s quite the accomplishment with very rewarding views every step of the way (even on a day with poor visibility!)

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Joshua Miller
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Not really worth the effort, there are better hikes than this one for sure. Hike down about .5 miles to a little outstretch to take pictures, and turn back.

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Cason Lane
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This was a great hike. Took us a couple hours longer than planned because we lost the trail on the way back (but the app got us back on course) and had some fear-of-heights issues on the way down. The cairns throughout were invaluable. Thank you, rangers!

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Tori Evert
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Was a great hike to experience Canyonlands. It is 2.7 miles to the bottom, so 5.4 round trip. Hardest part is at the end coming back up so bring lots of water and save it. There are no trail markers so look for the Cairns!

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Tyler Grimm
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YOU GO DOWN FOR TWO STEEP MILES. Maybe this was obvious to others, but we didn’t realize it until we started that you go down and then come back up. Pretty brutal hike. Beautiful views but you don’t need to go all the way to the bottom, can just stop about a mile into the descent and that’s where you’ll find the best view of the white rim.

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