Whale Rock Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 131 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

views

rocky

scramble

closed

no shade

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Easy to follow with the cairns, great views at the end.

recorded Whale Rock

hiking
7 months ago

Short and easy with great views.

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

Great for older kids as there is a decent incline, but a nice short adventure toward the north end of Island in the Sky.

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

Fun little hike up a small bluff. Worth doing if you're driving by.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

Nice, easy little trail. Might be nice for kids or others looking for something easy. The views are good for the amount of effort.

Sun Feb 10 2019

Easy decent views. Nothing overly exciting or unique.

hiking
Thu Jan 17 2019

Not great in winter - snow and ice makes it hard (and dangerous) to climb up and down the rock. Otherwise, amazing views! Short scramble up.

hiking
Tue Jan 08 2019

This was a fun hike, and perfect place to stop and lunch. Had a lot of fun hopping from rock to rock, until we landed on the "whale" . You can get a decent view of Upheaval Dome.

hiking
Tue Nov 27 2018

unique hike up the giant rock. nice views. fun short scramble at the top. for more details and pics, visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/11/20/best-hikes-canyonlands/

hiking
Tue Oct 09 2018

Nice and short for a great view.

hiking
Tue Sep 11 2018

I just didn’t see the appeal for the views offered. It was mediocre at best.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Moderately easy (some moderately steep slick rock inclines) - but doable for family and kids. Pretty and fun little spot. Great views from top of the whale.

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

A short fun trail up a slick rock hill that affords great views. All should do.

hiking
Wed Mar 28 2018

Views are spectacular

hiking
Wed Mar 28 2018

My husband and I loved this trail! It’s a great workout and the view at the top is stunning

hiking
Wed Nov 29 2017

Great for the kids. Nice views. My 8 year old loved it.

hiking
Tue Nov 28 2017

Totally fun for the kids. Great first starter for scrambling for kids or adults. I enjoyed the view, but there were so many kids on this particular trail (whale rock seemed to get the families here), that it was not quiet and peaceful. I saw many families with their Junior Ranger packets, so perhaps this is on the tour book for them.

Thu Nov 23 2017

Very fun for kids to scramble up.

hiking
Mon Nov 13 2017

Nice short easy hike to the top of slickrock ridge that feels like you are walking on the back of a large whale. Nice views from the top

hiking
Wed Jun 14 2017

Great trail for kids and adults alike. There are several spots where you have to lean forward going up on the slick rock etc., but otherwise it's a great view at the top. I wouldn't rate it exactly easy. Some people will have trouble going up and down the inclined sections. Others, it's just a walk in the park.

hiking
Tue Feb 21 2017

Quick and easy

hiking
Wed Jun 29 2016

I would rate this easy unless it was raining. Short hike that my young kids loved. It really feels like your climbing on the back of a rock whale and there's a decent view around at the top.

hiking
Sun Feb 28 2016

short hike with a nice view from the top. there are better views to be had for sure but if you in a time crunch this is a great one

Mon Jun 15 2015

Beautiful view, short hike.

hiking
Tue May 05 2015

Fun, short trail that offers 360 degree views of Canyonlands.

hiking
Thu May 29 2014

It's a fun short hike with a few bouldering opportunities. Some neat views of Canyonlands from the top of the "whale."

hiking
Tue May 27 2014

Short fun hike. This trail gets almost no traffic, which is weird to me. Its a fun quick trail. You get to climb up onto whale rock and you can see amazing 360 degree panoramas of the entire canyonlands. It's quite amazing and yet very few people take this trail. It is an easy trail and less than a mile, so it goes fast. We climbed to the top, enjoyed the gorgeous views and meditated. It was amazing. Didn't see a single soul. Then we went to delicate arch which is had THOUSANDS of people (memorial day weekend), yet this trail had NOBODY! So thats awesome! This is a great, easy little treasure.

hiking
Thu Feb 02 2012

A fun little hike. Great views of Canyonlands (Island in the Sky)

hiking
1 day ago

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