Wilhite Trail

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Wilhite Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canyonlands, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

11.2 miles
2,011 feet
Out & Back




trail running


wild flowers


no shade

A picturesque easy walk across the mesa top leads to a spectacular drop off down a very steep canyon wall. It’s an amazing spot to contemplate the forces of nature. Continue down this difficult trail that requires some use of hands. Turn around at the bottom of this challenging descent or continue walking out the flat mesa as far as you wish. From this point onward, there are expansive vistas of the White Rim with its buttes and canyons. This is a difficult descent from the Island in the Sky. Though the steep part is only 0.68 miles, numerous landslides of giant boulders in the path contribute to the difficulty. It is as slow going down as back up. The first 1.28 miles from the parking area however are a delightful hike through varied terrain across the mesa and would make a wonderful easy hike by itself. The flowers are in full bloom by mid-May. You could go as far as the steep descent and marvel where the trail continues. If you do continue, once at the bottom of the steep descent, the trail flows out onto a mesa, which is an ideal spot for lunch with a view. The trail stays along the mesa edge for about a half mile more before making another short but steep drop through a landslide area to the wash. Once in the wash, there are fewer vistas as the walls of the wash get higher on the descent. You don’t want to make a mistake on the return trip and walk up the wrong one! There are good cairn markers along most of the trail.