Murphy Hogback in Utah is infinite Earth

Murphy Hogback in Utah is infinite Earth

Murphy Hogback a perfect winter getaway
Grand View Point and Junction Butte are just a wedge out of the great circle of the horizon seen from the western end of Murphy Hogback.
From Murphy Hogback, Candlestick Tower is off in the north. A Navajo Sandstone dome rises high on the right. Green River, a glistening, sliding plane of water is in the trench.
The trail comes down the wall in the center of this image. Desert varnish on the Wingate Sandstone gives it a black luster.
Walk to the rim of Island In The Sky. Descend through an amphitheater to a natural platform. Hike the loop counterclockwise with an off-trail option to visit the west end of Murphy Hogback.

Murphy Hogback in Utah is infinite Earth

Grand View Point and Junction Butte are just a wedge out of the great circle of the horizon seen from the western end of Murphy Hogback.
From Murphy Hogback, Candlestick Tower is off in the north. A Navajo Sandstone dome rises high on the right. Green River, a glistening, sliding plane of water is in the trench.
The trail comes down the wall in the center of this image. Desert varnish on the Wingate Sandstone gives it a black luster.
Walk to the rim of Island In The Sky. Descend through an amphitheater to a natural platform. Hike the loop counterclockwise with an off-trail option to visit the west end of Murphy Hogback.
Trail basics

Travel: At Center Street and Main Street in Moab, zero-out your trip meter. Drive north on U.S. Route 191 for 10.8 miles. Turn left/west on Utah State Route 313 South. Stop in at the Visitor Center, 31.9 miles. Continue south on Grand View Point Road. The road promptly crosses a thin neck onto the Island In The Sky plateau. Stay straight at 38.0 miles. Turn right/west into the dirt Murphy Hogback Trailhead parking lot at 40½ miles. No water, no facilities.
Distance and Elevation Gain: 12.2 miles, 1,670 feet of climbing
Time: 5-7 hours
Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; very mild exposure; water is available outside the Visitor Center spring through fall only, carry what you will need; the Park Service rates this hike as strenuous; avoid when covered in snow or ice – call ahead
Entrance Fee: In 2015 park fees went up substantially. Show your National Parks Pass ($80) or pay $25 per vehicle at the Visitor Center
Island In The Sky Visitor Center: Hours vary seasonally, closed January and February 435-259-4712. For a snow report when the Visitor Center is closed, call Park Headquarters 435-719-2313.
Maps: Monument Basin; Turks Head, UT 7.5 Quads, Trails Illustrated No. 310, Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

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