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.
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

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.