Over the Edge: Island in the Sky


Jan 17, 2012
In November I decided that it was time to finally finish hiking all of the 'official trails' in the Island in the Sky like I had done with The Needles last year. While I had hiked almost all of the trails on top of the mesa, I had not hiked any that went from the top down to the White Rim. It was a lot of fun hiking the remaining trails these last few weeks. Here are a couple photos from each visit with links to the full trip reports.

Over the Edge: Island in the Sky
On this first trip I concentrated on the trails that started from Grand View Point including the Murphy Trail Loop, Murphy Point and Gooseberry Trail.

Murphy Trail Bridge
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Junction Butte
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

White Rim Morning
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Hazy Morning View
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Island in the Sky: From West to East
On my second trip I hiked the Wilhite Trail and Lathrop Trail.

Green River Overlook
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Lathrop Point Sunrise
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Edge of the World
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Morning Cliffs
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Island in the Sky: Syncline Loop Trail
My third trip was just a day-hike of the Syncline Loop Trail.

Upheaval Dome Crater
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Labyrinth Canyon View
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Upheaval Dome Spur Trail Sign
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Syncline Valley
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Island in the Sky: Taylor Canyon & Upheaval Canyon
My fourth and final trip this past weekend included the Moses and Zeus Trail, Upheaval Canyon Trail and Alcove Spring Trail. Also, after driving the spur road up Taylor Canyon I have now driven every open road in all of Canyonlands National Park, too!

Labyrinth Canyon Dawn
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Zeus and Moses
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Taylor Canyon Wash
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Upheaval Canyon Narrows
by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr
Outstanding photos. Reminds me of my first trek to the Island in 1976. Thank you for sharing.
I love these "hiking all the trail" projects. I have a "Gotta catch them all" (Pokemon) mentality. I have a Caltopo map of Glacier NP trails that I haven't hiked.....but I could.....so I should, hike. I should crash on @Scott Chandler's couch for a month and tackle these Island in the Sky trails!!
I used to hike Murphy's Loop every january. Great walk.
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