A rougher path (the Syncline Loop
) circles around the crater. In a clockwise direction, this descends gently at first, following just below the south rim, then drops more steeply into the upper end of Upheaval Canyon, a dry, 3 mile long drainage that joins the Green River. A separate trail runs beside the streambed of this canyon and meets the White Rim access road at a flat area next to the river (Upheaval Bottom
), site of the primitive Labyrinth Campsite. The combined route is the quickest way to hike to one of the rivers from the Island region, although it is rather strenuous at some points. The Syncline Loop continues around the north side of Upheaval Dome via Syncline Valley, and is again steep at first but more level for the 1.5 miles back to the carpark. Upheaval Canyon can also be reached by climbing down the cliffs at the end of the Crater view trail.
Upheaval Dome itself is one of the most memorable features in Canyonlands National Park, partly because it is so unexpected, and so different from the surrounding terrain.