Alcove Spring / Syncline Loop
Alcove Spring / Syncline Loop Directions
Taylor Canyon Road begins when you intersect with an outhouse. (Note, no water). Follow the dirt road, left, for about 5 miles. The next outhouse you get to will be at the White Rim Road’s Labyrinth Campground. Follow the White Rim Road left, keeping the river over your right shoulder. Again, there is no river access. You are on a 20-30 ft cliff above it. The White Rim Road is flat and runnable, and quickly enters the Upheaval Bottom section, which is characterized by sandy trenches. Within the Upheaval Bottom, look for a sign for Syncline Loop/Upheaval Dome. Follow that sign, leaving the White Rim Road after only about a mile.
This section is interpretive and generally follows a wash, with no trail. Traffic is very light. Shade is very limited. Approximately 4 miles in (this could be longer, depending on how you wind through the washes) you will reach the Syncline Loop. You’ll be at the halfway point of this loop, so could take either direction. We think the views are better if you split right/counterclockwise, and, there is a very slight chance of finding water in this direction in the washes. Follow the Syncline trail, which is primitive, up and out of the canyon and back to the trailhead.
Note: GPX file for this route is a general direction, and often is not on a proper trail. Be prepared to use your backcountry navigation skills. There is zero water on this route.
Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.