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Peak Bagging - Bo BeckPeak Bagging - Few places on the planet offer the diversity that Zion National Park does.  Peak bagging, although not what the park is known for, is a great form of recreation and during your climb you are surrounded by some of the best scenery anywhere. Remember that sandstone can be very soft and weak in nature and even more so if it is wet. Peaks are often tantalizing but can be dangerous. Some peaks require steep, unprotected scrambling or even 5th class maneuvers on unsure footing. It is essential that proper training, and equipment are employed on some of the descriptions given. If you feel unsure about continuing, it is better to back off, and try again at another time. Remember your safety is always your responsibility. 

Zion Book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National ParkCP in the Backcountry - If you are into peak bagging you will enjoy these books and website about peak bagging in the Zion and Las Vegas area by Courtney Purcell.

Hiking - For those that want to keep their feet a little closer to the canyon floor, you can explore the diverse world of the park by hiking, backpacking, canyoneering or biking.  If you have already done all the trails in Zion Canyon, be sure to explore the trails and routes located on the east side of Zion.

Remember! YOUR safety is always YOUR responsibility!

Peak Bagging in Zion National Park

miles/km
roundtrip or rating
Ascent
ft/meters
Average Time
Area
Difficulty
Separation Canyon
2.5/4
400'/122m
2 hours
East
Moderate
Angels Landing
5/8.6
1488'/453m
5 hours
Canyon
Strenuous
Jug Handle Arch
2.4/3.86
650'/198m
4 hours
East
Strenuous
Checkerboard Ridge
(Not quite to the top)
2/3.22
600'/183m
4 hours
East
Strenuous
South Ariel Peak
1/1.6
700'/213m
2 hours
East
Scrambling
Progeny Peak
.8/1.3
1075' /328m
3 hours
East
Strenuous
Mountain of the Sun
7/11.3
1526'/465m
6 hours
East
Strenuous
Lady Mountain
1.3/2.09
2440'/744m
8 hours
Canyon
Technical
Destination Peak
3.5/5.63
2100'/640m
8 hours
East
Scrambling
North Guardian Angel
2.8/4.51
700'/215m
7 hours
Kolob
Technical

Aries Butte

5.7 Grade II
4-pitches
900'/275m
4 hours
East
Technical
Red Butte
3rd,4th,5th class
1000'/ 308m
6 hours
East
Technical
G2 Summit
2nd,3rd,4th class
6000'+ accumulated elevation diff.
8-12 hours
East
Scrambling, some technical.
South Guardian Angel
2nd,3rd,4th class
6000'+ accumulated elevation diff.
12 hours
Kolob
Scrambling
West Temple
5.6
Exposed 5th class
Asc. + 4000'
Dec. - 4000'
8-14 hours
South
Technical
All Zion Park Hiking or Zion Hiking Continued - Zion Canyoneering - Kolob Hiking - Great Zion Area

Key: [East/South of Canyon Junction off hwy 9]
[Cliff-side: Exposed scramble or narrow ledge]
  [Boulders: Climbing over boulders or up steep slabs]
[ Scrambling: Hiking/Climbing up or down steep slick rock]
   [Semi-Tech: Rope and climbing skills] [Technical: Advanced climbing]

 

 

Peak Bagging - Bo BeckHiking Equipment - The kind of gear you will need for your visit to Zion Peak Bagging - Bo BeckNational Park depends on which trails you plan to hike. Comfortable hiking shoes and quality socks are a must. Painful blisters and sore toes can ruin your plans. If hiking the Zion Narrows is on your vacation itinerary, you might want to invest in a good pair of aquatic shoes. A day pack and hydration system are also essential.

Average Temperatures, Precipitation, Elevation - The floor of Zion Canyon is only 4000', so temperatures can soar in the Canyon. Leaving Zion Canyon and traveling east through the main section of the park the elevation of the park rises. Mt. Carmel Junction, on the east side of Zion National Park, is a mile high and a cool alternative for lodging. Average summer temperatures in Zion National Park range from 93 degrees in June to 97 degrees in August, but temperatures can reach 110 in Zion Canyon and the campground area. The lowest section of the park is Coal Pits Wash at 3666' and the highest is 8726' at Horse Ranch Mountain. Plan for hiking in the heat by bringing lots of water, wearing a hat and using sun screen.

Photos - The bottom three photos on this page are of Bo Beck.

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