Numerous canyons drain north into Clear Creek from a prominent ridge separating the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway from Parunuweap Canyon. As visitors rive the winding highway, passing some of the most stunning landscape in Zion, they often wonder what is on the other side of that ridge to the south? The easiest access to a saddle overlooking Parunuweap to the south is found in the charming stroll southward in the wide open wash known as Separation Canyon. The toughest section of this 2.5 mile round-trip hike, is leaving Clear Creek and scrambling to the top of a ridge and then back down into the wash below. Near the saddle separating the east canyon from Parunuweap is a rock outcropping known as Separation Peak that provides beautiful.
Photo Album: Separation Canyon Pictures
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before hiking this trail. Do not hike if it looks like rain.
Trailhead - From the parks east gate it is 1.4 miles to the pull-out you will want to park at. If you are coming from the south entrance of the park it is 2.5 miles from the east side of the small tunnel. From the parking area located the beaten path leading into the bottom of Clear Creek.
The Hike - Once at the bottom of the way head downstream for approximately 400 yards, looking for a beaten path that heads up through the trees. This "trail" will eventually top out on a small ridge to your left. Once atop the ridge, work down into the wash below. The wide open wash is Separation Canyon. Walk Down canyon a short distance to see the twisted falls as they enter Clear Creek below. Heading south and up-canyon there are some nice "desert tanks" initially, but then the wash opens for easy travel as it heads south and upward toward Separation Point. About .75 miles into the hike, the wash splits. By bearing left, the wash becomes a bit congested, yet remains easy travel. Soon a large bowl appears. Turn right up this bowl to gain a ridge on the right. Once on top of the ridge, travel southeast to gain the summit of a small "nipple" known as Separation Point. There are outstanding views to the south and north.
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Parking For Separation Canyon:
Scramble out of Clear Creek
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Suggested Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury.
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