Destination Peak Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Rewarding summit hike into seldom explored and rarely seen parts of East Zion. Driving East on Highway 9 toward Mt. Carmel Junction is a tremendously rewarding experience. Twists and turns lead to elevation gains, which in turn lead to increasingly amazing views. Arches, slot canyons, hikers, and climbers all seem to converge at every turn where adventure awaits for everyone. Just before you enter the long 1.1 mile Zion Tunnel on the right hand side of the road is a series of cliffs popular to climbers. Cars line the wide switchback turns during Spring as these graceful athletes make their ascent on beautiful cliffs. At the top of such a climb is a part of Zion few people ever have the opportunity to see, it is called Hepworth Canyon. Existing behind Bridge Mountain and behind the sandstone ridges along Gifford Canyon; Hepworth Canyon is a no man's land which remains largely hidden. As your car passes into the first turn of the tunnel you are actually directly beneath a large valley and spillway which empties the drainage from Hepworth Canyon into Pine Creek. Destination Peak is a rewarding 2000 foot summit ascent which allows you to witness the splendor of this section of Zion National Park. Special thanks to Bo Beck and Tanya Milligan for their Zion Park Hiking Guide. Their link can be found under "Other Resources". To download GPS track only go to "Trip Report" under "Other Resources".
Steve - great reports on the technical summits around Zion. I will be heading out from California this weekend and exploring 7 of your trips. Really looking forward to them. My only question....where or how do I find the gps coordinates for the routes? On some trip reports, you say go to "Other Resources". I don't find that on EveryTrail. Can you help a fellow scrambler out? Thank you.
I did the oberservation point trail but the destination peak trail seemed just as interesting.
Destination Peak quickly turned into one of my favorite summit hikes, I'm not sure if it is because so few have been on top of this rock or if it is because there are areas all around it screaming to be explored!
PS. I'm not sure why Everytrail is now having us rate and review our own guides. It seems a little self serving to me. My apologies.
EnFuego, It's going to be great in Zion this weekend! This is a common question that comes up often. Guides do not allow downloading of the GPS coordinates. However, my trip report link (which allows downloading)can be found on the right hand side of the guide just below the weather report. On the trip report page (also on the right hand side) scroll down to "Export This Trip" You can download GPX format and upload to any GPS device.