South Ariel Peak Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT 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.
Short summit ascent up a massive slickrock slab. Requires 4th class scramble and steep rock skills. Slickrock slab hiking is what sets East Zion apart from the maintained trails in the main canyon. There is something spectacular about hiking up 700 - 900 feet of pure rock that those who only drive through this section of the park will never appreciate. South Ariel Peak is one such slab. Don't let the appearance fool you into thinking this is an afternoon stroll, maintaining balance while walking along a ridge line often inches wide is no easy task. But with a good eye (and the right equipment)it is possible to "see" the line of least resistance and maneuver around on these steep slopes with practice. Zion rewards the patient and careful hiker with views people from the road will never witness, always use caution and good judgment to safely explore and return!
Beautiful views into Keyhole canyon, Separation canyon and the Root Canals make this climb worth the effort, but the graffiti and road noise make this a less than ideal Zion backcountry adventure.