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Coalpits Wash is a 14.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockville, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding and is best used from October until March.

Length 14.5 mi Elevation gain 866 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Hiking Bird watching River Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble No dogs
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A hike through a rocky wash

A small parking are just after the Coal Pits Wash bridge.

Zion National Park Springdale, Utah 84767 Park Headquarters: 435-7723256 Backcountry Information: 435-772-0170 Fax :435-7723426

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Tina Filippi
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

This trail looked like it hasn’t been used or maintained in a bit. Hiked only to the washes, about mile and half before getting so annoyed by the prickly bushes and heat that we turned around. we had already hiked in Zion and we were exhausted so gave up. Might attempt it again

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Jeffrey Richards
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HikingMuddy

Very peaceful trail. Hardly anyone on it. The first two miles are generally flat. Although there is a wash that is very muddy and steep within the first mile. Many bushes overhang trail. It’s okay for adult, but could be a challenge for younger kids. After mile 2, it follows the river through a boulder field and the trail is kind of hard to follow. All in all a nice alternative if you are in the area of Zions.

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Jason Taylor
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Rick Bertilson
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Hiking

Great, easy hike. Started at Coalpits, headed up Soggins wash and finished at the end where it connects to Chinle. Great weather and nobody else on the trail. Total of 5 hours and 8.7 miles out and back. Highly recommend this one.

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Mark Nekic
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

This is a fairly confusing "trail". What i read about this route previously was that you should follow the stream up the wash. I tried that for about 3/4 mile and decided to give it up, as there was water in the stream bed and what looked like a game trail next to the stream died out. But just before i got back to the parking lot, i found a well worn trail and decided to give it a try. (When i came back it turned out there was a trail head sign and everything, so apparently it is the "official" trail). The route i followed went up Scoggins Wash, then a short but steep uphill climb up the "Old Scoggins Stock Trail". I turned around at campsite 5 (which is confusingly further way then campsite 6) where there was a great view of Cougar Mountain. Heading back, just south of campsite 4, I found a chute leading down into Coalpits Wash. If you stay to the right of the chute it is a fairly easy descent. Then i followed a faint path combined with scrambling in the wash itself , for a mile or so until it reconnected with the main trail at campsite 6. All in all it was a fun & interesting hike. The lower desert portion was all in the sun, which was nice on the cool November day i was there; but not anywhere you'd want to be in the summer. (Also - wear gaiters if you have them! I didn't and was frequently plucking prickly things out of my ankles and feet) The upper section had great views east into Zion and of Cougar Mountain. I never saw another person the whole time.

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James Estrada
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOff trail

Stopped off to find a campsite a road trip about a year ago and I'm doing the review now. We DID NOT complete a hike. We backpacked in at 1am in this last winter and totally missed the actual trail. We ended up trudging through about 2 miles of mud with 2 headlamps for 3, a general direction of where to go and ONE bottle of wine for 3. We arrived at what seemed to be a site since we found one solo camper in the first open area we'd seen all night. It was challenge to navigate and I basically led us through constant brush stepping in and out of the muddy stream. Next day we found the actual trail and it was a breeze getting out with day light and genuine direction. The views were stunning for what we saw and the terrain out was really enjoyable. It was literally waking up from a 28° cold muddy nightmare to stroll through flowers. Now we know for future reference, bring 2 bottles of wine

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Allison Joel
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shadeOver grown

My group of 5 tried to hike to campsite 6 today for an overnight and it was impossible to get there. You're supposed to hike in the wash theoretically, but the stream was running so we couldn't easily hike there. The trails previous people describe as running along next to the wash were completely overgrown and were impossible to keep track of. No other footprints whatsoever for us to follow. There were red ants EVERYWHERE. About .7 miles in, we ran into an area of the wash with a large pool of standing water and steep banks on either side that were overgrown with tall brush. We turned around at that point instead of continuing to battle the constant brush. Such a disappointment.

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Carl Wiers
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Hiking

Lots of biting flies and no shade- not a hike for mid July

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Lindsey Lewis
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Backpacking

Coalpits Wash from the trailhead to campsite 6 was about two miles and a perfect first backpacking trip for our family of four including two girls ages three and five. The trail was dry with lots of fire ants along the way. Only the very beginning was shaded. The trail was fairly easy to follow and we were able to get through some steep dried wash crossings just fine in trail runners with trekking poles and the few times we had to cross the stream, we easily made it stepping on rocks, steadied with a trekking pole, sometimes even while carrying the three year old. Campsite 6 was gorgeous and had a couple of perfect tent spots. A third tent spot had a new fire ant hill right in the middle of it, so we were glad we didn't need it. The creek is close and the sounds of water and frogs are the perfect white noises to fall asleep to. There was frost on our packs and tents in the morning, but as soon as the sun moved into the canyon, things warmed right up. Will definitely plan on visiting again!

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Austin Lyon
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Backpacking

Was muddy and had lots of water when we went but the views were great as was the hike. Super flat and easy. Four stars as it's not the best hike in the area but all others had too much snow so we went here.

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Amanda Miller
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BackpackingMuddySnow

We backpacked to campsite 6 from the trailhead of Coalpits Wash. Campsite 6 is supposedly 1.7 miles from the trailhead but it felt further. At this time of the year, the trail was very muddy but you can still hike it, as long as the mud doesn't bother you. We had a bit of difficulty finding campsite 6 because on the map, campsite 6 is to the east of the wash while in reality it is on the west side of the wash. We had to cross the wash three times. It's not very deep and there are some points where you can step on multiple rocks so you don't get wet. The Park Ranger told us only one other person was backpacking in the Southwest Desert the same day. We did not see a single soul. The scenery was incredible. If the mud, cold temperature, and crossing a small river doesn't bother you, I 100% recommend this hike.

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Mike Melanson
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no dogs. it's park land. the sign clearly says no dogs.

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Joe Jagodzinski
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Backpacking

Backpacked out to campsite 6...1.7 miles with just about 0 elevation change. Once you get there, the trail follows the riverbed from what I could gather. I went another 1.5 miles down just to check it out. You'll encounter some decent obstacles along the way after campsite 6...lots of big rocks the size of your mothers minivan. TBH, I only ended up down this trail because I wanted to backpack in Zion and every other backcountry site was taken when I got there. Zion is a tourist trap x9000, so know what you're in for before you arrive.

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B H
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Camping

In early March wife and I hiked to campsite #6 and stayed the night. Nighttime temps were in the mid 20's, but our trip landed on the coldest night of the week. The section of the trail between the road and campsite 6 is very easy, with only 3-4 sections of steep downhill/uphill. Other than that it's flat and makes for a quick hike. We saw a few other groups during our stay, but it was not crowded. The trail runs alongside the wash/creek, sometimes butting right up against it, and at other times the trail veers 50 yards or so away from the creek. I'm sure some people hike the creek itself, but this would require significantly more effort - the trail is well defined. We thought the views were fantastic, but certainly not the best in Zion. This is a great winter hike.

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Luree Nikias
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amazing landscape. well marked trails.

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Anthony Daileda
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Hiking

Desert section until campground 2, then rock scrabbling for about a mile and the last couple miles is full of nice views. Stayed the night at campground 5, did not see any other people in the area, seemed like we were farther than 4.25 miles from our car. I would not hike in summer as it seemed there would be many places to encounter a rattlesnake. The banks of the stream had many animal tracks, including what we believe to have been a mountain lion. Check the mud along the banks before stepping some parts are quicksand like and go very deep. Over all a nice hike that we will do again during the cooler months, especially end of winter with the spring is running.

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Meggie Woodfield
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Horseback riding

Nice trail along a river, which is great for horses. Pretty flat but with some steep washes so not a beginner trail.

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Sue Reynolds
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Hiking
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A rock scrambling hike up a small creek with little water flow at times. But when it rains this ting creek can rage into a roaring river. As you boulder jump back and forth heading up Coal pits the small little canyon gets a little greener and some hanging gardens start to pop out under the shelves of the banks, A small little slick rock water fall is a great place to camp and enjoy the sounds of the creek. A lot of the junipers were burned during a wildfire years ago. The trail from here has two options. Continue up stream to the oil well or go left on the Chinile trail and continue over to the Petrified forest. From there you can either back track or go down Scoggins wash or Huber. You can continue down the Chinle and end up on Anasazi Plateau near Rockville, Bring plenty of water in the summer. It can get rather muddy in the winter and during the monsoons.

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Dooders Anderson
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Roland Millman
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Paul Janczuk
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