Destination Peak Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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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 best used from March until October.

5.2 miles
1935 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

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".

1 month ago

As of 4.18.2018, significant routefinding is required above the wash, as cairns are few and far between (and not always "correct"). Also, a couple locals recommended an ascent from the main wash that begins just past the fork noted in this AllTrails route - go a couple minutes beyond the tree-marked fork noted in this AllTrails route and you'll see a very sandy wash, maybe 3'-4' wide, on your right. This will lead you up to the bottom of the bowl, from whence you can link up with the AllTrails route. This ascent avoids the class 4 scramble and is generally much less sketchy than the route recommended by the AllTrails GPS. Be mindful of cryptobiotic soil.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike but be prepared for some steep, more technical climbs. The major downside here is that it is barely marked and the gps signal isn't great, so just be prepared. Ended up realizing that we likely needed rope or climbing skills. Resorted to crabwalking. Great for crabwalking.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I did the oberservation point trail but the destination peak trail seemed just as interesting.

Friday, June 17, 2011

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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

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.