Northgate Peaks via Kolob Terrace

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Zion National Park

Northgate Peaks via Kolob Terrace is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,118 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

An alpine hike to a viewpoint between Peaks. A difficult route extension to the summit of both peaks is provided. As temperatures rise to triple digits in the main canyon of Zion National Park, a hiker is left with few choices: 1) Continue to ride the sweltering shuttle service 2) Swim in the Virgin river (always a good choice during summer) 3) Change from hiking to canyoneering (many canyons require wetsuits even in the heat of summer) or 4) Move to higher elevation. Northgate Peaks trail is a beautiful alpine hike, through towering Ponderosa Pine trees along a maintained trail. A lava point overlook allows the viewing of Northgate Peaks East, West and The North Guardian Angel. A backcountry route extension description is provided to summit both Northgate Peaks if desired.

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

Lots of snow still on the ground with the entire trail being very muddy and wet. Wear proper shoes and it’ll be well worth the hike!

hiking
flooded
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Great for short day hike.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

good hike, 0-3 feet of snow on ground, some mud. forgot our winter boots but still made it with little inconvience other than wet socks. snow on the north faces on both peaks which would make an ascent difficult in winter. we turned around at the view of both peaks.

muddy
6 months ago

11/23. Great trail. Very little elevation if you aren't climbing the domes. Saw 15 deer and a bunch of turkey vultures. Was a little soft and muddy first quarter mile going out. On way back significantly dryer from sun. Should be great by tomorrow.

Great trail. Good shade! Worth going out on the peaks. Not too scary.

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

Great open, relatively flat trail. I would recommend hiking up some of the peaks at the end of the trail. We took the trail off to the left and up the first peak on the left. Great views looking down towards the “The Subway” and the main park area.

hiking
7 months ago

Mellow trail with great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy walk through meadows & Ponderosa pines to a beautiful lookout. We saw maybe 5 other groups during our hike. The scenery on the drive up to the trailhead alone is worth it! A different side of Zion.

East peak was epic! Nice scramble to the top - if we had more time we would have done the west peak too.

Some shade in patches of forest but most of trail in sun. Mostly flat. Nice view at end.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a really nice trail hiking through an ever-green forest until you get to the view at the end. It is not as crowded as many of the other hikes with very nice views. I would recommend this one.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

This was a great hike, we only added the east peak, which was fun and quite doable. I am not a big fan of heights but the drop offs were shallow enough that it wasn't scary at all. The branch to the worn trail to the east peak is much closer to the end of Lava point than shown on the AllTrails map.

Fun little easy trail with great views

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Great views! Especially the 3ft rattlesnake.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

I went on this trail with my two senior parents! It was pretty flat and very hot but everyone was satisfied with this beautiful nature walk. Lots of bugs, flowers, lizards, and not a lot of people. There was some mention of a rattlesnake on the trail but we didn’t see it. Started out recording a little late but we hiked out to lava point and skipped out on hiking up the peaks.

hiking
10 months ago

4 star if only going to Lava Point, 5 star if you make it up one of the peaks! Really easy hike to Lava Point with good views. Now if you want a challenge go up one of the peaks, we went up the East (left) Peak, there is no real trail up it and you have some scrambling up rocks, sand and slick rock but if you go up it is AMAZING 360deg view!! We did it without any ropes and our 3 year old (with help and crying made it all the way up top) he did not climb down due to the steepness but it is doable.

Amazing experience! We started relatively early to escape the heat of the day. As noted in other reviews and recordings, the first (and last) two miles is easy and is mostly through stands of Lodgepole Pines. There are good views even during the easy parts, so enjoy! Once we got to the lava overlook we decided to attempt the West Northgate Peak. Lost a member of the group temporarily who thought he saw a better way up it. We got about halfway up before one of us demurred and believing that discretion is the better part of valor, decided that we had challenge enough on the sliprock. Looking back, we were at the crux, and probably could have made it all the way to the top despite our own inexperience with climbing. Upon coming down, we went around the face of the overlook and headed up the creek. We climbed the wrong knoll, was happy because it had a great view, and then climbed the east Northgate peak. Although others seemed to indicate anyone’s Nana could stroll up this one, it was steeper than the first peak (but not sliprock). When we got to the top we each gave a gasp of astonishment at the grand vista that opened to us from the peak. I suspect the pictures won’t do the view justice, but extremely awesome comes to mind! Great hike! Loved the hike. Loved the companionship! Loved the day, even though it took two hours longer than we expected.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, Amazing views. Nice trail first 2 miles to the end of the plateau where you can see the two Northgate Peaks. Between them you see North & South Guardian Angel Peaks. The East Northgate Peak has a well worn path to the top. The West Northgate Peak is all slick rock. between there are some small paths but mostly Bush whacking.

hiking
bugs
off trail
10 months ago

Amazing views from the tops of each of the peaks. Only three stars because the map provided goes off trail through bushes and foxtails for a significant portion of the hike to the taller peak. The ascent to the taller peak gets kind of sketchy. Shoes with very good traction are a must. At some points, slipping could mean rolling or sliding down a long, steep sandstone incline.

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