Northgate Peaks via Kolob Terrace

EASY 38 reviews
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Northgate Peaks via Kolob Terrace is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

3 months ago

Easy hike to the official trail viewpoint. If you add on East peak (unofficial trail) it is a bit harder. No one on the trail after that. The views were expansive and 360 deg from the East peak. That wilderness feeling. On the way back follow your topo map. Saw a rattlesnake and deer tick.

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3 months ago

Easy and beautiful less common hike. The view at the end isn't as remarkable as some, but it's still cool. From Wildcat (where this app tells you the trailhead is) the hike is actually only 4.2 miles round-trip, so it was only a two hour hike. Very easy and practically no elevation changes.

4 months ago

Super easy hike. Not much in the way of views until the end. Not much elevation. Great for families.

4 months ago

Great hike to escape the crowds at zion

5 months ago

Easy hike to the viewpoint. From there I scrambled up the East and West peaks, but reached the top of neither due to snow and ice. Fun nevertheless.

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8 months ago

My husband and I checked out this hike on Sunday 11/26 on the recommendation of a park ranger. It feels very different from the main canyon at Zion. We really enjoyed it. There is a parking lot right at the trailhead. Follow the Wildcat Canyon Trail for 0.9 miles, then take the split to the right for Northgate Peaks. The trail sort of ends at a rock outcrop with gorgeous views of both Northgate Peaks, with North Guardian Angel in the middle. The directions for climbing both peaks provided in the description and map here are very helpful.

East Northgate Peak:
The peak to the east (which isn't technically a peak) is the easier ascent. There is a fairly easy to follow social trail around to the south side of it. It's a moderate class 2 ascent--a walk-up most of the way with a few places where hands are needed. The views from the top of it are spectacular.

West Northgate Peak:
After coming down from the eastern peak, we headed over to the west peak. I decided it was a bit beyond my comfort level, but my husband completed it. The trail to the west one is much less established. It took him about 40 minutes to go up and come back down from the base on the south side. He described it as a solid class 3. The slick rock makes it challenging. I would recommend it only if you are experienced with this level of climbing.

We encountered only one other hiker the entire time. However, we saw what we think was a mountain lion on the way back from the western peak. While it did not bother us, it was an unsettling feeling in this rather remote area of the park. Still highly recommended if you are an experienced hiker and want to get away from the crowds, but just be aware of the surroundings. I would rate this hike as moderate if you add the eastern peak and difficult if you do both.

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8 months ago

The canyon was very crowded, many had to turn around for part of the day. Kolob terrace was so quiet, it saved the day. We enjoyed the variety between the meadows, lava rocks, the view and climbing the first peak. We saw grouses, songbirds, butterflies, tracks in the sand, and very few people.

8 months ago

This is a 3 for the regular trail to the look out Point and 4.5/5 for the trail past the look out. The initial trail is average compared to all the great places you can go to in Zion. However, if you follow the trail over the backside of the look out and go up the white mountain rock in front of you it becomes a great hike. Follow the stacked rocks to the top and enjoy the reward at the top. You will love it!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

We really enjoyed this hike. There were quite a few flies. But the meadows that lead up to the viewpoints were almost as good as the views themselves! Very tranquil.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another amazing hike with an awesome view! The ground is flat most of the way. We only saw a few other hikers on the trail.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful walk in the woods with a beautiful view at the end. It was very quiet, though I did pass a number of families. This is a very easy walk. Lots of flies!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Easy hike and great views. The road to the trailhead is pretty scenic.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great quick hike. Not a very stressed trip. Great views!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Good easy hike with wonderful views

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This is a very nice and easy hike if you don't do the loop at the end that has you summit two rather steep rock points. The main trail is easy and goes through pine and sage fields. The loop at the end is strenuous but worth the views on each summit. We only saw 3 other people on our hike, so their is plenty of solitude if that's your thing. One of my favorites for Zion!!!!

walking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Very chill and relaxed trail. I wouldn't even consider this a "hike", it was more of a walk. A very peaceful, quiet walk, away from the madness of the main part of Zion. If you're looking to get away from the crowds, and still want beautiful views without a strenuous climb, then this trail is one to certainly check out. I only made it to the end of the marked trail peak and back, but I did see many other trails that were clearly labeled for where each lead to. Even for a holiday weekend, it was very isolated. Only ran into a few people here and there. And the pines were so amazing to listen to as the breeze blew through them. It was wonderful!! And the 70 degree temps made it perfect enough to give this trail a 10 in my book.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Friends in from out of town, family looking for a fun, cooler (as in temperature) hike in the Zion area. Always one of my favorites. I don't think there is another peak in Zion, as easy to climb, that offers the same rewarding views as Northgate Peaks East summit.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park is a great place to go as temperatures climb in the main Zion canyon. Northgate Peaks Trail is a beautiful stroll along a high mountain plateau to a stunning rocky lookout point.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nice little high mesa trail through meadows to a viewpoint overlooking several area peaks. We hiked this late in the day as a sunset hike, and weren't disappointed.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Northgate Peaks trail is a beautiful alpine hike, through towering Ponderosa Pine trees along a maintained trail.

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