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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.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,118 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No dogs
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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.

The summit of both Northgate Peaks is a Backcountry Route extension off a maintained trail! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility. In my pack: 75' 7mm static pull rope 10' webbing, locking carabiner GPS, Camera, Cell phone, TOPO map, compass, gloves, extra batteries, first aid kit, headlamp, knife, sunscreen, bug spray, matches, light sticks, emergency Bivouac kit. Energy snacks Water: 3 liters Good shoes for scrambling. Permit: NOT required

Directions from Virgin: Drive northward on Kolob Terrace Road, toward Kolob Reservoir, approximately 16 miles. Look for a trailhead on the left side of the road immediately west of Pocket Mesa.

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Liam Caulfield
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Looking for two shuttle tickets 9/19 for anytime. Would be greatly appreciated! 6512954495

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Lewis Thompson
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Nice adventure. Route suggests ropes etc. but these are definitely not necessary.

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Yan M
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Trail to Lava Point is easy and flat but with little shade so it can get hot. It gets a lot harder to navigate and scramble up the two peaks and I’d make sure you have sturdy shoes and have some experience scrambling. Coming down can be trickier than going up so I didn’t go right to the top. I wouldn’t say it’s bushwhacking to get there but the trail isn’t clear and my bare legs got a little bit scratched. Had to take a different route to what’s on the map to get to the West peak. Worth doing!

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Sam Anderson
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The end requires some serious bushwacking and you should be in shape.

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Jimmy Dusek
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Navjot Chaggar
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Raul Arranaga
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Easy hike. Great views.

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Tyson Grover
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Don't do loop at the end. There is no trail so you have to bushwack it.

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Ashley Alardi
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Nice trail. Summited the east Northgate. A bit confusing to see the trail as you go down through the saddle, but just follow the map. Nice views!

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Daniel Solomon
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Fun trail. Majority of the trail was very flat. Once you get to the first main lookout there is a second Lookout point on the mountain on the left. Worth the extra 45min to a hour to see that peak. A lot more vertical

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Ellie Penfield-Cyr
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The trail is flat and easy to hike for the first 2 miles. Then it gets confusing and the trails on AllTrails are basically bushwhacking. I’m guessing the trails were destroyed in a forest fire. Since a nice little hike!

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Mike Newnum
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The first 2.2 miles is a lovely walk through trees, flowers and at times open area. Pretty flat, nothing too crazy. The trail is maintained very wells Once you go beyond the Lava rock area it’s a completely different story. It’s steep, at times you need to grab a rock or tree to keep you le balance. I only did one of the peaks but it was a great view.

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Vienna Thomas
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Hiked 2 miles out and 2 miles back, very chill. Mostly sand and a little rocky right at the end. The second mile culminates in a wonderful viewpoint. Not too many people but not deserted either. Lovely wildflowers, and once into the trees it’s relatively cool.

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John Stimpson
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Short hike to a stunning viewpoint.

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Fred Wang
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Trail is in good shape, some sandy spots but not bad and quite flat. We did the climb onto East peak - beautiful views!! A bit of scrambling but manageable if you’re in decent shape and not too scared of heights.

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S Ross
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Nice, flat, well-maintained hike with patches of sand. Is probably shadier earlier in the morning. We went at 11 AM. Warm but not scalding. Do NOT turn off the trail at the FIRST sign. That is only where Hop Valley trail merges. Actual turn off is another .1 mile out. Tried to scramble to the top of the East Peak but have a recovering post-surgery knee so only made it about half way up. Next time!

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Justin Luthey
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Flat walk. Good views at the end. Sand wasn’t so bad as other reviews said.

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lori jagger
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6/20/20. Nice hike. Nice day 82 degrees at noon. There is a lot of sandy trail which makes it a little harder to hike and less enjoyable but there is nothing that can be done about that.

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lori jagger
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Trail was ok. We indented to hike the trail Northgate peaks but turned off Wildcat Trail too soon.

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Heather Dyer
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Beautiful hike. Highly recommend climbing to the top of Northgate Peaks East. No gear needed, just good hiking boots! Gorgeous view from the top.

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Maggie Smith
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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!

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Lisa Gum
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Terry Cochran
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Great for short day hike.

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Andy Fitton
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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.

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