Northgate Peaks via Kolob Terrace

MODERATE 86 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 rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail 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

trail running

bird watching

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.

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
7 days 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.

hiking
off trail
7 days ago

We spend quite some time figuring out the location of the trail. It was not very clear

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked up the west peak today with my husband and two grown boys. The trail all the way out to the peaks is a nice easy trail through the pines. Saw a lot of birds, lizards and even a small toad. Of course climbing the peak was strenuous, but worth the effort. We took the suggested route on this map and although very steep, was achievable. The views are incredible up there.

1 month ago

The ride to the trailhead was beautiful. The hike to Lava Point was nice, easy. The hike up the East peak had my nerves on edge, but the view from the top was spectacular. We ran into very few other hikers. this is my favorite Zion hike so far!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Nice easy trail, away from the crowd. Most of the trail is through the Alpine, very serene. The end result is a beautiful view. As you can see by the trail map the trail ends but there are several other way points. As mentioned in previous reviews, there are 2 very challenging peaks at the end of the alltrails hike. If you decide to do them, they would be very challenging not for the faint of heart. I rated this 4 stars, because I drove thru Zion canyon late in the day, minimal crowds. Now those were spectacular views

hiking
1 month ago

Seems most people skip climbing the peaks shown in the trail map and base their "easy" rating on that. I climbed both peaks as suggested today and have to say,this is way harder. While the elevation gain is moderate, both peaks are very steep. The one in the east has a trail marked with cairns though not well maintained and straight up the mountain. The other, higher peak is essentially just roughing it up the rock. No marked trail. You would be well advised to follow the track as shown as it leads you up a more gentle slope. Anything else is not for the faint harted. Great views from the tops.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

This is a hike with some beautiful scenery that can be as easy or difficult as you want. The first 2.5ish miles is very easy, generally shaded walking with little elevation gain. The scenery is nice, and at the end you'll come to a lava rock lookout that gives you a gorgeous view of both of the Peaks and surrounding area. by itself this is a pretty worthwhile hike that anyone could do. If you're more adventurous, both peaks are available to you for scrambling up. I went up the East peak (on the left as you look at them) and while there was a bit of scrambling and pathfinding for the most part it was pretty safe and easy. You'll work up a sweat (much more exposed than the preceding trail) but nothing too strenuous. Reach the top and you're rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the park; rims, slot canyons, distant mountains, it's simply stunning and completely worth the extra work. I did not go up the western peak, as it honestly looked a little too intimidating and we were tired enough. I can't imagine the view gets too much better than what we had, but it certainly is taller and more of an accomplishment. Just know your abilities and limits, it was certainly a long way down even where we were. Bugs were not too bad with a breeze, starting early will let you avoid the heat of midday, and parking was not full but seemed like it could fill up later. But the trail was not terribly crowded, way less tourists up here than in the main park canyon. It should also be said that the drive up the Kolob Terrace road was almost as spectacular as the hike, and definitely makes the entire trip even more worthwhile. Overall a great way to start our Zion vacation.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail away from the crowds. We were on edge as well bc we thought we saw mountain lion tracks and then came across a deer carcass towards the end.... prior to the vista. Wild Cat Canyon lived up to its name.

hiking
1 month ago

A great easy hike in lovely meadows and forest.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to moderate trail with something for everyone. Great trail conditions for mid May and the scenery was phenomenal. Nice view of the Northgate Peaks at the end as well as the surrounding canyon. Just an all out nice hike. Great for families. Lots of little lizards and birds.

hiking
2 months ago

Really pretty Trail that was off the beaten path and far away from the crowds which was nice after hiking Angel’s Landing. Only ran into 8 people total on the trail. Flat and easy trail to follow, very relaxing but my wife was on edge the entire hike because the area seemed like a place where mountain lions would roam. We brought a knife and pepper spray as backup but never saw any cougars. We did see a recently deceased elk on the trail which was intimidating. The end is a beautiful overview but nothing overly exciting. I tried climbing one of the two peaks but the rocks got a little sketchy and my wife wouldn’t let me go much farther for safety. Overall, would do it again but nothing too amazing.

8 months ago

Great (not jaw dropping) views at the end, with opportunities for rock scrambling. The trail to the view at the end was peaceful and low key, but not very interesting. It was impressive how few people were around. The drive up to the trailhead is very scenic.

hiking
10 months ago

Was recommended this hike by a Zion outfitter in town. Told me it was a nice hike to get away from the crowds and some 360 degree views. Easy hike out to Lava Point. Only 2 other people when we did it this past Saturday. Decided to hike up the East Peak. Little rock scrambling and we were able to find the small trail to the top. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top! We also enjoyed how this hike goes through the forest as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Great mostly flat 5 mile round trip, with a nice viewpoint at the end, and opportunity for those who want to do some rock scrambling to get on top of one of the two big peaks. The best part was only encountering about a dozen people at most in this more remote section of the park -on a holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.

hiking
Monday, May 07, 2018

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.

Friday, March 30, 2018

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Great hike to escape the crowds at zion

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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.

hiking
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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

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