Getting ThereNote: Older sources talk about a dirt road to the east of the town of Rockville. This road has now been paved and is known as Anasazi Road. New homes have also been constructed around the road.
From the southern entrance of Zion National Park (In Springdale, UT), drive 3.5 miles west on Route 9 and turn north onto Anazazi Road (just to the east of the town of Rockville). Drive the steep road a very short distance and then turn right onto a dirt road where you will find a parking area and a sign for Chinle Trail. The Trailhead is located outside the park boundary.
Route DescriptionAll distances are per my GPS.
Trailhead Coordinates: 37 Deg 09.680 Min North
……………………………….......113 Deg 01.157 Min West
Round Trip Distance: 15.4 Miles
Please note that the trailhead is outside the boundaries of Zion National Park.
Find the trail on the north side of the parking area. As you hike up the side of the hill, you will have great views of the Virgin River Valley (where Route 9 runs) and the jagged Eagle Crags to the south/southeast.
The trail crosses Anasazi Road, goes around some of the local homes and then gets into a dry wash until it reaches Anasazi Road again and crosses to the north of it. You will then find yourself on a plain covered by desert shrubs.
You will have great views of the southeastern faces of The West Temple 7810 ft and Mt. Kinesava 7285 ft.
The trail heads northwest over the plateau and very slowly goes up in elevation. After 1.1 miles, you will reach the park boundary. Go through the gate and make sure you close the gate behind you.
The trail continues on the plain and skirts around the southern foot of Mt. Kinesava 7285 ft.
As you go higher in elevation, a forest of Juniper Trees appears over the plateau.
After 2.6 miles, the trail reaches the eastern edge of the canyon of Huber Wash. It follows the edge for a short time while going down in elevation and eventually crosses to the west side.
On the west side of Huber wash, you will find yourself on the Petrified Forest Plateau where you can see ancient petrified wood all around you.
As you continue northwest on the Petrified Forest Plateau, you will slowly go up in elevation and will soon start to see the southwestern faces of the West Temple 7810 ft, Mt. Kinesava 7285 ft and The Sundial 7590 ft. The very prominent Point 6310 ft also comes to view.
After 4.7 miles, you will see the sign for Camp 1 and reach the maximum elevation of 4420 ft. The trail starts to slowly go down in elevation into the canyon of Scoggins Wash.
You will soon cross the Scoggins Wash.
On the west side of the Canyon of Scoggins Wash, the trail heads southwest going up and down in elevation slightly. The signs for camp sites #2 and #3 will also become visible. As you hike, make sure to turn back and get fantastic views of the massive slick rock mountains that rise to the east and northeast.
After Camp 3, the trail heads west and then north. You will find yourself on a plain covered by burned trees. The walls of Cougar Mountain appear to the north.
The trail then reaches the edge of the canyon of Coalpits Wash and slowly descends into it to end at Camp 5 (4100 ft elevation).
Red TapeCheck out http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm for all fees and regulations.
Weather and When to climbSee the forecast for Springdale, UT
Due to very hot summers, October through May is the best hiking season.