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La Verkin Creek Trail to Kolob Arch

 
La Verkin Creek Trail to Kolob Arch

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.45125°N / 113.19165°W

Object Title: La Verkin Creek Trail to Kolob Arch

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: May 11, 2011 / Jan 24, 2014

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Overview

La Verkin Creek Trail is located in the Kolobs Canyon portion of Zion National Park. This northwestern corner of the park has no direct road access to the Zion Canyon and has a separate road entrance than that of the main section of the park.

Along its 7 mile length, the trail gives you spectacular views of the red colored walls of the buttes that rise above the valleys in this area. The hike starts at Lees Pass on the eastern rim of Timber Creek Valley. The trail quickly descends 500 vertical feet to reach Timber Creek at the bottom of the valley and then continues south following the creek downhill. After 3 miles, the trail leaves Timber Creek and goes up a hill where it turns east, then enters the La Verkin Creek Valley and follows La Verkin Creek uphill. Just before the junction with Hop Valley Trail, you will reach a 0.6 mile long spur trail that takes you into a narrow canyon to Kolob Arch View Point.

With a length of 287 ft, Kolob Arch is either the second or the third longest free standing arch in the world (see statistics). At the View Point, you can look a thousand feet up a red colored wall to see the arch near the top of a mesa.

Please note that if you want to continue onto Hop Valley Trail, you will have to cross the La Verkin Creek. At times of high water, this is generally possible but may not be easy.




Map
Map



Getting There

From St George, UT, drive roughly 35 miles north on I-15 to exit 40. Turn east and enter the park. Drive 3.5 miles past the visitor center to Lees Pass Trailhead.

Route Description

All distances are per my GPS.





















Place
Elevation
Distance
Lees Pass
6080 ft
zero miles
Timber Creek
5600 ft
1.0 miles
Trail Leaves Timber Creek
5350 ft
2.0 miles
High Point
5450 ft
0.5 miles
La Verkin Creek
5020 ft
1.15 miles
Kolob Arch Trail Jct.
5240 ft
1.75 miles
Kolob Arch View Point
5350 ft
0.6 miles
Total
-
7.0 miles



At Lees Pass, you will see the sign for the La Verkin Creek Trail. Follow the trail down into the Timber Creek Valley. You will have great views of the red colored buttes on the west side of the valley.








Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley
Descending into Timber Creek Valley


After one mile, you have descended 500 feet where you reach Timber Creek. For the next 2 miles, the trail follows the creek downhill and crosses it many times. The volume of water in Timber Creek in usually low and the crossings are generally not a problem (you obviously need appropriate hiking boots or get wet a little).





















Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area
Timber Creek Area



The trail then leaves Timber Creek and goes 100 vertical feet up a hill covered by Pine/Juniper Trees where it reaches a high point and turns east. It then descends into the La Verkin Creek Valley.








Area Between the Creeks
Juniper Area
Area Betwwen the Creeks
Juniper Area
Area Between the Creeks
Juniper Area
Area Between the Creeks
Juniper Area


For the next 1.75 miles, the trail follows La Verkin Creek uphill on the north side of it.








La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek
La Verkin Creek


The red colored walls of Gregory Butte rise directly above you.








Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte
Walls of Gregory Butte


You will soon reach the signed junction with the Kolob Arch Trail. Turn north and follow the trail into a narrow canyon. This is a rough trail. .








On Kolob Arch Trail
Kolob Arch Trail
On Kolob Arch Trail
Kolob Arch Trail
On Kolob Arch Trail
Kolob Arch Trail
On Kolob Arch Trail
Kolob Arch Trail


After 0.6 miles, you will reach a sign that indicates that you have reached the Kolob Arch View Point. It also says that in order to prevent erosion, it recommends that you do not go any further. Look through the trees to see the giant Kolob Arch 1000 feet above you.




Kolob Arch
Zoomed View of Kolob Arch
Kolob Arch and Giant Pine Tree
Kolob Arch and Giant Tree



Red Tape

You must pay park entrance fee.

No permits needed for day hikes. See link below for all rules and regulations:
http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

Weather

See the forecast for Springdale, UT

External Links

Website:
La Verkin Creek


Books:
A Falcon Guide, "Hiking Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks", Eric Molvar & Tamara Martin.


Maps:
National Geographic, "Zion National Park, Utah, USA" #214

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