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Zion west rim trail to Phantom Valley

Postby H2SO4 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:50 pm

Does anyone know if there's a non-technical (say 4th class or easier) route from the west rim trail into Phantom Valley? Perhaps about 1/2 mile north of the northern of the two intersections with the telephone canyon trail? I've been reading other forums that indicate there is a way, but they're all either vague, or reference features that don't show on my map.
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Re: Zion west rim trail to Phantom Valley

Postby Scott » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:16 pm

There is a way from the West Rim, but I don't think it could be called non-technical. You would probably want ropes in at least two locations.

There is a ropeless way out of Right Fork into Phantom Valley, using the same trailhead (Lava Point) as the West Rim, which route may be what you are thinking of. Still, it's a stretch to call it non-technical and the entire route is very rugged.

There are at least two long and rugged, but non-technical routes into Phantom Valley from Coalpits/Terry Wash and Right Fork/Trail Canyon. If you want a non-technical route in, these are your best bets, but they are still very long and rugged.
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Re: Zion west rim trail to Phantom Valley

Postby H2SO4 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:38 am

Thank you!
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