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Cable and Deertrap Mountains, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 11.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,369 feet
Elevation Gain 1 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-5 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 19.5
Interest Historic
Backpack Yes
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21  2013-04-27
Zion East Rim Observation & Cable Mtn
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25  2013-04-27
Zion East Rim Observation & Cable Mtn
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13  2011-11-08 dwsmith11
5  2010-06-19 nonot
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:09am - 5:23pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Court Of The Patriarchs
Court Of The Patriarchs
1.0 mi away
0.2 mi
40 ft
Emerald Pools - Zion
Emerald Pools - Zion
1.2 mi away
2.0 mi
500 ft
Sand Beach Trail - Zion
1.3 mi away
1.4 mi
200 ft
Grotto Trail
Grotto Trail
1.5 mi away
0.7 mi
20 ft
West Rim- Telephone Canyon Trail Loop
West Rim- Telephone Canyon Trail Loop
1.6 mi away
15.5 mi
3,800 ft
Spry Canyon
Spry Canyon
1.6 mi away
4.0 mi
1,000 ft
Telephone Canyon
Telephone Canyon
1.6 mi away
10.0 mi
3,000 ft
Behunin Canyon
1.6 mi away
7.0 mi
2,000 ft
Angel
Angel's Landing
1.6 mi away
5.0 mi
1,700 ft
West Rim Trail - Zion NP
West Rim Trail - Zion NP
1.6 mi away
7.0 mi
3,200 ft
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by nonot

Overview: This description will start and end at the junction of the East Rim Trail and Deertrap Mountain trail, close to Stave Springs. Difficult and statistics to the left reflect this portion. Most will reach this point via the East Rim TH off highway 9, though there are other options.


Hike: Get on the Deertrap Mountain Trail and proceed south. You will pass a small cascade on the left, likely the only water you will find on your entire hike. Soon you will emerge onto a fairly flat plateau. Unfortunately it appears the entire area was burned in a wildfire approximately 15 years ago, so there will be little shade the rest of your hike.

After 1.2 miles you will reach the intersection with Cable Mountain Trail. Turn right and hike up and then down to the lookout at the end of cable mountain. At the end is the historic cable tower that served as the upper platform for an assembly used to ferry lumber down to Zion canyon below. The early mormon settlers needed this lumber from the rim, rather than hauling it in from forests in northern Arizona.

Over the edge is a 2500 sheer drop or so to the river, give it a peek!

Head back to Deertrap Mtn Trail and turn southwest. Follow this trail 2.7 miles until it ends at an overlook of Zion Canyon. Towards the end you rack up the AEG as you have to go over several hills (remember, you will pass them going back too!). This trail was sandy and more overgrown when I hiked it in 2010 than the others.

Admire the view from Deertrap Mountain and retrace your steps back Deertrap Mtn Trail the East Rim Trail.

Water: Stave Springs appears to be the only source in the area, or slightly upstream of the spring along the very beginning of Deertrap Mountain trail.

Camping: Possible with a permit from Zion NP.

nonot
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    NPS PDF - 2
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
None

Zion National Park
Zion Per Car/7 Day Entrance Fee (Permits such as backcountry and such may pertain too)


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To hike
Most will start at the east rim trail, near the east entrance to Zion NP, on highway 9.
page created by nonot on Jun 25 2010 12:08 am
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