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La Verkin Creek - Kolob ArchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Backpack avatar Sep 06 2017
John9L
Backpack15.21 Miles 2,030 AEG
Backpack15.21 Miles2 Days         
2,030 ft AEG
 
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I’ve been to Zion National Park a few times but never to Kolob Canyon. This trip would change that. I started in Bryce Canyon and hit Kanarra Falls on my drive over. Once I arrived at the Kolob Visitor Center I stopped in and grabbed a walk up permit for campsite #10 below Kolob Arch. I packed up my gear and started hiking around 3:30pm.

This hike in went well despite the heat of the sun bearing down on me. The trail is in fantastic condition as it heads south and passes Shuntavi Butte. I continued south and made good time & eventually turned to the east as I neared La Verkin Creek. The creek was flowing strong with cool and clear water. I took a short break and then continued on to my campsite arriving around 5:45pm where I set up camp and got situated. I then headed out for the quick side trip to Kolob Arch. This section of trail is slow going as you scramble up and down short rocky sections. The arch eventually came into view and I soaked it in. I got a bit closer but wanted to turn around before dusk set in. I returned to camp and settled in for the evening.

I woke up on day two and took my time tearing down camp. I hit trail around 8am and made the hike out. There were several groups hiking in on this Thursday. I had the place mostly to myself on Wednesday afternoon. I even saw a ranger on the hike out and he asked for my permit. I told him I’m happy to see the trail patrolled. After that the last mile or two flew by and I was back to the jeep around 10:30am. It was nice being done so early. I’m heading to Zion Canyon from here.

The La Verkin Creek / Kolob Arch is a solid area! I really enjoyed backpacking here and the flowing creek surrounded by massive red buttes was impressive. I’d love to continue through Hop Valley and then down into Zion Valley via the West Rim Trail. There is a lot to explore outside the valley without the crowds.
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