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Crawford Wash, Zion

Crawford Wash is a beautiful wide wash running south from SR9 in the east section of Zion National Park. This wash eventually connects to the east Virgin River and the Parunuweap Canyon. On this hike we traversed part way along Crawford Wash and from there ascended the high ridge to the west towards Jenny Peak (peak elevation 6310). We then returned to Crawford wash and out.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 2.6 miles total – easy
Elevation gain: ~550 feet to the top of the ridge – moderate
Terrain: Open steep Slickrock – difficult
Exposure: Steeply sloping slickrock and treacherous ascent – difficult

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

If coming from the west take SR9 through Springdale, Utah, into Zion National Park. Turn right on SR9 at the Canyon Junction and take the switchbacks up and through the Main Zion Tunnel. Travel 0.8 miles to a gravel parking area at the trail start (GPS N37.215748, W112.930065).

If coming from the east turn onto SR9 at the Mount Carmel Junction and drive into Zion National Park. Travel through the small tunnel on SR9 and the parking area is 0.5 miles from here.

The Trail

The trail begins on the south side of SR9. You travel along the base of a rock promontory and then down the steep slope into Pine Creek. Crawford Wash enters Pine Creek directly across from this descent.

Crawford is a wide rock and sand wash. Part way along you will encounter several large logs blocking the route. It is fairly easy to work through these or to bypass this obstruction by going up and along the left bank of the wash.

After about 1/2 mile from the road we headed up the large slickrock hill on the right (west) towards Jenny Peak. It was a further 0.8 miles to reach the saddle below the peak. We returned by the same route.

Head for a large sloping pine tree part way up. There is a fallen tree resting against this tree and this will assist you in scaling the steepest part of the ridge. From here work your way up and to the right to a secondary saddle. From here traverse back to the left and into the large bowl feature. From here work your way up the slickrock to the ridge.

Crawford Wash to West Ridge

Crawford Wash to West Ridge

Here are some of the pictures we took on March 24, 2016.
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