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Northgate Peaks, Zion

The Northgate Peaks are two large slickrock peaks, the East Northgate Peak and the West Northgate Peak, on the Kolob Plateau in the north western wilderness of Zion National Park. The West Peak rises about 500 feet above the valley floor and is a difficult and steep slickrock climb. The East Peak rises about 400 feet above the valley floor and is easier to climb.

Access to these peaks is from the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead 15.7 miles up the Kolob Terrace Road from Virgin, Utah.

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 4.5 miles total – moderate
Elevation gain: <100 feet - easy Terrain: Dirt with a few sandy and rocky places - easy Exposure: None - easy To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

The Kolob Terrace Road is a paved road that winds in and out of Zion National Park on its way to the Kolob Reservoir. Turn north onto this road from SR9 at the sign in Virgin, Utah.

Park at the Wildcat Canyon parking lot which is 15.7 miles from the Virgin turnoff. This parking lot is about 3/4 mile from the sharp switchback turn on the Kolob Road and at the end of a long hill up the mountain face. This portion of the Kolob Road is not plowed in winter.

For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Northgate Peaks Trail

The Trail

The trail is relatively flat and easy walking. Follow the Wildcat Canyon trail east for 1.1 miles to the junction of the Northgate Peaks trail. From here the trail travels south for about 1 1/4 miles to a viewpoint overlooking the West and East Northgate Peaks and the North Guardian Angel Peak beyond.

Shortly before you reach the Northgate Peaks Trail you will pass the Hop Valley Connector Trail. The upper access to the Subway Trail branches off the Northgate Trail a short distance from the junction. All of these trails are signed.

Here are some of the pictures we took.