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Scoggins Wash, Zion

Scoggins Wash is an easy walk into the interior of the southern lowlands of Zion National Park, Utah. This is an ideal winter hike as it is fairly dry and temperatures are much cooler than in the summer. At the head of the wash there are beautiful views of the Zion Mountains and in particular the West Temple.

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 8.8 miles return – moderate
Elevation gain: ~600 feet – moderate
Terrain: Dirt, rocks, sand – easy
Exposure: a long hot walk to reach the Wash – moderate

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Getting There

Access to Scoggins Wash is through the Coalpits Wash where the latter crosses under SR9.

Park at the signed Coalpits Wash parking lot on the north side of SR9. The parking lot is 6.8 miles east of the Kolob Terrace Road in Virgin, Utah and 2.6 miles west of Bridge Road in Rockville, Utah, at GPS 37.170542,-113.081278.

Hike north along Coalpits Wash for 1.7 miles to the signed campsite #6. Here Coalpits Wash veers west and then north. Scroggins Wash continues straight ahead and then veers north easterly.

The Trail

The trail along the Coalpits Wash to the beginning of Scroggins Wash is flat and open and would be very hot in summer. This trail drops in and out of several shallow side washes before reaching the junction about 1.7 miles from the parking lot.

Scroggins Wash is about 2.7 miles in length to its head at the base of the Zion Mountains. It is a fairly open wash without any difficult objects along the way. You can either walk in the wash or follow a trail alongside the wash which cuts back and forth across the wash. This trail is easier walking than the wash which can be muddy and is rocky in places.

Here are some of the pictures we took.