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Kolob Arch

posted Nov 9, 2017, 4:46 PM by Justin P   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 4:46 PM ]
Monday, we headed to the Kolob section of Zion National Park.  Heading west from Springdale, we took I15 north to the Kolob entrance and parked at the trailhead for La Verkin Trail.  From the road, the trail headed rather steeply down, following Timber Creek downstream.  Up near the headwaters, there was really no creek to speak of.  The views of the mountains were great from the trail but we knew it would be a steep climb back up at the end of our hike.  In about three miles, we reached campsite 3, where the trail turns left to begin following La Verkin Creek upstream.  We had great views of the mountains and some nice cascades along the creek.  In about 6.5 miles from the trailhead, there was a split where left led to Kolob Arch.  Heading up this trail, we followed a small tributary upstream between some really high canyon walls.  In about a half-mile, the trail basically ended where three small tributaries came together.  Looking to the left, we could see Kolob Arch high above.  It's really huge - I almost missed it because it was much bigger than I expected.  The view wasn't great here, so I found some rocks to climb up on for a better view.  The arch was just amazing.  I guess it's withstood the test of time, because it's so tucked away in this little canyon.  The topo map shows an intermittent stream (the western tributary of the three) flowing down through the arch, though it was completely dry today.  I suspect if you came during a good rain, there might be a waterfall through the arch!  We had lunch up here and then started making our way back.  It was a good seven miles make to the car and it took a while.  Most of the trail was relatively flat, but the last half-mile or so was fairly steep up.  Back at the car, we made the drive back to Springdale.  When we were almost there, I called Zion Adventure Company and we were able to pick up our gear for the Narrows tomorrow.  After getting that squared away, we went to Bamboo and had Chinese for dinner.