Deep Into KolobThis is an unusual Zion hike, as it starts by travelling downhill, and ends by hiking uphill. The usual objective is to get to the Kolob Arch viewpoint, although for some, Kolob Arch is only a waypoint enroute to Hop Valley or Beartrap Canyon. The canyon north of Kolob Arch, known as Waterfalls Canyon, has some cool waterfalls not far past Kolob Arch.
Camping is allowed along LaVerkin Creek at designated campsites (permit required). A three-day trip allows exploring up LaVerkin Creek and to the waterfall in Beartrap Canyon. Campsites above the intersection with Waterfalls Canyon afford more privacy, if you care for it.
Since most of the hike is in the sun, this makes for a good spring trip.
LaVerkin Creek is located in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion, about 60 minutes from Springdale. From Springdale, drive 19 miles south and west on Route 9 to LaVerkin. Turn Right, and proceed 6 miles north on Highway 17, through Toquerville, to Interstate 15. Head north on I-15 13 miles to the Kolob Canyons exit. Check in at the Kolob Visitor Center, then drive 3.6 miles to the well-marked Lee Pass Trailhead on the left. (Drive another 1.5 miles to the end of the road to get a good view of Timbertop Mountain).
From Lee Pass, descend steeply down the wide trail to the bottom of Timber Creek. Cross the small drainage at the bottom and find the trail on the other side. Continue south into the main Timber Creek valley and follow along the (often dry) streambed. There are several campsites (#1-4) in this area, but they are far from water in most seasons. After a couple miles, the trail climbs away from the streambed and up through the woods. The trail is easy to lose here, so pay attention and follow the most-worn path over a shallow hill, then down into the LaVerkin Creek valley, eventually meeting the creek. LaVerkin Creek gushes with beautiful, clear water. Beartrap Canyon FallsCampsites are found along LaVerkin Creek for several miles, from where the trail meets the creek to a few miles past where Waterfalls Canyon comes in on the left. The prettiest campsites are the furthest in. To visit the Kolob Arch viewpoint, turn left at the signed junction and follow the trail for half a mile to where Kolob Arch can be seen to the west through the trees. For additional fun, continue up the canyon on the right (northwest) past the Kolob Arch Viewpoint. A half-mile of slow, rough hiking takes the intrepid adventurer to the base of an un-named triple waterfall. A trail to the right may be used to reach the top of the 400-foot (120 m) waterfall system.Hike alongside LaVerkin Creek east for a couple miles to a stream coming in on the left. This is Waterfalls Canyon, where you can explore to find... waterfalls! Past Waterfalls Canyon, LaVerkin Creek and Beartrap Canyon offer further delights. Return the way you came.
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