Pines and Peaks.The Northgate Peaks Trail is a fun, easy hiking path high in the heart of Zion. For many, Northgate Peaks is a place to get away from the crowds and simply relax in the cooler, higher climes of the Park, surrounded by a very different kind of landscape from Zion Canyon. The trail weaves through tall Ponderosa pine groves throughout its length, and tall, white, monolithic peaks are scattered throughout this region of the Kolob Terrace. The trail ends on a craggy knob of volcanic rock, with views of slickrock, sandstone towers, and big sky all around. It takes about an hour to get here from Springdale, but it's always worth the drive.