If you have any plans to visit Zion National Park be sure to check out a great site for information on hiking in the park called Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park. We have used this site almost every day to plan our adventures.
Today we copied directions from that site to a little used hike on the east side of the park called Separation Peak Hike. The hike is about a mile and a half up a dry creek to the peak and involved a nice variety of terrain.
After a short walk along the road we turned south and went down what is called slickrock to the dry creek bed below.
After a brief hike in the creek bed, we climbed up some fairly steep slip rock and over a hill to avoid a steep waterfall (dry) area in the creek. This was the trickiest part of the hike but we escaped with only one skinned knee (guess who?).
We re-joined the creek bed and hiked quite a distance on solid rock, stopping to check out the many pools carved into the rock.
The view became pretty cool as we rose up the canyon.
At times the hike required some rock scrambling.
At other times it was a leisurely walk on flat terrain.
At some points the creek bed rose steeply, but the rocks provided good footing so the climb wasn’t difficult.
As we approached Separation Peak the trail narrowed and the “foliage” became a bit thick.
We finally made it through the brush and were able to climb back up the rocks to the base of the peak.
The rocks along the peak proved to be a great place for lunch.
On the return trip, we stayed out of the creek bed, choosing to hike up high on the rocks. This enabled us to get some great views of the surrounding area.
After scrambling back down the rocks, at times literally on our butts, we returned to the Jeep.
Many thanks to Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park for suggesting this hike.