Zion – Separation Peak Hike

Virgin, UT

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.

Parking along Rt. Nine and setting the GPS app

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?).

The main park road below us

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.

The quest for Bigfoot continues

This is what happens to careless hikers!

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.

Our lunchtime view

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.

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16 Responses to Zion – Separation Peak Hike

  1. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    As always…..great pictures! Thanks for the link.

  2. All i can say is WOW. Beautiful sceneries, adventurous hikers what can I say! Thanks for the link we will use it for sure.

  3. Marsha says:

    Thank you for the link. If you didn’t post it, eventually I would have emailed you to see how you are finding these awesome hikes. I will need to download GPS app before we do these though. Did you just find a free app on line?

    Because of some of the steep terrain, do you think a walking stick would be helpful? or in the way?

    Oh dear…another one of those “look down” pictures. Makes me dizzy!

    Since you are posting this, we are assuming at least one of you did not become a “careless” hiker. The bones look like they have been there awhile.

    Nice to see you two in shorts and sleeveless top. Such a cute picture of you Pam eating lunch in your bare feet. That one is a keeper.

    Gorgeous pictures as always. Great job dear friends.

  4. Lisa says:

    That looks like a fabulous hike! Adding that link to my bookmarks for future ref.

  5. Great Pictures!.. Thanks for the link!

  6. Ingrid says:

    Thanks for the link…..saved. Wow, amazing hike with some very cool pics!

  7. Susan A. says:

    You can certainly see more than we did in that amount of time. Love your blogs about the Four Corners places you’re going. You can go back and read my blogs from March 2010 on that whole area if you feel like it, but I know you’re awfully busy experiencing life right now.

    travelbug-susan.blogspot.com

  8. Allison says:

    More stunning photos! You’ve seen a lot of fantastic scenery.

  9. LuAnn says:

    What fabulous hikes you are discovering in Zion. Can’t wait to spend some time out there. 🙂

  10. Erin says:

    Thanks for the website link … you know it got pinned 😉 This looks like another fantastic hike. Nice to see I’m not the only to shed shoes sometimes ;-))

    P.S. one of your images has a broken link.

  11. Amazing post as usual. Always following to be thrilled by your new great adventures in Utah. You should try Bryce National Park it too has its surprises.

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