Existing behind the skyline of The Watchman, G2 and Bridge Mountain; hidden behind the sandstone ridges of Gifford Canyon, is a no man's land of sandstone peaks.
Gifford Peak is a rewarding 1930' foot technical summit hike which allows you to witness the splendor of this section of Zion National Park.
GPS track can be downloaded from Other Resources under "Trip Report".
Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility.
Technical section! This route includes 3, 4 & 5th class sections. "Take the proper equipment, have the right skills and use sound judgment. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your group by resolving any problems that may arise. Rescue is not a certainty. If rescue is possible, it will take hours or days to remove an injured hiker from the backcountry". ** Zion National Park Backcountry Guide.
In my pack:
75' 11mm dynamic rope
75' 6mm static pull rope
Harness, rappel device, 50' webbing, locking carabiner (2), Water: 2 liters**(77 degrees F) GPS, Camera, Cell phone, TOPO map, compass, gloves, extra batteries, first aid kit, headlamp, knife, sunscreen, bug spray, matches, light sticks, emergency Bivouac kit.
Lunch & energy snacks
Good shoes for slickrock scrambling.
Permit: NOT required.