Located behind the main Zion canyon 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. Four beautiful peaks line up in a north to south direction. Destination Peak, Gifford Peak, Hepworth Peak and Roof Peak. These, of course, are the unofficial names. Like most peaks in Zion National Park, the peaks have a number or nickname that have filtered down from peak bagger reports over the years.
A beautiful backcountry loop. This 6 mile class 3 scramble reaches the summit of both Hepworth and Roof peaks before dropping into Gifford Canyon.
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.
In my pack:
75' 6mm static pull rope (not needed)
50' webbing, locking carabiner (2), (not needed)
Water: 2 liters**(65 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
**Full sun hike, carry more water if warmer temperature exists.
Good shoes for slickrock scrambling.
Permit: NOT required