As temperatures rise to triple digits in the main canyon of Zion National Park, a hiker is left with few choices: 1) Continue to ride the sweltering shuttle service 2) Swim in the Virgin river (always a good choice during summer) 3) Change from hiking to canyoneering (many canyons require wetsuits even in the heat of summer) or 4) Move to higher elevation.
Northgate Peaks trail is a beautiful alpine hike, through towering Ponderosa Pine trees along a maintained trail. A lava point overlook allows the viewing of Northgate Peaks East, West and The North Guardian Angel.
A backcountry route extension description is provided to summit both Northgate Peaks if desired.
GPS track can be downloaded from Other Resources under "Trip Report".
The summit of both Northgate Peaks is a Backcountry Route extension off a maintained trail! 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' 7mm static pull rope. (used)
10' webbing, locking carabiner (2), (not needed)
GPS, Camera, Cell phone, TOPO map, compass, gloves, extra batteries, first aid kit, headlamp, knife, sunscreen, bug spray, matches, light sticks, emergency Bivouac kit.
Water: 3 liters**(87 degrees F)
Good shoes for scrambling.
Permit: NOT required