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Zion: No Name Knoll
Backcountry Scrambling on the Kolob Terrace
The Kolob Terrace of Zion lies between the main part of the park and the Kolob Canyons area of the park. It’s made up of a series of “terraces” divided by long sandstone ridges and escarpments. The terraces are covered in sand and lave pastures and forests. It’s also splintered into a confusing array of public and private, state and federal land.
Along the road that passes through the area there is a high ridge of sandstone hoodoos in between Cave Knoll and Tabernacle Dome. I’ve been on Cave Knoll many times but had never tried this other wall of rock so one day set out to do just that. I’m calling the peak No-Name Knoll because I haven’t seen any labels for it on maps or the internet.
There was this strange half built “storage shelf” from 1961.
Climbing above the dam seemed promising. There were numerous seep springs around the area. Again, here I was able to almost get up above the waterfall but the rocks became just steep and exposed enough to make me uncomfortable. Rock climbing shoes might have made the difference.
The bottom of No Name Knoll is littered with nooks and crannies and pseudo caves.
Some unusual rocks on the top. That tree has lifted the stone originally grew out from under.