Zion: Burnt Mountain
Like a lot of the other places I go, there is virtually no information on the internet about Burnt Mountain, so I am about to add a lot of visual data. Burnt Mountain is a huge monolith of rock, surrounded on all sides by 1,000 foot cliffs. It sits alone in the Kolob section of Zion National Park but views of the mountain are usually obscured by other towers and from a distance it often blends in with higher cliff bands. It must have been named during a time that it’s high summit plateau was burned up from lightning strikes. There is only one record I’ve found of anybody climbing it.
Over the last year I’ve made several trips to the area but I haven’t yet been all the way to the base of the cliffs. I was very close on my last attempt but got turned around on some brushy cliffs. I still plan on getting over there on another trip, but I’ve already had a great time in the area. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Climbing out of the valley onto the north ridge of Redd Butte puts you on the edge of a cliff that is MUCH higher than one you climbed up.