Zion: Kolob Terrace Traverse
Last year I kept going to an area of Zion that I thought was really interesting but also very time consuming to figure out how to get through. After several trips I got a little obsessed with trying to put together a route from Wildcat Canyon trailhead to Lambs Knoll. The high cliffs south of Pine Valley Peak lead to a maze of hoodoo islands that get tantalizingly close to the Left Fork.
The route, as it works in my head, is 5 sections. The first section I wrote about as Pine Valley Peak. The second section I wrote about here as Highlands of the Kolob Terrace. There was another trip I made that didn’t get me where I wanted but it did forge enough of a route that on the 4th and final attempt I suckered a friend into going with me so that we could use two cars if we made it all the way. This fourth attempt wasn’t easy and we had some problems but after a long day we were right across the street from Lamb’s Knoll.
The hike starts in the pine forests below the lava cap at Wildcat Canyon trailhead.
Leaving the highlands maze is tricky. I tried 3 or 4 different routes but only found this one. Ironically I had looked at the correct way down on my first attempt but it looked to0 steep. While steep, it’d doable with some awkward upper class-three downclimbing for maybe 200 feet. Leaving the highlands isn’t really what you want because across a small valley is another fortress of high hoodoos to contend with. That was our next goal, to see if we could get through there. I had been before but ran out of time before I could look around.
It’s brushy! I find it preferable to climb up higher and maintain the cliffs.