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East Zion Scout Hike
Rating: Long, strenuous and tiring. 8+ miles with up to 2500 feet of vertical rise and fall. Some moderately difficult angled sandstone sections. Possible bushy and/or steep rocky sections. Scramblers only. Approx. 7 hours total on trail. ----------------------------------------------------- This is a superb scout hike, far back into a portion of Eastern Zion that few know about or visit. It's basically a trackless, howling wilderness. That said, it's also the most awesome part of Zion, in the opinion of some. When you go there, you find yourself on pristine and fantastical redrock terrain that never seems to end. Really. Even the lousy parts are pretty good! Mixed with the rock are pines and other vegetation, which should be greening up slightly now with the fall rains. At least the moss will be doing well! The area drains south, directly into the east/west trending Parunuweap Canyon, far below. This steep set of side drainages helps keep huge sandstone exposures free of sand and dirt, but it also means difficult travel along some lines due to the high vertical relief. But it's that very relief that make it so very cool to hike there! :-) The route starts from the trailhead on East Canyon Road and heads south, up and over Checkerboard Pass, a 500 foot climb. The trailhead is just a mile before the Checkerboard Mesa turnout on the road. The entrance route is pretty cool itself, passing between high white sandstone walls for nearly a mile, and after a last steep push, attaining the pass. Beyond is a paradise of totally pristine redrocks, canyons, and bighorn sheep. Way down in the middle of it all is a particular deep pair of canyons I want to try and connect into a loop. Most of the proposed route is well known to me and no big problem, just the usual hard work. :-) Only about 0.7 mile is unknown, and if it's impassable, there is good alternate route to enjoy anyway, nearby. You will have to work very hard for your fun tho. Lots of sand, loose rocks, slabs to climb, pour-offs to bypass, the usual Zion scouting stuff. Also we must descend quite a lot while exploring beyond the pass and climb back up every foot of it to get back. 2500 feet of climbing doesn't take long to accumulate out there, oy. I give my planned connector route perhaps 50% chance of "working." But hey, if it does go, it will become a true Zion epic hike in its own right. All in all, look forward to a hike you won't soon forget! Prep: Three liters of water minimum. Stout boots and leather gloves. Sun hat. Camera. Food. And the need for solitude in a place no one ever, ever goes. Meet: 8AM Saturday the 27th of October at the La Verkin Maverik (north side of store). Then we drive to Zion and go up thru the tunnels to East Canyon and the trailhead. See you there! ---------------------------------------------------------- Notice: Meetup organizers are not touring guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

La Verkin Maverick

460 N State St · La Verkin, UT

What we're about

Red Rock Hiking Group: What we do

We're a hiking group based out of Southwest Utah. Our hikes typically are 3-7 miles, with no more than 2000 feet of climb at most, usually less. Very often we hike entirely cross-country, but we avoid technical, equipment-assisted hikes. It's all about being a big strong kid and having a nice ramble in the Big Blue Room.

We will try to make the hike descriptions as direct and accurate as possible, but it is up to the individual to know their limits, and choose hikes that are within their hiking level.

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As trail organizers, we are here to make sure everyone is guided on the particular trail and is accounted for in general. We all come onto the trail together, and we all leave together. Hiking with us is like hiking with friends. When we’re on trail, we work as a team, and never leave anyone behind. If we notice people are getting too far ahead or behind, we make sure we stop regularly, regroup, and continue on trail together. In the end, we are a hiking group, and while it is ultimately up to the individual to keep oneself safe, it is up the group to stay together.


In order to keep up the maintenance of the site and other expenses, we request a suggested donation of $1 per hike which you can offer to your event host, who may or may not accept it, up to them. Or you can donate thru the "Chip In!" link on the left column as you desire up to as much as you want to annually, and that helps cover the cost of the site and time for organizer's prep.

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