Overview : Resting in the southern section of Zion National Park, where daytime summer temperatures climb into the triple digits, is Mount... more »
Resting in the southern section of Zion National Park, where daytime summer temperatures climb into the triple digits, is Mount... more » Kinesava. Native Americans named the peak after the mischievous Paiute God "Coyote God of the Canyon." Blamed for many misdeeds the peak still shows the petroglyphs written by those brave enough to make an ascent of this fitful place.
An inspiring summit ascent, requiring a long difficult approach. Mount Kinesava will leave you tired, but in awe, of the southern section of Zion National Park.
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In my pack:
75' 6mm static pull rope
25' webbing, locking carabiner (3), ascender, rapid release (2), repelling device
GPS, Camera, Cell phone, TOPO map, compass, gloves, extra batteries, extra socks (2), first aid kit, headlamp, knife, sunscreen, bug spray, matches, light sticks, emergency Bivouac kit.
Carried but didn't need:
50' webbing, harness, nuts
Lunch & energy snacks
Full day: Plan on 9 hrs hiking + summit & petroglyph time. About 11 hours total.
Water: 3 liters**(85 degrees F)
**3 liters was barely enough, I was taking mouth fulls of my last .5 liter the final two layer descent. Plan on stashing at least 1 liter for the descent.
Good shoes for slickrock scrambling.
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Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin Utah. Continue on SR-9 toward the south entrance of the park. After passing through the town of Rockville and before your arrive at the large apple orchard marking the beginning of Springdale, Utah. Watch for a large sweeping turn in the road to your left. At the apex of the... More turn is Anasazi Way. Turn left onto the private road. After a short steep switchback be prepared for the parking lot entrance's abrupt drop off to the Chinle Trailhead.
Apparently the private property owners prefer no access to Zion National Park through its subdivision. A trail does exist to the Park boundary gate. Do not park in the subdivision and DO NOT CROSS PRIVATE PROPERTY.Less
The parking provided at the trailhead is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst especially for low clearance vehicles. It is not well maintained and provides for blind entrance onto Anasazi Way. Along hwy-9 a large pullout exists a few feet below the parking lot and might provide a better alternative.
Follow the Chinle Trail through the subdivision. Use care and respect as the trail is close to several private property homes.
Just across Anasazi Way is the Junction for mountain biking on BLM land and Chinle Trail. Continue to follow the Chinle Trail.
The boundary is marked by a chained gate. The chain is looped around a pole and keeps the gate in place. Please remember to close and chain the gate after passing through. Turn east and follow the fence line toward a small ridge line rising to the north and the first Springdale layer. Use power poles for reference.
Following the small ridge line a prominent ridge line exists further to the north. This ridge line is punctuated with large boulders and a triple power pole resting between the boulders. This is the direction of travel. Avoid dropping into the gorge on your right, stay on the high level layer to your left makes for easier hiking.
Access to the Springdale Layer is granted by scrambling up a sandy, rocky ridge line. The trail is well marked, but the climb is difficult. Use of hiking poles helps with balance and traction in the soft dirt. Use extreme caution! Even very large boulders should be viewed with skepticism before gripping, pulling or standing.
On the Springdale Layer follow the cairns and path into the Juniper covered landscape. A very large boulder with a cairn on top of it marks the junction between those taking the Springdale Layer Loop and those proceeding to Cowboy Ridge, Mt. Kinesava and West Temple. At the boulder proceed to the left hand side heading in a westerly direction... More directly up the next hillside. No cairns were spotted, but many trails exist. Gage your ascent to arrive at the top near the large gully to the north of the hillside.Less
From this ridge line proceed north toward the gully but dropping into the flat area behind it. Several prominent gullies descend from Kinesava's rock face. Proceed up on the southern hillside. A well worn path and ample cairns mark the path. Soon the trail drops down and through the gully to the opposite hill side. Scrambling becomes solid... More class 3. Work your way through the sand and loose rock to the Rock Face.
Views to the east are stunning with the Mountain Peaks of East Zion.Less
At the rock face, the trail proceeds up a series of boulder washes. Solid class 4 scramble exists as you alternate between several steep, gulleys or traverse' along the ridge line beside them. One large (30' square) exposed section of slickrock caused me to use my 6mm pull cord on the descent for a pendulum swing to the trail. Once elevation is... More achieved an easy traverse leads to a massive wash, saddle and lookout point.
Standing at the saddle looking back toward the rock face a vegetative ledge system can be seen and the final ramp becomes obvious.Less
Just past the ledge is the crux for the summit ascent. A series of massive boulders must be climbed to arrive at the sandy trail once again. Up close and personal these boulders are an impressive sight. Ledges, cracks and boulders make for good hand and feet positions to arrive at a massive cairn type outcropping. Fractured and split it... More appears to be an incredible landslide waiting to occur.
The trail continues to be worn and easy to follow, but steep, sandy and loose rock make the passage slow going.Less
Finally the plateau is reached and you are greeted by several large Hoodoos. The rocky ridge line that continues to West Temple is impressive to the north. Again the view East is spectacular.
Looking south now across the plateau of scrub oak, and ponderosa pine trees is a red rock knoll. To the right of the red rock knoll is a series of... More cliff bands with large buttress. This is the location of the petroglyphs.Less
The climb to the summit of Mount Kinesava is an additional 700 vertical feet of slickrock scrambling. Plenty of shelf systems and weaknesses to arrive at the top. Be prepared for some of the most awe inspiring views Zion National Park has to offer.
Mount Kinesava rests on the Southern most edge of the park, the views West are of Kolob and... More Pine Valley. The Kolob Terrace sandstone peaks stand out against the green / blue background of the surrounding trees. The triangle shape of Red Butte is unmistakable, Tabernacle Dome, and the Guardians are easy to spot. South allows views into town, and farms. Eagle Crags and the surrounding area is beautiful.
East is the impressive line of East Zion Peaks. Mountain of the Sun, Twin Brothers, Spry Mountain, East Temple, Bridge Mountain, G2, Destination Peak, Gifford Peak, Hepworth Peak, Roof Peak and The Watchman. North rests the amazing face of West Temple.Less
Down climb back to the valley looking south-south-west again locate the series of cliff bands. Follow the well worn path across the plateau, through the scrub oak to the buttresses. As Bo Beck points out on his website for Mount Kinesava "We assume if you are going to do this difficult of a hike you respect ancient rock... Remember the slightest... More touch can damage the ancient rock art. Treat it with the respect you would a piece of art in a museum."Less