Beta Guide: Epic Babylon Loop

Epic Babylon Loop

Epic Babylon Loop Epic Babylon Loop All hail the Epic Babylon Loop! The Babylon section of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve (the RCDR shares identical borders as the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area) is a stunning part of what is an amazing, 62,000-acre wildlife reserve set aside to protect the …

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Beta Guide: Whiterocks Amphitheater

Whiterocks Amphitheater

Whiterocks Amphitheater Whiterocks Amphitheater The Whiterocks Amphitheater is a small but spectacular bowl set beneath numerous jagged peaks at the far northern end of Snow Canyon State Park. The trail is short — less than half a mile one-way — making it ideal for young hikers. For those with a …

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Beta Guide: Blake-Gubler Trail

Blake Gubler Trail

Blake Gubler Trail Blake Gubler Trail In an area blessed with spectacular trails, the Blake Gubler Trail stands out as one of the most gorgeous trails in southern Utah. The route leads through stands of mountain mahogany, castle-like rock formations composed of walls, spires, fingers and splintery towers, and ending …

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Beta Guide: Progeny Peak, Two Pines Arch

Progeny Peak

Progeny Peak, Two Pines Arch Progeny Peak, Two Pines Arch The Progeny Peak and Two Pines Arch hike is a superb adventure, with a ridiculous amount of scenery packed into its two-mile (roundtrip) length. Located in the eastern portion of Zion National Park, the views from the summit of Progeny …

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Beta Guide: Red Mountain – Red Mountain Summit route

Red Mountain Summit route

Beta Guide: Red Mountain – Red Mountain Summit route Beta Guide: Red Mountain – Red Mountain Summit route Red Mountain is the dominant landmark in Ivins and Kayenta in southern Utah. Located just west of Snow Canyon State Park, this towering red mesa rises some 1,500 feet above the subdivisions at its …

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Beta Guide: Red Mountain – Kayenta Crack

Kayenta Crack

Kayenta Crack Kayenta Crack Red Mountain is a massive uplift in southern Utah that dominates the area north of Ivins with towering red cliffs, deep canyons and jagged peaks. Red Mountain is not exactly a mountain in the typical sense. It is more than anything a huge plateau or mesa. When …

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Beta Guide: Mollie’s Nipple

Mollie's Nipple

Mollie’s Nipple Mollie’s Nipple All hail the nipple! Mollie’s Nipple is a fun “little” peak visible from all over Washington County, although it sometimes blends in with the taller peaks and mesas to the east. It is composed primarily of limestone but has a cap of basalt on its summit …

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Beta Guide: The Hogback

The Hogback

The Hogback The Hogback The Hogback is a very obscure, rarely-climbed peak that dominates the northern skyline above the Enterprise Reservoirs. A dome-shaped peak that just barely breaks the 7000-foot mark, it makes for a short but vigorous ascent to a nearly-flat summit plateau with pleasant views down to the reservoirs and …

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Beta Guide: Red Whale Peak

Red Whale Peak

  Red Whale Peak Red Whale Peak Note: After writing this post I learned this also might be called (the route) “Stairway to Heaven.” Red Whale Peak is a spectacular route up a tall peak connected to the rim of the Red Mountain mesa (as I have been tending to do, this is …

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Beta Guide: Water Peak

Water Peak

Water Peak Water Peak Water Peak is a rugged-looking peak in a spectacular area. Despite its vertical appearance from the trailhead, the route to the summit is actually quite tame and passes through scenery as beautiful as anything you will see in Zion (in my opinion), but with no crowds …

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