Northgate Peaks Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 183' 56 m
Descent: -181' -55 m
High: 6,988' 2,130 m
Low: 6,904' 2,104 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A quick out-and-back to the Northgate Peaks with an optional scramble to one of the summits.”— Brian Smith
This mostly flat trail heads due south for just over a mile from its junction with Wildcat Canyon Trail and passes through open grasslands and pinyon-juniper. The Northgate Peaks Trail ends between the east and west Northgate Peaks. From here, you'll have great views of the North Guardian Angel, a large sandstone formation that juts up from the surrounding landscape.
There are multiple trails heading up either of the Northgate Peaks if you're looking for a scramble to a better view. It should be noted that these approaches are not sanctioned park trails - please be considerate of your surroundings and stick to defined paths to avoid trampling delicate desert fauna.
Turn around and head back to the trailhead, retracing your steps.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Zion National Park