Driving East on Highway 9 toward Mt. Carmel Junction is a tremendously rewarding experience. Twists and turns lead to elevation gains,... more » which in turn lead to increasingly amazing views. Arches, slot canyons, hikers, and climbers all seem to converge at every turn where adventure awaits for everyone. Just before you enter the long 1.1 mile Zion Tunnel on the right hand side of the road is a series of cliffs popular to climbers. Cars line the wide switchback turns during Spring as these graceful athletes make their ascent on beautiful cliffs. At the top of such a climb is a part of Zion few people ever have the opportunity to see, it is called Hepworth Canyon.
Existing behind Bridge Mountain and behind the sandstone ridges along Gifford Canyon; Hepworth Canyon is a no man's land which remains largely hidden. As your car passes into the first turn of the tunnel you are actually directly beneath a large valley and spillway which empties the drainage from Hepworth Canyon into Pine Creek.
Destination Peak is a rewarding 2000 foot summit ascent which allows you to witness the splendor of this section of Zion National Park.
Special thanks to Bo Beck and Tanya Milligan for their Zion Park Hiking Guide. Their link can be found under "Other Resources".
To download GPS track only go to "Trip Report" under "Other Resources". less «