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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012

From the Field: BACKPACKER Trail Scouts' Top Western Local Hikes

Whether you want an uncrowded hike in Zion National Park or a five-miler through a gypsum dune field in New Mexico, our scouts have paved the way.

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Goat Lake (Photo by Hikingwithmybrother.com)
Goat Lake (Photo by Hikingwithmybrother.com)
Gypsum Dunefield (Photo by Chuck Haney)
Gypsum Dunefield (Photo by Chuck Haney)
Chinle Trail (Photo by Joe Braun)
Chinle Trail (Photo by Joe Braun)

Chinle Trail to Coalpits, Zion NP, UT
Ray O’Neil, Springdale, UT

“Three million people visit Zion Canyon each year, but only a few thousand see the view from the back side,” O’Neil says. Get the unique perspective as you circle the base of 7,285-foot Mt. Kinesava on this 11-mile loop. Camp at mile four, and watch the sunset illuminate 7,810-foot West Temple. Day two, look for chunks of petrified wood littering the head of Scoggins Wash at the halfway point; continue up Coalpits Wash to Main Street and walk east two easy road miles to your car. Trip ID 716485

“In late November, the cliffs get a frosting of snow on top.”




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