Hop Valley Trail

Zion National Park, Utah 84767

Distance6.5mi
Elevation Gain2,138ft
Trailhead Elevation6,378ft
Top6,378ft
Elevation Min/Max5318/6378ft
Elevation Start/End6378/6378ft

Hop Valley Trail

Hop Valley Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Washington County, Utah. It is within Zion National Park. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 6,378 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,138 feet. The Hop Valley Trailhead information is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Connector Trail, La Verkin Creek Trail and La Verkin Creek Trail.

Hop Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A backpack from Kolob Reservoir Road through the Hop Valley to La Verkin Creek. This trail begins in the sage flat atop the Kolob Terrace and then descends through the narrow dale of the Hop Valley before dropping to the banks of La Verkin Creek.

The trail is hot and dusty in the summer, with lots of deep sand along the upper portions of the route that will make gaiters a welcome complement to your footwear."

"When you rise out of Timber Creek, look ahead to a full view of the Fingers of the Kolob. The trail steepens and the washes become more rugged. Summiting one particularly rugged ridge, the trail clings to the ridge’s spine.

Looking back, you overlook the green Timber Creek valley below and beyond that to the mesas and low valleys of the La Verkin city and Hurricane areas. To the southeast tower the massive Gregory and Shuntavi Buttes."

"Kolob Arch is probably the largest natural arch in the world. Accurate measurement of its size is difficult because of its location, high above the canyon floor, but recent calculations place its span somewhere between 292 and 310 feet. The arch lies near the top of the Navajo Sandstone cliffs on the north side of La Verkin Creek, about 700 feet above the trail. It faces east, so the best time to see and photograph Kolob Arch is in the morning before about 10:00 a.m.

There are three possible ways to walk to Kolob Arch, but the Hop Valley Trail, suggested here, is the most scenic approach. This trail starts on the Kolob Plateau, south of La Verkin Creek, and proceeds down the colorful Hop Valley Canyon to its confluence with La Verkin. The canyon is about 200 yards wide, with a flat, grassy bottom boxed in on both sides by towering cliffs of red sandstone. A shallow stream, fed by runoff from a half dozen side canyons, keeps the bottom of the narrow valley green, while, in the distance, one can see the picturesque maze of mesas and canyons that surround the confluence of Hop Valley and La Verkin Creek."

Hop Valley Trail Reviews

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5/29/2002
We hiked the Hop Valley trail to Kolob Arch, camped at a campsite 1/2 mile from the Arch and then hiked La Verkin Creek trail...the Hop Valley trail was much prettier....you go through about 2 miles of desert and then you hit an area that looks like the "Promise Land"...right before our campsite we descended down some switchbacks about 1000 ft....we had a late start so we hiked the descent in the dark...now that was "fun"...in the morning, we hiked to Kolob Arch...save your time and energy...the La Verkin Creek stint of our backcountry trip...the scenery wasn't as beautiful as the Hop Valley trail...your last water source is at campsite #5 and once you get to campsite #1 you have about a hour an a half to go...the last hour is uphill...if I was to do this trail again, I would do La Verkin first and end with Hop Valley.
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Trail Information

Zion National Park
Nearby City
Zion National Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Zion National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Guardian Angels, Kolob Arch, Kolob Reservoir; Trails Illustrated Zion National Park
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