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Kolob Arch via Lee Pass - Zion National Park

Summary: A trail/horse path that leads to the worlds largest natural arch.
Directions: The trail is located in the north west section of Zion Park.  Take I-15 to exit 40 (signed exit for Zion NP).   Turn east into the park and follow the road to the signed trailhead for La Verkin Canyon.  There is a large parking area provided.
Road Conditions: Passenger Car - paved all the way
Navigation: Easy
Length: 13 miles
Date Hiked: September, 1999
Weather Conditions: Too warm, ~90s F
Required Skills: None
Hike Description: From the trailhead you will follow a well graded trail which mostly parallels  a dry streambed for the first 4 miles.  The walking is easy going with few obstacles to step around or over (except for the numerous piles of horse poop which line the trail).  At the 4 mile point you will come to a signed junction, turn left and follow Verkin Creek upstream.  For the next 2 miles the trail parallels the creek (which provides welcome relief from the heat) and is completely flat, though the deep sand you will be walking in much of the time will slow your pace.   At the next signed junction, turn left again for a 0.5 upstream walk to a view of the arch.  Return the way you came.
Rating (1-5 stars):
I can't say that I was particularly impressed with this hike.  The walk to the arch was uninteresting and punctuated with the smell of horse dung.  The arch itself was nice, but not easy to see, since it is located high in a canyon wall upstream from the end of the trail (with no real way to get closer other than bushwacking and perhaps no better view for your effort).  Unless you really like arches there are better hikes in Zion than this one.
Maps: Trails Illustrated - Zion National Park
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Looking up canyon towards
Kolob Arch