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The Triplets - Zion National Park

Backcountry route to the summit of Peak 6531. Three distinct peaks can be reached from this out and back hike.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Most peaks in Zion National Park have received nicknames over the years but few have found their way onto official maps. Peak 6531 is... more »

Tips:  Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and trailhead

Travel east on Hwy-9 toward Mt. Carmel Junction. Pass through the long 1.1 mile tunnel and then through the small tunnel. Eastbound the road will make a turn right then a long sweeping horseshoe turn to the left. Immediately on your left is a pullout for parking or a little further down the road there is parking on the wide turn directly across ... More

2. Cockeye Falls wash

Above Cockeye Falls follow the wash up canyon. There are game trails just to the east if the hike up the wash is wet. Continue to follow the wash until a dryfall appears at the end. By now "The Triplets" are directly south of your position and begin to loom overhead as the height of these peaks soon manifests itself. To the South-south-west is... More

3. Dryfall Scramble

Use the shelf system to make your way up this class 2 scramble. Avoid stepping on any wet areas as sandstone becomes extremely slick when wet. Soon you will arrive at a small plateau, follow the game trails again until you arrive at the vegetative ridge leading between the peaks.

4. Vegetative Ridge

The slickrock ridge line to the west is the preferred ridge for travel. Connecting nicely between valleys on the way to the saddle. The climb becomes steep and is soon class 3 scramble. Bushwacking is common, but game trails are plentiful and a few washes help to break a path all the way to the saddle.

5. Saddle

Once the saddle is reached, breathtaking views into Pawanaweep canyon's "The Barracks" can be seen. Views to the North show the splendor of Deer Trap Mountain and the majestic plateaus of East Zion.

6. Chossy class 4 scramble

If you've read route descriptions of Zion National Park you are probably aware of the term "chossy". Never will you see better illustrated "chossy" than looking up the expected line of travel to the summit of Peak 6531. The rock lay fractured and layered, line upon line to the summit. A short scramble carries you to the crux of this summit... More

7. Summit of Peak 6531

Continuing to work east then west up the final 50' feet to the peak, slabs break and slide easily under feet. There is plenty of "solid" footing by picking your route with care. Soon the rock turns to dirt and a small 4 stone cairn is seen at the summit. There is plenty of flat stones available, pick one and increase the pile. No summit... More