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Elevation: 7,276'
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Mt. Kinesava is the large mountain south of West Temple, it forms the western skyline of Springdale and presents the long Cowboy Ridge looking north from Rockville running down and left above the Springdale band.

You can bet you will be the only one up on this awe inspiring mountain. Expect a bunch of sun and steep, great loose rock with excellent route finding opportunities both up and down.

There is a beautiful prickly pear meadow between the south sub-peak and the highest point. The hike from the meadow up to the top is easy 3rd class, but loose and should take less than 15-20 minutes. Great views of West Temple's west face and south ridge.

The main attractions are the long, moderate Cowboy Ridge that ascends the south ridge and the steep southwest and northwest faces which are home to long, hard, free and aid climbs.

Please try to minimize disturbing the pristine nature of this mountain. Avoid making cairns, is your path better than the way others have gone? Following ridges or the arroyo bottoms often have the best developed trails on the approaches and minimize climber's impacts.

Please carry out your toilet paper!

Getting There 

Drive the highway west from Springdale to Rockville. Just east of Rockville, turn right, (north) into the Anasazi Place Subdivision on Anasazi Way. This is paved and 9 mph speed limit. A short way up is a sign pointing to hiker parking at the bottom of a steep right turn. Park here and find the trail head "Chick Trail" leading northwest through the houses.

Pass several over-sized houses that seem out of place in the wilderness to eventually reach the Chinle Trail head. This trail head is well marked. Be respectful and quiet taking the time to stay on the trail.

From here, the 3rd class southeast face, the easiest route to the summit and the route of descent should take about 4 hours to the meadow on the top. Using the same route as a descent will take about 3 hours, maybe longer if you came up a different way.

Bring a bunch of water.

Climbing Season

For the Zion National Park area.

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Kinesava

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Kinesava:
Cowboy Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 10 pitches, 1200'   
Tatooine   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 15 pitches, 1420'   
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Cowboy Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  UT : Zion National Park : Mt. Kinesava
Cowboy Ridge is a long day, hiking, scrambling and climbing through some amazing terrain to a fantastic summit. Mostly easy roped scrambling. Great exposure and plenty of loose rock to help stay focused all day long.ApproachFrom where you leave the Anasazi Plateau Subdivision and start on the Chinle Trail (marked), hike northwest on the Chinle Trail about 200-300 hundred yards and then turn north up an obvious wash. There should be flat desert to the left (west) and a low hill to the right (e...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Klimbien
From: St.George Orem Littleton Vegas
Nov 2, 2013
Just reiterating the "Getting there" info - these directions should be followed - Do not approach any routes near our around Cowboy ridge, Mt. Kinesava,or West Temple from the the neighborhoods below, especially Serendipity Drive and Valley View Drive, there is major access issues. ALL ACCESS IS TO BE DONE FROM CHICK TRAIL OFF OF ANASAZI WAY:

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