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A nice secluded peak in the seldom visited western part of Zion's backcountry. At the top of this climb you will get a peak of some amazing views, including the backside of the beautiful West Temple. You don't need to obtain a pass for Zion National Park for this route, because you don't go into the main park entrance for this peak. Spring and Fall are the best times to climb this peak. Summer can get pretty hot, and Winter, with the road closure would make this a pretty long approach
On State Highway 9, about 10 miles west of Zion's west entrance, take the Kolob Terrace/Reservoir Road north for about 15 miles to the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead. Park at the parking lot(no parking fees) and take the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead for about 1 1/2 miles, then go south on the Northgate Peaks Trail. That trail will end at a low saddle between the Northgate Peaks in about another mile. North Guardian Angel is just south of the saddle between two peaks. Descend to the base of the mountain, any decent topo will do.
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East Ridge 4th 1 2 I M 1b UT : Zion National Park : North Guardian Angel
From the base of North Guardian Angel, take the obvious 3rd class crack strait up to the saddle about 70 feet up. From there follow 4 pitches of 4th class climbing up the ridge to the top. Be careful where you sit, the belay spots are covered with ants that want this climb to their own, and they'll let you know that. Some of the sandstone can be slick with a think layer of dirt on this climb. ...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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