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Englestead (Zions National Park) - Hiking Trail Directions and Notes (Posted By: DerekHolmes)

Avg Rating: Not Available
Avg Time: 11 Hours 32 Minutes
Total Distance: 3.7 miles
Terrain: Insane
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Info: Englestead Hollow

This narrow slot canyon has one of the longest rappels found in Zion National Park recreational canyons. Although technically this canyon is just outside the park boundary the exit through Orderville Canyon and the Zion Narrows are inside the park. For a quick trip, exit in East Zion near the entrance for the canyon, rather than the traditional way to the Temple of Sinawava via Orderville Canyon and the Zion Narrows. Englestead Hollow is one of the few slot canyons in the Zion area that has a single 270' rappel or a multi-stage rappel. This canyon is worth the effort to carry a little extra rope.

Englestead Trailhead

The trailhead is a bit of a task to locate but we think our driving directions will make it easy. A high clearance vehicle or 4wd vehicle is a must. From the east gate of Zion National Park drive 2.4 miles and turn at the junction of the North Fork Road and SR-9. Drive 5.2 miles up the road to the Ponderosa Ranch. Turn left at the Ponderosa Ranch under the black arch (sign). Travel .7 miles then turn right at the intersection on the Twin Knolls Road. At 1.45 turn right at the intersection. Follow the well traveled dirt road which will eventually become a high clearance or 4WD road at approximately 2.4 miles. The Observation Point sign is at 2.6 miles. Stay right as the road begins to descend a rocky hill then levels out. At 2.85 miles there is a "Y" intersection. Turn right at the "Y" intersection. At 3.1 miles turn right off the main road onto the road that veers sharply to the right. Drive down the windy wooded road until coming to a dead end turn-a-round at 3.5 miles. This is the parking area at the Englestead Trailhead.

6 Waypoints

1: Parking
N 37º 18.0600   W 112º 53.5320
Distance from Home: 941.6 miles

Notes: Englestead Trailhead - Begin the hike by walking north from the parking area and dropping down the slope to the established "4WD tracks". Follow the tracks for about .25 miles until the terrain levels out. At the level area turn to the left, out of the tracks into the forest, heading north. The terrain becomes steeper as the beaten path continues north. Find the easiest path, but don't veer too far to the east, since there is a ledge system to overcome and by staying a little farther to the west, weaknesses will be found that lead to the Englestead canyon floor. Once in the Englestead wash, turn left and follow the open canyon until it abruptly drops out, into a slickrock gorge. You shouldn't have to walk more than .35 miles once in the wash to arrive at the chasm.

2: First Rappel
N 37º 18.3010   W 112º 53.5134
Distance: 0.3 miles

Notes: This is by far one of the coolest rappels I've done. Is not for beginners.

The first long rappel, or multi-stage rappel, is done using a sling wrapped at the base of a large pine tree on the left side, looking down canyon. Multi-stage can be accomplished by rappelling 80' down the wall to a 2 bolt anchor, then proceeding from the 2 bolt anchor another 160' to a large bowl in the wash below, then another 40' from the bolt station in the bowl to the canyon floor. This rappel is quite spectacular, but intimidating, so be confident with your skills whether being done as a multi-stage or as a long single rappel.

3: Slot Canyons
N 37º 18.7252   W 112º 53.8232
Distance: 0.6 miles

4: Orderville Canyon
N 37º 18.8747   W 112º 54.3562
Distance: 0.5 miles

Notes: Trail meets up with the orderville canyon trail and continues down the narrows.

5: Meet Narrows Main River
N 37º 18.4712   W 112º 56.8152
Distance: 2.3 miles

Notes: We started this hike way too late. Ended up here at dark.

6: Riverside Walk
N 37º 17.6191   W 112º 56.9105
Distance: 1.0 miles

Notes: Meet the paved walking trail down to the buses.