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Timber Creek Overlook Trail – Kolob Canyons Zion National Park
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Overview
Location

Kolob Canyons - Zion National Park Utah

Sights

Kolob Canyons, Timber Creek

Distance

About 1 mile round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

6178 ft

Summit Elevation

6326 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

148 ft

Time Required

Less than one hour

Pets

Not allowed

Fees

There are entrance fees to get into Zion National Park

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Trail Condition

Good dirt trail

Restrooms

Yes. Pit style. Located at parking lot

Visitor Center

Yes. At entrance to Kolob Canyons

Camping

By permit only in designated areas.

Food

Bring some snacks

Equipment

Hiking shoes, sunglasses.

GPS Coordinates:

Timber Creek Overlook: 37.42808, -113.20397

Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

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The hike to the Timber Creek Overlook is 1/2 mile making this entire hike only 1 mile roundtrip.  It was really easy and didn’t gain too much in elevation while it goes in a south direction for the entire hike.

The trail begins at a large parking lot where are there plenty of parking slots for your RV, car or truck.  There are also pit style toilets and a few picnic tables here too.

Even just from the parking lot you already have great views of the giant sandstone mountains on the other side of the canyon.

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The trail winds around juniper and scrub oak trees as you make your way to the overlook.

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The views this hike offers are worth the short trek.

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Along the way we found this tarantula spider in the middle of our path.   We stopped to take a few pictures.

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Keep going and you will come to the overlook which isn’t too much farther.Timber Creek Overlook Trail Timber Creek Overlook Trail Timber Creek Overlook Trail Timber Creek Overlook Trail Timber Creek Overlook Trail

The overlook looks over Timber Creek and the entire valley below you.  If you look closely near the valley floor you can see the trail which leads to Kolob Arch which is one of the longest arches in the world.

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The Return:

Head back the same way you came.

Personal Thoughts:

While driving home one Sunday afternoon, we took a detour to Kolob Canyons.  Since this was my first time to visit Kolob Canyons I wanted to at least do one short hike to get a better feel for the area.  The Timber Creek Overlook Trail was a great short trail that would be great for people of all ages and you could do it in less than an hour.

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Beautiful desert!!