North Guardian Angel Climb

Zion National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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North Guardian Angel Climb


  • View of North Guardian Angel from the trail.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • The approach trail crosses open forest and breezy meadows.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Phlox and other wildflowers dot the trail in spring.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Pine trees provide welcome shade in the heat of the day.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Start of the scramble.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Pick your way up the sandstone slab to get to the climbing route.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • A tree grows sideways from the steep flank of North Guardian Angel.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Standing at the top of the first steep pitch.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Cactus grows up high on North Guardian Angel's rocky top.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • There are stellar views of the surrounding canyons for the entire length of the climb.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • The upper ridge is a mixture of solid and crumbling rock.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Zion unfolds in a series of plateaus, terraces, and canyons all around you.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • South Guardian Angel rises abruptly above the Subway, a popular canyoneering route.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • Northgate Peaks as seen from the top of North Guardian Angel.- North Guardian Angel Climb
  • With a combination of downclimbing and rappelling, it's a straightforward descent from the summit.- North Guardian Angel Climb
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Overview + Weather
Unique perspective of Zion. Solitude.
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Pets allowed: 
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade II
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.20 mi (9.98 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,985.00 ft (2,129.03 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Escape the crowds by visiting this peak in the quieter corner of Zion National Park. The Kolob Terrace is a rugged section of canyon country tucked away in the northwest corner of the park. There is only one road that leads to a small scattering of trails that explore the area. Evidence of volcanic eruptions and sedimentary deposition is present throughout the area. Black, crumbly basalt flows rest on top of eroding layers of white and red sandstone.

North Guardian Angel rises like a sentinel over the Kolob Terrace. Its prominent slick rock silhouette is unmistakable. A bit more than just a hike, some equipment and experience is needed to stand atop this impressive summit.

To reach the base of the climb, take the Wildcat Canyon Trail to the Northgate Peak Trail. This dead ends on a blocky knob of lava between the Northgate Peaks. North Guardian Angel is visible straight ahead. Bushwhack down into a sandy wash and head for the base of the rock. From there, scramble up the slab to the base of the east ridge. Ropes and harnesses are helpful at this point. The first 20 feet presents the steepest climbing. Occasional pine trees make excellent belay stations. Follow the ridge, staying left to avoid vertical obstacles, all the way to the summit. Bring sufficient webbing to create belay anchors and to replace worn out rappel anchors. Chocks and cams are unnecessary.

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