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This trail leads nearly seven miles from Kolob Terrace Road to La Verkin Creek. It follows the scenic Hop Valley drainage through deep sand and a steep-walled canyon.

The Hop Valley Trail leads northwestward from Kolob Terrace Road. The trail is nearly seven miles one-way. It ends at the La Verkin Creek Trail one half mile east of Kolob Arch Trail. There are three primitive campsites along this route. They lie at the northern end of the trail within three miles of La Verkin Creek. This trail can be combined with La Verkin Creek Trail, Connector Trail, Wildcat Canyon Trail and the West Rim Trail to create a long backpacking trek (that requires a shuttle) through the western portion of Zion National Park.

Begin this hike from Kolob Terrace Road approximately 14.5 miles north of Virgin. The trailhead lies at 6,350 feet between two prominent knolls: Firepit Knoll and Spendlove Knoll. The track leads northward and descends immediately into a small drainage. The trail crosses the drainage and passes Firepit Knoll with views of its western slopes.

The trail passes through a level area between Red Butte to the west and Firepit Knoll to the east. Almost two miles from the trailhead the track reaches the headwaters of Hop Valley. It crosses a small drainage then leads between two small creeks with steep canyon walls visible on either side of the trail.

Nearly one mile from crossing into the headwaters of Hop Valley the trail meets the primary drainage and begins to follow it. The creek cuts through a steep wall to the east. The steep canyon wall gives way to gentle slopes that form the mouth of a small tributary. Once the trail reaches this tributary it enters a very sandy portion of the wash. The route descends slowly over the next few miles as it leads through deep sand.

The canyon walls on the eastern side of the drainage steepen after this tributary. A half mile down stream another small canyon empties into Hop Valley. Immediately across Hop Valley from this tributary is a steep rock wall that marks the mouth of a canyon. This waterway drains into Hop Valley from the ridges south of Burnt Mountain.

Continuing down valley the western walls of the canyon become very steep extending 500 feet high. The trail continues to lead through sand and soon reaches the mouth of Langston Canyon. This tributary to Hop Valley enters the waterway from the east, flowing from Langston Mountain. Downstream from Langston Canyon the trail turns westward then eastward following the flow of Hop Valley.

Less than a half mile downstream from Langston Canyon is the first of three campsites. This is campsite C and it can accommodate up to seven people. In the next mile are two more campsites, both on the eastern side of the trail. Campsite B can accommodate seven people and Campsite A can accommodate up to twelve people. Each of these sites lies across the drainage from a tall, red sandstone wall.

Shortly after passing Campsite A the trail leaves the Hop Valley drainage ascending the western side of the waterway. The track climbs approximately 170 feet to a bench above the drainage. In a half mile the track begins to descend from the bench. Switchbacks ease the grade of this descent of 450 feet to La Verkin Creek. Primitive campsites are available along La Verkin Creek if the three sites in Hop Valley are filled. It is less than one half mile westward from the northern terminus of Hop Valley Trail to the beginning of Kolob Arch Trail.

Directions: From Virgin, Drive northward on Kolob Terrace Road, toward Kolob Reservoir, approximately 14.5 miles. Look for a trailhead on the right side of the road immediately north of Spendlove Knoll.

Elevation: 6,230 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,300 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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