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The Connector Trail connects Hop Valley Trail to Wildcat Canyon Trail. It extends four miles through ancient lava fields and forested terrain providing excellent views of the Lee and Pine Valleys.

This trail connects Hop Valley Trail to Wildcat Canyon Trail. It leads four miles one way through the Lava Fields south of Kolob Terrace Road. The beginning of this track leads through exposed and rocky terrain then enters a mixed forest as it climbs into Pine Valley. There is no camping permitted along this route, but permits are needed if camping in Wildcat Canyon or Hop Valley. Due to the high elevation of this area it is often snow-covered in early spring and winter. Summer and fall are the best seasons in which to use this trail.

This description of the Connector Trail begins from Kolob Terrace Road at the trailhead immediately north of Spendlove Knoll. The elevation of this trailhead is 6,230 feet and the track ascends slowly eastward through exposed terrain from this point. Within the first mile the trail reaches 6,500 feet then begins to descend to Pine Spring. The trail enters the forest above Pine Spring.

After crossing this small drainage that flows southward to Left Fork North Creek, the trail ascends slowly out of the drainage. It rounds the a portion of a ridge extending from Pine Valley Peak then ascends the ridge. This is the steepest portion of the trail as it gains 250 feet in a quarter mile. Once on the ridge the trail levels for nearly a mile. It passes the northeastern slopes of Pine Valley Peak, elevation 7,428 feet, before descending into Pine Valley. The trail crosses Little Creek three times as it winds through the valley shortly before reaching Wildcat Canyon trail. The elevation of this junction is 6,930 feet. To reach Northgate Peaks Trail turn right at this junction. To reach the parking area for Wildcat Canyon Trail on Kolob Terrace Road turn left at this junction.

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: 6,930 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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Zion National Park, Utah

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