Most people driving up and down I-15 don't even notice, between the gap in the mountains, the towering monoliths known as the Five Fingers section of Kolob in Zion National Park. For me this section of the park is a nice reprieve when I'm looking for a short afternoon hike. Only minutes from my home, I can be at the trailhead in under an hour.
Make no mistake, this section of the park is massive and rugged. To venture off the trail here is to test backcountry skill to its limit. Thankfully, today I was simply looking for an excuse to continue to build my hiking legs and ankles with a short trail hike.
This short 1.0 mile roundtrip hike, leaves the parking lot and follows the high plateau to an overlook. "At trail's end the view opens onto a vast panorama. From the overlook you can see south to the Kaibab Plateau at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon". With a gain of only 100 feet in elevation from start to finish, this is an easy trail with stunning views.
Passing directly over Timber Creek Knoll to the lookout, peakbaggers get an easy check mark.