Kinesava (7285') in Zion
pics by Harlan W.S.April 01, 2011
We started at the new "legal" trailhead at the Anasazi Plateau Subdivision road (Chinle trailhead).
This starting point adds some mileage and elevation gain,
compared to the old start in Springdale (which is now forbidden due to
private property issues). With all the little ups and downs, the day
will give about 7.7 miles for the RT, and 3650' accumulated elevation
gain. The route to the very base of the cliffs is now class 1-2, with
some obnoxious steep, sandy and loose sections. Early parts of the
route are through scratchy blackbrush desert.
this was really class 3, no worse than what we'd call class 3 in Red
Rock Nevada. I would still call it "Zion Class 4"-- the rock is
brittle, covered with sand, the holds are beveled, and there are
some very exposed sections.. Thus there are places where you must
use bigger moves, to avoid holds that may snap off or be covered
with sand. The top of the ramp, from 6600 to 6800', is often very sandy
and rockfall is a serious issue; I would recommend no more than 4
people on this route at one time, and they should either spread way
out, or keep very close. You can loosen a rock merely by stepping near
it; the sand beneath the rock shifts and sends the rock tumbling.
When you cross the final plateau on top, to the last summit dome, try to stay to the R (N) side for easier climbing.