Re: Coalpits "campground"
- Mosquito Cove was closed down a year or two ago and that resulted in the sudden rise in use of the Coalpits Wash trailhead. Everybody stays just outside the park boundary to avoid needing a Zion permit, but I know it's going to get shut down in the near future; it can get a little crazy and I'm sure the garbage and feces problem will only get worse.
There's some other squatters campground up the Kolob Terrace Road as well, but I don't know much about it.
Hope you had a good hike though! Once you get a mile or so up the stream, the crowds disappear.
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "mojave_ben" <mojave_ben@...> wrote:
> Was amazed to pull up to the Coalpits trailhead yesterday morning to find it nearly full of cars! "We're going to have a lot of company on the trail I'd say". Not. These folks were almost all camping there (we saw a few parties on the trail who started quite a bit later than we did). I thought the free camp crash pad was on the other side of the river somewhere in the area but this was quite an impressive crowd. Sanitation non-existent of course and I hate to think what's buried around there...
> The in-park campgrounds were full for the weekend, so I don't know how many of these folks were using this spot to avoid paying or as unofficial "overflow" camping when they could not get into the park campgrounds.
- Ah that explains it then. I didn't get out there last year due to surgery so this was the first I'd noticed. And yes, they are all in a little area just outside the very obvious park boundary. It was fairly clean - not a lot of trash.
The trail was nice especially once it rejoined the wash and going up the Coalpits fork. A lot of flowers. It was warm that day so we did not go too far up but did play around in some nice pools.
I had wanted to go in there on last Tuesday but it was raining, rather hard for a little while, as we parked at the trail head, and reading your comments decided it was not a good place to go in the rain. After walking it on Sunday, yup, that was definitely good advice!
And we saw almost no one on the trail, despite the crowd at the trailhead.
The spot(s) up on the Kolob seem nicer. It is a much less noisy road of course, and the spots are a bit further off it anyway.