Horse Ranch Mountain, The Highest Mountain in Zion National Park

When: October 2007
Partners: Mike Cressman

CP climbing to the top of an unnamed point below Horse Ranch Mountain

Mike Cressman and I wandered up Horse Ranch Mountain. Leaving from the Taylor Creek trailhead, the endeavor can be convoluted and brushy. Approaching the west/northwest base of the mountain, we got tired of the brush and just started heading directly up. A bit of class 4-5 scrambling got us through some difficulties. The slog continued for awhile up to a bench of sorts below an aesthetic crag on the northwest ridge. From there, an occasional bit of trail was followed up to the gray cliffs near the top. A rightward traverse, followed by a scree chute, put us on the brushy summit hill. A brutal bushwack took us to the summit. The views were stellar.

About 10 sign-ins since 2004. All but perhaps 2 (me and the first party) were park-related folks (UCC, a ranger, an archeologist). I wonder how many actually come up the hard way?


*Photo courtesy of Mike Cressman