Chinle Trail: Shortcut from Chinle Trail to Upper Coalpits
Description: This is a shortcut trail that takes you from the Chinle Trail to Upper Coalpits Wash
Distance: 1.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 4,480 Feet Above Sea Level
Jurisdiction: Zion National Park
If you are already on The Chinle Trail (See above) then there is a route you can take for Upper Coalpits Wash. Once you reach Scoggins Wash on the Chinle Trail, look for the second large wash to the north (on your right.) You will follow this unnamed wash until you reach a point where it turns northeast, facing a large butte that protrudes from The Towers of the Virgin. This is the point at which you will leave the wash and continue traveling north through the desert between two hills, one hill to the west of you and the other hill to the east. Once you are passed both these small hills, turn west to follow a wash that is just north of the western hill. Follow this wash until you reach the flowing stream, which flows northward towards Cougar Mountain, Follow this stream until you reach some large boulders, over which you will have to climb or scramble and just on the other side of these boulders is Coalpits Wash.