To access the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead, head toward the town of Virgin and take the Kolob Terrace Road for about 16 miles until you reach the trailhead where you can park. Another 3 miles more and you’ll reach the Lava Point Trailhead.
The starting point for many of Zion’s highlights, including the Northgate Peaks Trail, the Left Fork of North Creek (the Subway) and Right Fork. Don’t expect a stunning “I’ve arrived” moment, as there is is specific destination, but there is plenty of beautiful scenery including views of the Great West Canyon, beautiful meadows, as well as the White Cliffs. The Wildcat Canyon Trail is also part of the 47-mile Trans Zion Trek. Giving a different perspective of Zion National Park, this is a nice hike away from the crowds, and relatively easy, even for families, just be aware of the length.
You’ll start at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead and pass through junctions with the Connector Trail and the Northgate Peaks Trail as you walk through tall ponderosa pines and pass by slickrock domes. From there, you’ll gain some elevation headed out of Russell Gulch where you’ll have beautiful vistas and open meadows before you reach the western rim of Wildcat Canyon. Keep going and you’ll see Lava Point in the distance before you connect with the West Rim Trail, where you can keep going or head back the way you came.