Zion National Park in Utah is a popular destination in the Southwestern United states with beautiful views. It was the first national park in Utah and the best way to experience it is hiking among the high cliffs and through the narrow canyons. It is home to some very unique hikes, such as the Narrows where you walk for miles up a river with sheer canyon walls on either side of you, or hike the Angels Landing Trail with 21 switchbacks to the top for a great lookout. This geologically unique area has colorful sandstone canyons, high plateaus, and rock towers. Natural arches and exposed formations of the Colorado Plateau make up a large wilderness of diverse ecosystems.
Olrac O. on Pa'rus Trail
A day to walk the dogs... there are numbers of Bridges to cross. Amazing view of the virgin river.
Olrac O. on Angels Landing Trail
Amazing view and semi faved trail. Zion shuttle Stop number 6. Go early as what they have said for less traffic specially when you get where the chains are at.
The subway has two ways to do. Top to Bottom or the other way around. Top to bottom is a more technical way. It's not a hike anymore. It's canyoneering. You have to prepare a lot of gears. We did the bottom to top hike. We have to return at a set of deep pools and a cliff. But we got to see the mean course. The subway is just like its name. So beautiful and amazing. The trail is not obvious but you don't need to follow the trail. Following the creek is a better way. You can be creative and enjoy the wildness. It took us 4 hours to reach the end because we constantly stopped for pictures. Normally prepare 6-9 hours for the hike and take your time to see around.
A wildness permit need to be secured with Zion visitor center. We walked in right after it opens this morning and asked about the permit . Luckily there was a group cancellation, so we got our permit the same day as we hiked! Don't expect this in summer. A guy told me line began to form in front of visitor center before 6 am!
Olrac O. on Pa'rus Trail
Dog friendly trail next to the virgin river.
One of my favorite hikes I did along with several more on a Zion trip with my friend Guy. We stayed for about a week and did this hike on the 3rd day. We didn't want to do an out and back so we did this point to point. Guy asked me "How do we get back to the car?". I said "we hitch hike, someone will give us a ride". At the age of 52 he had never hitchhiked in his life. It worked out well.... The hike is incredible and actually has a beautiful little slot canyon we had no idea was there. The biggest surprise on the way was a boy scout troop doing an over night hike. One of the guys with them was in his mid seventies 5 miles out and hiking with 2 canes, not hiking sticks. He was obviously in a lot of pain but had the biggest smile on his face you've ever seen. We enjoyed talking with him. I'll post up a pic of where we crossed paths. Awesome hike if you get the chance...do it! Zion is only #2 behind the Grand Canyon for hiking in my book.
A milestone hike for me. Agree with suggestions to start early. If using the Zion shuttle, catch the first one at 7 am...once you get to the cables (and returning) you will appreciate less traffic. I have a moderate fear of heights, so my advice to myself was not to look down until I was on solid footing! I did Yosemite Half Dome years ago, but the Angel's Landing section of cables is much more dramatic and cause for caution. Majestic and awesome views await.
Beautiful hike in October. Fall leaves are awesome! Aside from the steep stairs at the beginning, a fairly easy hike. Took my 5 and 9 year-old and they did pretty good. You cross the creek a lot...water was low enough the adults stayed dry, but the kids needed help across with their short legs. I clocked the length on my GPS watch and it was 6 miles round trip. The ending isn't spectacular, but the views along the way are worth hiking it all.
Tony S. on Angels Landing Trail
One of my top 5 hikes - A must do! There was a great camaraderie amongst the hikers which made this a fun hike. Everyone had a great sense of accomplishment when they reached the top. I have a modest fear of heights, but still had to do this. It will test most people's comfort level with the drop offs - don't look down. I'd not bring walking sticks as you won't want them after Scout's Lookout. We went early in the morning to avoid crowds. That was a plus when navigating the chains sections. We felt the first section of chains was the hardest to navigate.
Tony S. on Zion Narrows Trail to Upsilon Templ...
My wife, son and I hiked to the end of Wall Street. On the way back we went about 30 minutes into Orderville Canyon. There were many people on the trail, but not the terrible crowds I was warned about. I think mid week is better to avoid crowds. Friday looked like it was packed with people. Orderville Canyon was fun. A bit more challenging as there were obstacles to traverse, but my son really enjoyed that part. The entire hike took us about 6 hours at a moderate pace. The water temp was low 50s and we rented pants in addition to socks and shoes. I think it made our time more enjoyable. We were never hot.
Very unique hike. We rented canyoneering shoes and walking sticks which I highly recommend if you're going beyond the trail into the river. After about a mile on a paved trail you continue to the river for up to another 3-4 miles. You'll pretty much always be in the water which can be up to waist deep. The hike is totally flat but takes a lot of energy because you have to constantly pay attention to where you're stepping in the water. 1000 foot walls on either side... haven't done anything like that before. Only downside is that it's a very busy hike, lots of people.
In a lot of ways this was almost the equal of Angel's Landing but less difficult. Good alternative if you want some difficult passes (narrow trails in a rock face with chains for stability) and some (almost) equally great views. At the top you can continue past the end of the official trail into a narrow canyon. Requires some scrambling but definitely worth it. Wear layers on this one, it's hot on the way up but much cooler in the shady canyon.
Amazing. More mentally than physically taxing (if you have any discomfort with hikes) but definitely a strenuous hike. Tons of people on the trail, go as early as you can. Avoid wearing lots of weight or a big backpack if you can, there are sections on the ascent where that can make you feel less stable.
We just did this hike last Saturday. Started at Lava Point and hiked to the Grotto Trail head with Tom Saxon, Karl Rosette and myself. According to the map and trail markings the hike is a little over 13 miles. It took us a little over 6.5 hours to complete we only stopped a couple times. Expect full sun exposure during the majority of this hike. I took 200 ounces of water and used almost all of it. The trail is well marked super easy to follow. I would rate this hike slightly above moderate in difficulty. There are a couple steep climbs but nothing crazy if you take your time. We only seen a couple other hikers until we got near Boy Scout overlook at Angels Landing. It got really crowded at Angels landing. The views are incredible 100% worth the pain.