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Loved the hike, easy, with great views. It was a bit difficult at times to see the cairns but we were able to get back on the trail. Icy and snowy at parts but we were fine with our hiking boots (no trek poles or shoe grips).

Awesome short hike in Zion. View of Zion Canyon was nice. Took less than 30 minutes to reach the overlook. Not ADA accessible though. Limited parking. There are overflow parking down the road. You can also park alongside the Hwy that permits.

Arriving just as the sun appears in the east is a perfect time for morning hike, trail traffic is extremely light and the temperatures are in the comfortable 50s.
One of the first trail treats is Thor’s hammer. Thor’s Hammer may be one of the most photographed features of Bryce Canyon as it’s located a short distance from the beginning of the Navajo Loop trailhead at Sunset Point.After hiking past Thor’s Hammer, a series of switchbacks descend down about 650 ft. to the amphitheater floor as the Ponderosa Pines welcome you. Next the trail gently traverses across the heavily forested amphitheater floor, and in the distance you can hear the neighing and snorting of horses as their riders guide them along the equestrian trail. No other sounds seem to be present for the next mile... just the soft music of my shoes caressing the trial and the alluring swish of the ice in my canteen. Further on the beautiful rolling terrain becomes dotted with the Colorado Pinyon. This hearty shrub is more suited to the drier elevations and its wide root system keeps each one a good distance from its neighbor.
This has been quite an intoxicating experience!

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Beautiful trail! We rented snowshoes and the terrain was perfect for them. Yaktrax were fine, but would’ve been more work over all. The trail was easy to follow and ascends a fair amount but the grade was never too bad. Also, the falls were frozen, but we could see and hear water under the ice. I’d love to come back in other seasons and do more!

hiking
2 days ago

Wonderful 360 view at the top. Would be a great place to star gaze and watch the sunset.

Took about an hour to get to the top. 50 min to get back.

A great opportunity to experience grand views along this rim hike loop. Of course, the highlight is the gooseneck bend in the Colorado River!

hiking
2 days ago

A series of switchbacks will guide you up to stunning panoramic views of the area! Expect to see many mule deer too.

Caught sunrise at Bryce Pt and then drove over to sunset point since the visitor’s center told me to take Navajo to Peekaboo at this time. I’ve done the Navajo/Queens Garden loop before and its so stunning it doesn’t get old. I wore my creepers because of the initial descent but not sure if needed after that since traction on the snow on Fairyland the day before wasn’t an issue. Like every hike I’ve done in Bryce every moment is breathtaking. Highly recommended

Not an experienced hiker and this trail was a perfect challenge. Took us around an hour and 50mins to complete. We went Dec 12th and there was a little mud in higher elevation, a little slippery. Loop is shorter than we thought, you can skip this and still see watchman point overlook.

Now I know why this trail is so popular. Did this trail on 10/25. Beautiful day. Some icy patches, but did not need spikes. I want to go back and see this place again in winter, spring, and summer.

Great walk. Easy.
Grab a park map on the way in.
The trail is pretty well marked but even if you go off it, you can explore and its easy to find your way back.
The ruins on the top of the mesa are not too easy to make out but still a nice walk and great views.
The second half of the hike, on the side of the mountain is the most interesting. There are dwellings and a lot of petroglyphs. The trail is worn in the rock and at times it is almost 1.5 feet deep.
Very much worth while.

Super fun trail. Took the route of starting at the Primitive trail and ending with Devils Garden Main trail. Personally I found this to be nice because I went up the steep rock on primitive and not down it, which I was told many people turn around at that point. I will say though if going in the winter and planning on taking the same route, have ice spikes or chains. The Main Trail was icy around 2pm. The whole loop took me 4 hours and that includes stopping for lunch at Dark Angel and getting lost for about a half mile while looking for the Main Trail. Good hike all in all.

snowshoeing
7 days ago

Beautiful
Doable in regular hiking boots
Went on a Sunday at 11am and was moderately traveled
Lots of available parking

hiking
8 days ago

Perfect hike for after you've done Angel's Landing in the morning. Easy out and back trail with beautiful up canyon views. Do yourself a favor and take the dry creek bed "shortcut" on your way back to the Visitor's Center.

Fabulous! Parking spaces open when we arrived at 9 am. Spikes until the last mile and then it got deep and tricky. Super windy at the lake but lovely. Snow shoes necessary to get to the lake. Took us 3.5 hours to finish! Awesome day!

hiking
9 days ago

I always love this hike! Today was probably the most windy day I've had there thus far, at the lakes, but still beautiful! I started out around 9:40am, plenty of parking in the lot. I used my crimp-ons until just after nymph lake, then switched over to the snowshoes. There were quite a few people making it to Emerald lake with just the crimp-ons. That said there was a lot of post holing as well! I would recommend having your snowshoes with you. And to Arizona ( just moved here from AZ) have fun playing this winter! and maybe I'll see you snowshoeing next time;)!

Beautiful winter trail! Did this trail today and the snow was perfect. Snowshoes were definitely helpful, but can easily be done using only spikes. This took us around 4 hours round trip with plenty of photo stops and a little break up top. A good moderate hike

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing. Any photo can prove his magnificense.

Great hike. Wore spikes to nymph lake then switched to snowshoes for rest of way. Trail was fairly well packed but a step off the trail and you quickly realize how deep the snow is. Got to dream lake and some hikers were ice skating. Walked across frozen lake and pressed to emerald.. some elevations getting to dream and emerald but nothing too long. Wind was down which made for a nice walk in the woods.

hiking
9 days ago

Mild hike with exquisite views - quick 2 hours to complete full trail with stops.

excellent trail. nice quick easy hike

hiking
12 days ago

Just up there today, winds out of the west with gusts that had to be 60 mph. Hike out past nymph lake was calm, but approaching dream lake winds really picked up.. high drifting past dream lake, without snow shoes you can’t get beyond the last hundred yards or so to emerald lake. Still a beautiful and awesome hike despite the winds. Only got up to 9F, gear held up nicely

Beautiful hike for all skill levels.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike is awesome - very easy to follow and very little elevation gain with amazing views. However it was really crowded just before sunset on a cold December day, so I bet it’s crazy on a nice summer day. The views are amazing though!

hiking
13 days ago

Pretty trail with decent elevation gain. I went on a rainy, misty day, so I didn’t quite get the views. But it was still a nice hike. Easy to follow and a good workout for a shorter hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful wintry hike through the hoodoos - done in combination with Queens Garden Trail and Navajo Loop Trail. The trail is really easy to follow. We ended up going counter-clockwise, which seemed to have slightly less of the intense switchbacks uphill. But there is still a lot of up and down - so it’s tough to tell. Either way, it’s a gorgeous hike and really fun.

Beautiful wintry hike through the hoodoos. The views at the start are phenomenal, and as you hike down into the valley, they get even more unique and interesting. The trail is really easy to follow. Wall Street was open for us and was a fun, although very short and super steep, slot canyon. We added on Peekaboo Loop - fantastic!

on Delicate Arch Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Once you have the pamphlet the trail is very easy to find. Recommend doing this hike for sunset, it was beautiful and not a very large crowd. Will need some flashlights for the route back as it can be easy to lose the trail.

Thought this was a moderate hike even with the weather we experienced. Went at the end of Nov. The top of the trail was snow covered while around Ooh Aah point, it was extremely muddy. Lots of opportunities to slip and fall. The weather conditions as we hiked would change from snow showers or windy or sunny and hot within minutes. Overall great hike, can't beat the views! Wish we had the time to go further to Skelton Point.

snowshoeing
15 days ago

Nice show shoe, plenty of snow now.

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