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Stunning views from all sides when you get to the arch. I have a bum knee and was still completely fine on this hike. Took us a little less than two hours round trip with a 30-40 min stop at the arch.

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fun scramble. excellent views from the saddle of the mountain. progressively more difficult.

Planned to hike Hidden Canyon but on the shuttle bus I learned that it had been closed that morning due to flash flood damage. I was a little short on time but decided to try to get to Observation Point with enough time to get back down and get back to the house by lunch. I’m so glad I did. What an amazing hike. Starts out steep up some switchbacks and then enters a slot canyon. Then there are more switchbacks and the trail wraps around the cliffs. There are a few more switchbacks and then the trail pretty much straightens our until the end. The views up top are stunning.

Spoke to a Zion ranger on July 20th, 2018 that informed me that this trail will be closed indefinitely. When asked about her opinion on when it could reopen, she said “a year”. Just wanted to pass the info along.

This trail is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Great views of the canyon and absolutely exhilarating with the large drop offs and hairpin switchbacks.

I did this hike on 7/20 and as of today, 7/21, I was informed by a ranger that the trail is CLOSED due to a rock fall.

Very fun hike my 8 yr old enjoyed every bit of it the drive is a 6 mile dirt road not a bad drive though fun slot canyon the slot canyon is relative short but fun ....

so worth it!

Great little hike! We were lucky to hit it on a drizzly day, crowds were leaving, didn't have to wait on ladders going down, only on first ladder coming up - waited 10+minutes for group with small children who were crying and paralyzed with fear trying to descend first ladder. Beautiful slot canyon, would have continued further if thunder and rain hadn't threatened us.

Trail is moderate, gets narrow near the end, towards the cabin. I would not take a stock vehicle. Driving in to the hiking trail will save a lot of time but requires clearance. Pack extra water for the hike. It's a must see.

Hiked July 10th. We went early to get ahead of the heat (lesson learned in Zion). This was our "recovery hike" as it wasn't too strenuous nor too long. We only hiked to the top of the arch and skipped any rappels. Like many reviews, I think the "easy" rating might be a bit misleading. Great views from the top and worth the couple hours invested.

Hiked July 9th. Yep, the sand was a butt-kicker, and the 102F heat didn't help matters with very little shade on the trail. That said, highly recommended trail. It turned out to be 6 miles round trip. Payoff at the end is so worth it. Plenty of space at the falls to lay on a towel. The pool at the falls started to shade around 1pm, and by 2:30 was fully shaded.

Hiked on July 7th. We started in the heat of the day, which is not recommended for obvious reasons. Took 3 liters of water each, and two of us ran out about 1/2 way down. The trek to the very top can be a butt-kicker of a hike if you're not at least in decent shape. My 19 y.o., who hasn't done any such activities in quite a while, gave everything he had to make it to the top. Do NOT do this! If it takes everything you have to get to the top, then the way down will be very painful, scary, and slow. As for the crowds... we knew to expect it from previous reviews, and I actually enjoyed the camaraderie of the fellow hikers as we figured out how/where to let one another pass. If you're in Zion, I think this is a must. Just start early, and hydrate as much as you can prior to (there is a toilet about 2/3 the way up, so you'll be okay to flood yourself prior).

Spectacular hike. Well worth it and totally doable. We were a group of moderately in shape adults and one 11-year old, and while it was definitely a challenge it was totally doable. Hike EARLY or LATE to avoid the sun, because it is brutal. We didn't use the mules or the helicopter and 100% recommend doing it this way! You feel so much more accomplished when you finish, and it's totally worth it.

We started the hike down at 5:00am and were to the campground at about 10:00am. The campground is great and there is plenty of shade and great places to hang hammocks (we were worried about this before, but we didn't have trouble finding trees to strap to). The spring water at the bottom is clean and doesn't require a filter, which is awesome!

We carried 4 L of water each down and up. On the way down we had plenty of water to spare, but on the way up we were cutting it close. We left about 4:20pm and hiked up waterfall to waterfall, making the distances in the sun short before getting to the next waterfall to spend a few last minutes in and immerse ourselves before continuing. We arrived at the village at about 7:00pm, where we filled our water one last time and began the final ascent, arriving to the parking lot a little before midnight. Make sure you have plenty of water and a good snack waiting for you in the car. Hiking in the dark wasn't bad and it made the weather perfect for the hardest parts of the hike! The trail is pretty easy to follow, as long as you are paying attention. Also the stars were spectacular, seriously maybe the best I've ever seen, so that's an added bonus to hiking at night.

We didn't see any snakes and only one scorpion on the way up, which I was relieved about. The squirrels are a real issue, just make sure you don't leave stuff out and you should be fine.

THIS HIKE IS WORTH EVERY MOMENT. I have never seen water that color before and it was just spectacular all around. YOU CAN DO IT.

Must do!!

A nice hike that doesn't take very long and offers some nice views of both the Joshua Trees and a lake/dam. The dam mostly dries up in summer but the area still remains greener than anywhere else in the park that I've seen and is certainly worth the hour or so that this hike takes.

If you aren't used to scrambling or heights, this hike will have an added fear factor. When I would go hiking at home, we would usually separate from the trail and free climb around the rocks, so I scarcely needed the chains provided past Scout's Lookout. However, the scariest part was trying to navigate around so many other people going the opposite direction on such a narrow trail. The views are great and it's a pretty good workout when you can keep your own pace.

The Riverside is an easy trail. At the end of the Riverside trail, one can begin to hike the narrows by simply following the river. We hiked the river about 2.5 miles passed the fork where we first chose to go right (Orderville Canyon) where the water is warmer, then tracked back to the fork and briefly peeked at what the left fork offered before heading back to the Riverside trail. Fantastic hike, and my 5 y/o thoroughly enjoyed the entire 5+ miles of hiking in the river.

The first time we attempted to hike the narrows, our hike was cut short due to rain (hazardous due to possible flash flood). So we returned 6 years later to continue what we had started. So worth it, and we can't wait to do it again!

Didn't rent shoes, but we did bring walking sticks, which are really, really helpful. We hiked in July and the water is cool, but not too cold. I had no issues hiking in my Keen sandals until we enter Orderville Canyon, where tiny pebbles got stuck in my sandals a few times.

Went with my wife to see the grand canyon. decided to hike it. Left at 1030 am with one water bottle apiece. Got to phantom ranch around 130. Had some lemonade. Put our feet in the Colorado. Got back to the top around 5. Heat wasnt too bad. There was still snow on the ground. Ate tons of cheese balls and oreos on the way home.

Fun outing with the kids. Didn’t enter the narrows due to flood probability. Would love to come back with better conditions and let the kids play in the river.

Due to flood damage we were only able to hike the lower emerald pool. Not a bad hike but nothing overly special either. I’m sure it would have been a much better hike if we had access to the middle and upper pools.

Beautiful! Amazing trail!

Beautiful and full of unexpected sights. Well worth the climb to the overlook.

It is a nice hike it keeps you working until the end as it is steep all the way up. You can view the entire valley from the top. Be prepared for crowds and minimal parking spots.

Best hike ever amazing views very hard work back to the rim

This was a really fun hike through water and slot canyons. There is parking at the bottom, and bathrooms at the parking and the beginning of the trailhead.
As of May 1st, 2018 they require permits to hike. You can get them online or just pay when you get there, they accept debit and credit on site. It's $8 per person 3 years old and up, plus a processing fee. There was a sign that said, "second ladder is loose, hike at your own risk". Also had a sign that said not to yell at them (which I didn't understand until I saw the ladder and read reviews about injured people).
I hate having to pay, but it was a really amazing hike. There were some trails toward the beginning that seemed to go everywhere. It was poorly labeled, just stay close to the water and you should be fine. I followed two different trails and they were both fine.
You will get wet if you go into the slot canyons and it was as deep as my stomach (I'm 5'3"). The first ladder was easy over the falls, about 1.6 miles in. The second ladder was not as easy. It was broken, missing steps, turns when you step on it, and the rope isn't tied down only at the top and it's worn out, not to mention it's slippery and wet. You would do a lot better bringing your own gear (there was a hook on the other side). But personally, I feel like if I'm paying to get in, I wish they would at least fix this. My 12 year old was able to get up and down with 2 adults helping, but it was too dangerous for me to send up my 7 year old (especially when groups of grown adults were turning around because it was too dangerous- really hard to get down), so we ended up turning around here. Disappointing..
I saw some people with dogs, I would suggest NOT bringing any pets or small children. My 7 year old was able to do it, but he's really athletic and we still had to pull him up onto rocks and help him through the deep waters. It was freezing. Also, I talked to some workers in Zion Adventures and they said the waters there are always freezing. You can buy neoprene socks to keep your feet warm for $30, used ones for $5. I would advise doing that if you plan on doing the whole hike because it was so cold it was painful at times.
We went around 8am, not a lot of crowds- 4 cars in the lot. We only ran into people in the canyons where there was a lot of back up because no one could get up that second "ladder". As we were leaving (around noon), there were about 25 more cars and the trails were getting pretty crowded.
I would suggest to wait to do this hike when the ladder is fixed or bring your own gear so you can get up the last fall safely.

Great hike, but start early to beat crowds. Even then, on the way back, you'll hit traffic. We did it ,April 20th and traffic was high on the trail, somewhat expected for a beautiful Sunday. It was a bucket list knockoff and felt good enough for hike to narrows after and bike back to the rental. At age 62, mind you

Wonderful experience, something you’ll never forget. Beautiful, difficult but breathtaking.

One of the most iconic hikes in the US, and for good reason. Just wow. Huge crowds can be a bummer, but it's hard to blame people for wanting to experience it. If you're scared of heights, you can stop at the "first landing" where Walter's Wiggles spits out - one of our group did that. That said, there are chains for all the harrowing drops and the heights are totally worth the view at the end.

Beware the chipmunks! Had someone tell me she found one in her bag halfway down the trail - some of them can work zippers!

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