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    Member Since May 2019

    David Conger Pro-red@3x

    Sterling, Virginia 

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    David Conger reviewed Angels Landing Trail

    1 day ago

    It’s easy to see why this is the most popular hike in the park. Unfortunately, you will believe it’s the most popular when you’re in the thick of the crowd. For your enjoyment AND safety, go early in the morning. My group started up the trail at 7:45 AM on a weekday in September and that was still barely early enough. I’m told this is especially important in hot weather as some, just a few, of your fellow hiker will get impatient with the crowds and try to pass on narrow, exposed ledges, and this phenomenon is much more likely when people are hot and cranky.

    The hike up to and in Refrigerator Canyon is easy and pleasant. If you are recording through All Trails or a fitness tracker, you will lose GPS signal in this narrow, step canyon. The surface is essentially paved and an easy walk except for a few steep sections. This is a good part of the trail for people watching. See if you can spot the idiot “influencers” going up to get an Instagram photo.

    Once you arrive at Scout Lookout, use the toilet facility. The toilets are nasty, but do it anyway. Moving on from there to Angles Landing offers no safe area to pee that isn’t in the thick of the crowd and in a shifting wind that will guarantee your pee blowing on you and/our your fellow hikers.

    Once you are on the chains, you will be in two-way traffic on a one-way wide trail. Maintain at least one hand on the chains. If someone tries to pass you, don’t attempt to stop them, but don’t give up your footing or handhold for them. There will be a few spots along the way when you can safely stop to catch your breath, have some water and maybe a snack. Stay hydrated and watch your electrolytes as this is not the right place to space out or get irritable.

    The view from Angels Landing is worth every bit of all this effort.

    David Conger reviewed Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

    1 day ago

    This is great desert hike that reminded me of hikes in the Grand Canyon, but flat. There is just a bit of scrambling, but the footing is easy most of the time.

    This is a dog friendly trail, but if you bring your pooch along, put him/her in a cool-down and bring extra water. Also, watch out for hit sand. It won’t bother your boots or sandals a bit, but your friend could get burned. This is a hot, dry environment.

    Definitely plan to take a plunge into the pool at the waterfall. Do it as soon as you get there while you’re still hot from the hike. (The water is really cold for a creek in the desert.) Your clothes will be dry by the time you’ve hiked back to the trailhead.

    David Conger reviewed Fairyland Loop Trail

    1 day ago

    Just jaw-droppingly gorgeous views on this hike. Because it starts outside the park boundaries, it isn’t very crowded. There is little shade, so in warm weather bring lots of water and get an early start.

    Trail footing is excellent, with no roots and few rocks. Some of the hills are steep, another reason to get an early start in warm weather. And speaking of weather, it can change very suddenly. Bring an extra shirt and very definitely bring a lightweight rain jacket.

    David Conger reviewed Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

    3 days ago

    This is great desert hike that reminded me of hikes in the Grand Canyon, but flat. There is just a bit of scrambling, but the footing is easy most of the time.

    This is a dog friendly trail, but if you bring your pooch along, put him/her in a cool-down and bring extra water. Also, watch out for hit sand. It won’t bother your boots or sandals a bit, but your friend could get burned. This is a hot, dry environment.

    Definitely plan to take a plunge into the pool at the waterfall. Do it as soon as you get there while you’re still hot from the hike. (The water is really cold for a creek in the desert.) Your clothes will be dry by the time you’ve hiked back to the trailhead.