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    Member Since June 2019

    Jen Thewesterntrek

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

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    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

    24 days ago

    Easy hike, but worth the small (very small) climb! I loved the lookout to the canyon. There is limited parking, and by the tunnel, which makes parking even more difficult. Go early to get a spot.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed The Watchman Trail

    25 days ago

    This had a great view at the top. It was very hot, even at 7pm. Steep climbs at times, so bring water. The best part was at the end. It follows along the river, so we took a dip!

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Angels Landing Trail

    25 days ago

    This is the best hike I have been on. The first half is filled with switchbacks. The second half is where you get to the chains. It was technical, but does not require special equipment. As long as you are careful and do not take unnecessary risks, you should be safe. Allow people to pass and take turns. Don’t rush and enjoy the view. It is one of a kind. Go as early as you can! Crowds are smaller and it is easier to navigate the narrow portions. I don’t know if I would recommend young children for this trial, as they think they are impervious to danger. If you take your children, impress on them the importance of safety. Happy trails!

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Zebra and Tunnel Slots

    25 days ago

    Hike was fair. Horse flies in the sand constantly attacked your legs. The trail wasn’t marked at all! Wasn’t able to complete the loop part because of the lack of cairnes. The slot canyon was cool, but you have to be pretty thin or flexible to get in the tight spaces. Saw a frog, but there were also dead birds in the water. Definitely won’t be trying this one again.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Peekaboo Loop, Wall Street, and Rim Trails

    25 days ago

    Great hike! Read below for full details!

    June 12: Started by getting the first shuttle into the park. We stopped at the visitor center to get water for our packs. Then off to Sunset point. This was such a magnificent view early in the morning. Then we hiked along the rim, pretty easy, no elevation gain. We went to upper inspiration point, then to Bryce Point. From there, we hiked down into the canyon. We went via peekaboo loop trail. We went clockwise, which had some elevation gain, particularly steep in one spot. Great views! Once we intersected with Wall Street, we took that trail. We stopped to eat a snack once we hit the intersection of Navajo loop and queens garden trail. NAVAJO LOOP CLOSED AT THIS TIME DUE TO ROCK SLIDES AND WASHOUTS!!! We took Queens garden trail and stopped to see the famous queen hoodoo. Then up the super steep climb to sunrise point! This is very steep! Make sure you have water! It was such an accomplishment once we got to sunrise point to see where we came from. We decided to keep going and make it back to Sunset point to pick up the shuttle. This part was easy and flat. This took us a total of four hours. Sunset point later in the day is beautiful, but not as magnificent as earlier in the morning.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Cassidy Arch Trail

    25 days ago

    Great hike! I loved to be able to stand on top of the arch. It was hot and sunny with no shade, but we went at 10am. However, we were alone at the arch and were able to have lunch undisturbed for 30 minutes! One of the descriptions says there is canyoneering involved. We did not use that route, so no worries if you don’t have climbing equipment.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Hickman Bridge Trail

    25 days ago

    Did this in the evening. Saw the capitol dome. Also saw Hickman’s arch. Cool little arch. Beautiful view on our way back at sunset of the waterpocket folds. Pick up a trail map to learn more about the surroundings!

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Slickrock Foot Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail is very underrated. We saw a TON of landmarks. Make sure you grab a guide so you know what you are looking at. Return them for free (or just add the donation) or pay the 50 cents to keep the map. We went at 830 and saw a total of 4 other people, so go early. No shade at all, so bring water!

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arches

    28 days ago

    See double O arch review. We did the double O on the way to the arch, and on the way back we did the primitive trail. Around 11-12 it started getting hot, and with the sun directly overhead, we were hot. BRING WATER! Also, the primitive trail had lots of sand, which made walking more difficult. I had a large handful of sand in my boots after. The trail was also not marked well. Good thing there was two of us and there were other people to steer us in the right direction. The private arch was beautiful, so make sure you take the side trail if you do plan on taking the primitive side.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Mesa Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Easy, went for sunset. Not terribly busy, but probably would be busy later in the summer. Great view!

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Mesa Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Easy, went for sunset. Not terribly busy, but probably would be busy later in the summer. Great view!

    Jen Thewesterntrek completed Mesa Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Delicate Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was amazing. We did it near sunset. It was still super hot going up the massive hill on the way to the arch ( it was 85 F at 730pm). Bring water. We stayed for sunset and had every intention of staying for the stars to come out. We left around 9, but we are glad we left early. There are plenty of people still at the arch to feel safe, but it is very dark and can be rocky in places. I had a hard time seeing at dusk, I don’t know what it would have been like if it had been any darker.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Delicate Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was amazing. We did it near sunset. It was still super hot going up the massive hill on the way to the arch ( it was 85 F at 730pm). Bring water. We stayed for sunset and had every intention of staying for the stars to come out. We left around 9, but we are glad we left early. There are plenty of people still at the arch to feel safe, but it is very dark and can be rocky in places. I had a hard time seeing at dusk, I don’t know what it would have been like if it had been any darker.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Delicate Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was amazing. We did it near sunset. It was still super hot going up the massive hill on the way to the arch ( it was 85 F at 730pm). Bring water. We stayed for sunset and had every intention of staying for the stars to come out. We left around 9, but we are glad we left early. There are plenty of people still at the arch to feel safe, but it is very dark and can be rocky in places. I had a hard time seeing at dusk, I don’t know what it would have been like if it had been any darker.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Delicate Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was amazing. We did it near sunset. It was still super hot going up the massive hill on the way to the arch ( it was 85 F at 730pm). Bring water. We stayed for sunset and had every intention of staying for the stars to come out. We left around 9, but we are glad we left early. There are plenty of people still at the arch to feel safe, but it is very dark and can be rocky in places. I had a hard time seeing at dusk, I don’t know what it would have been like if it had been any darker.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Double O Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was beautiful! Started going past the landscape arch. Did all of the side trails to partition arch and the Navajo arch ( partition was better). It was so cool walking over the fins! Did this in the morning, so we had some ample shade. But if you go during mid day, not a lot of shade. Still, bring plenty of water. Also, we went back the primitive trail, but when we caught up with the main trail again, it was pretty busy ( around noon). So plan accordingly.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Double O Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was beautiful! Started going past the landscape arch. Did all of the side trails to partition arch and the Navajo arch ( partition was better). It was so cool walking over the fins! Did this in the morning, so we had some ample shade. But if you go during mid day, not a lot of shade. Still, bring plenty of water. Also, we went back the primitive trail, but when we caught up with the main trail again, it was pretty busy ( around noon). So plan accordingly.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Double O Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    This trail was beautiful! Started going past the landscape arch. Did all of the side trails to partition arch and the Navajo arch ( partition was better). It was so cool walking over the fins! Did this in the morning, so we had some ample shade. But if you go during mid day, not a lot of shade. Still, bring plenty of water. Also, we went back the primitive trail, but when we caught up with the main trail again, it was pretty busy ( around noon). So plan accordingly.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Double Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Super easy. You can sit right under the arch. This one is stunning.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Double Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Super easy. You can sit right under the arch. This one is stunning.

    Jen Thewesterntrek completed Double Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Double Arch Trail

    28 days ago

    Super easy. You can sit right under the arch. This one is stunning.

    Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed The Living Room Lookout Trail

    28 days ago

    This was a beautiful hike. You are able to see Salt Lake City from above. It was a little hot because there is little shade. We went in June about 1pm. The beginning of the hike is confusing with the middle part of the trail - there are a lot of different paths to get to the main part of the trail.