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Under the Rim Trail is a 22.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bryce, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Length 22.4 mi Elevation gain 4,366 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

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Forest

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Blowdown

Rocky

Washed out

No dogs

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Please note this trail can be very strenuous and water is hard to find. The water has been reported to be contaminated with E Coli. Please be sure to boil all water. For more detailed information on water and other conditions, please check on Bryce Canyon National Park's website. Because this is a long and strenuous backpacking trek, be sure to do extensive research on current conditions and preparation before starting your journey on the trail.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

The preferred direction is to take the 9AM Rainbow Shuttle to Rainbow point, hike to Right Fork Swamp Canyon, camp overnight, hike to Right Fork Yellow Creek, camp overnight, hike out in the AM and take the Park Shuttle back to your car - reason being, you lose over 1000' elevation hiking north, and this way you don't have to schedule a ride back to your car as you're hiking back towards it (also there's more running water on the north end of the trail)

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Paul Lewandowski
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 30, 2020

Did rainbow point to bryce point as a three day two night backpacking trip, and added in Riggs Spring loop too. It was lightly trafficked, and as other reviewers have said, was dry and hot. We carried 2 gallons a person and still had to pull water from the water sources, which are few this time of year. The natural beauty and varied terrain is amazing, and the views are worth the climbs. If we could do it over, we would skip the Riggs Spring Loop and hike in the early morning hours and evening, both to avoid the hottest part of the day, but also to capture the sunset and sunrise against the canyon's rock formations. The one star hit comes from my issue with the national park service deffered maintenence. A 2018 fire destroyed some signage near the trail's start, which led us to take a wrong trail for a few hours. Also a several dozen downed trees block the trail in many places, forcing you to climb them or trample brush to get around. Also, it can be easy to lose the trail as it is overgrown in places. We had particular issues near Yellow Creek Group campsite, and ended up handrailing the creek back to the trail. Finally the park staff neglected to mention that Sheep's Creek, and Swamp Canyon were closed, and that all Yellow Creek water was contaminated with e. coli. Given that water is scarce, that information is crucial for backpackers to have before they leave, not for them to find out on the hike

Sassy Weinstein
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 29, 2020
Hiking

Did this on 7/26 as a day hike from Rainbow point to Bryce point, which did require a second car (one at start and one at finish point). I definitely recommend doing this if you plan to do this as a day hike! We started at 630 AM while still a bit chilly, but warmed quickly once the sun was completely up. Overall got very lucky on the weather and only had a few raindrops and thunder rumbles along the way, but no excessive heat, rain or lightening. I’d pack accordingly if planning to go this season as it’s monsoon season and usually storms in the afternoon. Entire hike took us 9:42 with breaks (which we didn’t take too many of). Hardest section was going through the dead forest which had a lot of downed trees that you had to climb over and overgrown shrubbery that you had to push through. In the beginning of the hike, be on the watch for cairns as they are incredibly helpful crossing washes and when you feel like you are off the trail. There are a few flags later on in the trail that will also guide you. We got fairly off track 2-3 times and really had to back track to find the trail again, so be mindful if you feel like you have gotten off the trail! Saw one snake along the way, and saw signs for bear activity but luckily did not see any. Overall, a fantastic hike and definitely off the beaten path away from crowds. Just know that most of hike is thru forest and not thru hoodoos until last few miles. Make sure to bring a lot of water!! We went thru at least 4 liters each, and it wasn’t a particularly hot day (for this time of year!). Highly recommend for adventure seekers!!

Eric Anderson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 24, 2020
BackpackingBlowdownFeeGreat!

There is no closure anymore, they opened the backcountry back up on July 1st, 2020. Just finished a thru-hike of this trail on July 24-25, 2020. It was completely amazing! - Not a lot of water sources. We were able to find water at Yellow Creek, Sheep Creek and Iron Springs, but nothing in-between. The water near Iron Springs tasted a bit funny after filtering and treating, but we didn't feel any side effects (there are signs all over warning about E. Coli.) - We saw bear droppings that were pretty fresh, but never saw a bear. Never saw wildlife much more than chipmunks and lizards. - There is a large section that is still recovering from a fire, not much shade during that section so make sure you have water. It was from about Swamp Canyon to Willis Creek. - There are a TON of fallen trees on the trail which made for some exhausting hurdles. They ranged from "step over" to "hop onto and saddle to try and get over" - There are plenty of cairns and flags to keep you on the trail, but they can be missed easily (we ended up going up a creek for 5 minutes, very muddy, not fun.) - We hiked from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point. The worst of it was the last 2 miles uphill to Rainbow Point. Very hot and we were incredibly tired. - Beautiful views and wonderful forest throughout the entire hike. Overall we had a blast and it was a great hike. Challenging, but not impossible. Very difficult in terms of agility and endurance, so I wouldn't recommend unless you are an advanced hiker.

Dagan Kay
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 17, 2019
BackpackingBlowdownBugsOver grown

Note that the "partial closure due to fire" has been lifted. I found Plenty of water at all sites too. hiked solo from rainbow point to Bryce point in 2 days and one night at swamp canyon. not my favorite backpacker in all honesty. First half was relatively uninteresting with a memorable long section through unpleasant burnt Forest. Tough hiking across a myriad of surfaces, with some neat vistas and the majority of the time spent in dense forest and on back trails without much to see. day 2 is far more scenic, but the hiking is tough. last 4 or so miles are straight up and out of the canyon with little shade. I'd recommend this trail if youre looking to do some distance - it takes quite a long time on the trail (I'm usually quite speedy but spent something like 12-16hrs hiking) to move 23 miles! if you're only in Bryce for a few days, try some of the longer day hikes or possibly do swamp canyon to Bryce point in one day. I wouldn't hike it again, nor as a 3 day version since fires aren't allowed below the Rim. Bryce is bear country too, so be vigilant and practice safe food storage!

Sarah Petelinsek
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 9, 2019
BackpackingBlowdownOver grownWashed out

This trail is relatively flat for most of it. The elevation change is really only noticeable at the start and the end of the trail. We stayed at swamp canyon which had signs of bears but we did not see any. There were lots of down trees and navigation was a little challenging at points but the Karens are super helpful. The water was pretty manageable. Water at yellow creek was good, as well as swamp canyon, and a bit past iron spring.

JS Allen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 9, 2019
HikingBlowdownOver grown

We hiked from Bryce Pnt to Rainbow, since the outgoing shuttles were full (you can ride one back if you call). The middle of the trail (Swamp to Natural Bridge) is partily burnt and heavy with blowdowns. As of this weekend, there was good, clean flow 0.25 mi east of Iron Spring and at Yellow Creek. There is a slight, clean flow in Swamp Canyon. There are other waters west of Swamp, but it so muddy you will need chemical treatment or strong boil. It would be nice of Alltrails put in a feature to take low battery usage recordings for long(er) trips like this one.

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Nola Hart
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 6, 2019
Backpacking

This trail was incredible. Backpacked a few years ago in late April, from the north to the south. We did a leisurely hike, being out on the trail for two nights. We ended up stashing water in Swamp Canyon, in case of water shortages. We luckily didn’t need it at that time of the year. The streams were still adequate and it snowed during our time on the trail. It was absolutely stunning with the snow. Would recommend this trail.

Hayden Tucker Bell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 4, 2018

Nothing like Utah

Ryan Bell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 31, 2018

Me and my 2 brothers (ages 22, 26, and 27) just completed this in 2 days/1 night. We started at Rainbow point. Caught the shuttle at 9 from the visitors center and arrived at rainbow point th after the scenic shuttle ride. The bus driver gave a tour through a mic on the way. Views of beauty begin instantly and never end. Difficult mostly downhill hike to our first rest at iron springs. We were fresh so the difficulty was no problem. Iron springs had plenty of water. We were warned of E. coli to be present at all water sources and advised to filter and boil or filter and treat with tablets or drops. I used a Sawyer squeeze only and have not felt any issues as of this review (will edit if the bugs catch up to me). We then hiked to natural bridge which is were we reserved to camp but had plenty of gas left so we had a lunch and kept hiking. Natural bridge campsite had flies that bothered us. They didn’t bite but were pretty annoying. The campsites itself was in a lower wooded area. Right past the campsite there was some puddles of water but we did not fill up. We kept on hiking to swamp canyon campsite where we decided to set up camp. My brothers hiked down the trail a little bit past to find water (they found cloudy still water in a creek bed about 1000 ft down the trail from camp) while I secured camp against heavy winds. A heavy rainstorm fell on us thru the night. It was epic. We woke up to the sunrise, had coffee, and tore down camp to start day 2. We hiked past the creek where my brothers found water the night before to find clear flowing water due the night’s rain. Filled up here water here which was our last time to take water from a water source on the trail. Long hard day of hiking led us past the last half of the epic trail. Breaks along the way. Water was plentiful at yellow creek but there were E. coli warning signs posted that were not at the previous water sources so we were scared to drink it. I wish I would have anyways because we were low on water and ran out 2 miles to the end. There was flowing water up to the right fork yellow creek campsite which we also didn’t test. The last few miles were hard and constant elevation gain. Lots of breaks due to fatigue but we made it to Bryce point to catch the shuttle back to the visitors center. No water on the bus which I was praying for but at one of the stops on the way to the vc I spotted a water fountain so we all ran off the bus to quench our megathirst while passengers were getting on. We jumped right back on the bus and got dropped off at the visitors center where we started this long, hard, hot, beautiful, amazing journey. 7/28/2018: Day 1 ~11 miles 7/29/2018: Day 2 ~12 miles Be mindful not to completely rely on backcountry water sources. We got lucky and found flowing water at 3 or 4 different sources. Trail is pretty easy to follow except a few parts where we had to back track due to dried creeks looking like trails. But cairns (rock stacks) guided most of the tricky parts. Lots of downed trees to dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge Mosquitoes non existent from my experience, but annoying flies would buzz in your ear at some spots if you sat too long to rest. Heavier than necessary packs, low water, and 2/3 of us live at sea level played apart in my difficulty rating. 10/10 would do again 10/10 would bring more water or secondary purification method for ease of mind And always remember: dehydration will kill you a hell of a lot faster than E. coli. Hopes this helps.

RK D.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 28, 2018
Backpacking

Super fun backpacking trip! We did this in 2 leisurely days in the northbound direction, camped one night at Right Fork Swamp Canyon. Strongly recommended hike, and very suitable for beginners with decent legs. Pros: 1) Great variety of scenery, from up-close views of the rim, to panoramas of the canyon, to dense forest. Memorable sections for us included the initial descent into the canyon from Rainbow Point, a spooky section of the park near the middle of the trail that was devastated in a forest fire, Swamp Canyon, and the Hat Shop. 2) Altitude varies throughout the trail, but apart from the last few miles where you have to climb back up to the top of the canyon, it's a very manageable hike. Apart from the distance, would rate it a moderate. 3) Off the beaten track, you'll feel like you have the entire park to yourself. We did this trip in May. We saw nobody the first day, and two pairs of hikers the second day (until we met the throng of tourists waiting for us at Bryce Point). 4) Logistically pretty straightforward. We did virtually no advance planning (apart from bringing our gear). We arrived one day ahead of time to get our permits and book our seats on the Rainbow shuttle. The park lends bear canisters for free and gives a basic map that we found sufficient for our hike. We camped in one of the official campsites the night before setting off. The Rainbow Shuttle drops you off at one end of the trail, and all you do is walk back, which means you don't need to worry about transport back to your car. Campsites and forks are well marked. The trail passes through multiple paths that go back to the highway, if you need to return to civilization earlier than expected. Cons: 1) Water sources are unreliable, so you will probably have to bring enough water for the entire trek (very doable since it's a short hike). 2) The trail is easy to follow 98% of the time, but there are parts where it seems to disappear. Usually, this happens when the trail meets a creek or wash. Keep a lookout for Cairns, we never had to walk more than a few yards to find where the trail continued. Also, expect to jump over a lot of logs. 3) Loved the views on this trail, but those expecting to see tons of hoodoos and the rock formations Bryce is known for will be disappointed. Take an extra day to do some day hikes in Bryce amphitheater to get the best of both!

Camie Scott
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 21, 2018

Bring lots of water! We were lucky and found two tiny streams (more of a trickle really) and had great water filters. The trail was beautiful and fellow backpackers have done a great job of not leaving anything behind. Some parts are washed out so bring a map and compass. Sunscreen is a must. It’s a great trip for beginners because it’s so close to the road for most of it.

Jordan Willcox
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 17, 2018
Hiking

Took the 9am shuttle from the lodge to drop us off at Rainbow Point. So got a late start hiking at 10am. Water available at iron springs, at about the halfway point just pass Swamp Canyon campground, and a couple miles before the end. Lots of up and down as you meander through the various amphitheaters. Heavily forested which did blocked some potential views of the rim but beautiful nonetheless less. But there was ample places to see views that one could not see from the top. Must have had to step/climb over 80 fallen trees and plenty of sandy ascents. Towards the end of the hike make sure you look back as you can see across the canyon at where you started. Overall beautiful hike and would do it again. We completed the entire trail in just over 10 hours. Be careful as you arrive at Bryce point the last shuttle leaves at 7:37pm. Good thing we packed our hitch hiking thumbs. Otherwise it’s another 2 mike hike back to the lodge.

Kayla Smartz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 11, 2018
Backpacking

Amazing backpacking hike! We did Bryce Point to Rainbow Point since the Rainbow Point Tour bus was full for the day. (Call at least 24 hours in advance to secure a spot on the bus!) Did the trek over one night. The lady who gave us the permit thought we were crazy. This trail is tough! One night was hard but it was awesome. We stayed at Swamp Canyon campground and holy crap, best camp spot on the whole trail. It's up top with amazing views of the valley! Water was hard to find (which the visitor center told us), but we ended up finding more than expected. We carried what we should have in case we didn't find small water spots. E. Coli is present in the water so you must filter and use iodine tablets or boil all water. We did see a bear in Swamp Canyon. The visitor center offers free bear canisters as hanging your food is not enough! We started at noon on Friday and got to Rainbow Point at 1pm on Saturday. The last tour bus leaves Rainbow at 3pm and takes about an hour to get back to your car, so be patient. Overall, this hike was a 11/10! You will be sore if you complete it within 24 hours :)

Miranda Graves
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 10, 2018
Backpacking

5/10: Day 1 we started the hike at Rainbow Point and ended the day staying at Right Fork Swamp Creek. There was no water from the start of the hike until we found some about a mile before camp. The E. coli warning had not come out yet, but we filtered and boiled the water and didn't get sick. The next day we hiked to Bryce Point. We underestimated how clear the trail would be. There were a lot of fallen trees that covered the trail. Overall, it was a fun backpacking trip but DO NOT underestimate the difficulty of this hike. We are in really good shape and struggled through parts.

John Hawkins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 7, 2018
Backpacking

5/26: Hiked south from Bryce Point with intentions of camping at Natural Bridge and finishing the morning of Day 2. I either underestimated the trail or overestimated the group I was with because we ended up camping at Swamp Canyon and bailing out there the next day. This is probably best done in 2 nights, unless you want a suffer fest. Water was found at Yellow Creek and just north of Swamp Canyon. The E.coli warning is no big deal since you should be filtering or boiling water anyways. Sawyer Squeeze Mini worked fine. If planning on taking a shuttle to or from Rainbow Point, you need to call ahead and make a free reservation to use it (4358345290). I believe the bear threat to be a little exaggerated as well. Trail was well marked from Bryce Point to Swamp Canyon. Lots of deadfall trees the further south you get though.

Colene James
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 21, 2018
Backpacking

We started at Bryce Point and hiked south. Our first stop for the night was at the Sheep Creek site. We were told by NPS that there was a reliable water source at Sheep Creek, but the creek was dried up. We had seen some water sources as we walked down the trail at Yellow Creek, but there wasn’t much of a stream and the water was contaminated with E. coli which we were not informed about. There were many washouts in the trail and some of the cairns were knocked down, causing us to get lost a few times at the creek bed crossings. Once we arrived at the Sheep Creek site, a sign told us that it was closed due to bear activity. We had gotten a permit for this site at the park that morning and were told nothing of this. We ended up taking the Sheep creek connecting trail out the next morning due to a lack of water. If you are going to do this hike, be prepared and pack plenty of water. Also, get a better map than what you are provided at the visitor center, that map is unreliable.

Erin Bertram
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 16, 2018
Backpacking

Not sure if there is somewhere on AllTrails to ask questions about a particular trail but my boyfriend and I plan to backpack this trail this Saturday (May 19) to Monday (21st) starting at the Agua connecting trail from the Ponderosa parking lot. Does anyone know if the trail is cleared from the land slide or at least doable with a 25 pound pack on and hiking poles? Also, are the water sources silty and likely to clog our filters and should plan to bring additional filter mechanisms, or are our camel back filter straws OK? Any sightings or signs of bears on the trail recently? Is it true no fires allowed and you have to pack out even human waste? Or can you bury it 6 inches deep? Thanks to who ever has the knowledge!

Trevor Hoyt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 29, 2018
Backpacking

Started at the Pondarosa connecting trail. A ways into the connecting trail, we found that a huge rockslide had destroyed several of the switchbacks. Getting down was tough for 100 or so yards. Water running about a mile south of the right fork campground. Yellow creek is running well, but bring stoves to boil or iodine tablets due to E. coli. Also, water was running pretty well about 2.5 miles south of Bryce point. I overprepared with clothing, which is OK. It was pretty hot during the day, and mild temperatures at night. Hiking poles were very valuable when it came to some of the steep gravely hillsides. It was a great experience, with many breathtaking views. Great mix of up and down and Relatively flat areas.

Adam N
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 28, 2018

Trail sporadically offers some gorgeous views; otherwise, it's a lot of forest walking. But the gorgeous views really are gorgeous, and the trail is much less crowded (particularly the further south you go). As of 4/28/2018, all of the creek/wash crossings were well signed with cairns, and in general, the trail is very easy to identify. It's not always as easy to follow because of the inordinate number of dead falls across the trail and wash outs. I also heard from another hiker that the Agua Canyon connector has been covered by landslide, even though NPS advised him it was clear. This was a very tough day hike without a car shuttle because the Rainbow PT tour shuttle is the only shuttle that goes out to Rainbow Point and it only picks up at stops north of Sunset Campground (i.e., you can't park at Bryce Point and board the tour there). It requires reservations (really) and leaves at only 9am and 1:30, taking about an hour to reach Rainbow. During April and May, the last regular shuttle picks up from Bryce at 5:52, meaning you have 8 hours to cover 21 miles and roughly 5k of cumulative elevation gain. This window is not helped by the fact that NPS appears not to have maintained the trail (other than the cairns, which may not have even been them) for YEARS. The number of deadfalls, washouts, and looming snags was shocking for a trail that has such numerous, easy access points for maintenance and is the sole trail for over half the park. This is especially true south of the Yellow Creek sites. Amazing considering the tiny amount of trail in the park. Basically it seems that NPS doesn't care about access to the park south of Bryce Point and is only serving auto tourists and casual hikers, who are far more likely to simply hit the tiny amount of trails in the north. Shame on the BCNP superintendent. Completely misplaced priorities or sheer laziness, it's inexcusable either way.

Myron Avila
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 16, 2018
Hiking

I only did the lower half of the trail, going down Swamp Canyon from UT 63, and then heading south. Simply amazing. Little trafficked, maybe because of the bear warning signs at the time. Went through different landscapes and forest thicknesses. Well worth it!

Zach Alan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 24, 2017
Backpacking

the preferred method is to take the free 9AM Rainbow Shuttle (435-834-5290 to reserve) from either the Shuttle Station or the Visitor Center to Rainbow Point, hike 12.4 miles north to Right Fork Swamp Canyon (with water 0.8 miles from RFSC near the Swamp Canyon parking lot), camp overnight, hike 10.5 miles to Bryce Point, and then take the free Park Shuttle which runs about every fifteen minutes from Bryce Point back to your vehicle (though some people prefer to camp a second night at Right Fork Yellow Creek and hike the last STEEP 2.8 mile section out to Bryce Point in the morning, which then makes this a two night hike, with overnights at RFSC and RFYC). the reasoning for this is: A. Rainbow Point is 9000'+, Bryce is 8000'+, so returning you lose elevation, B. the north end of the park above RFSC is wetter than the south end so you're hiking towards more reliable water for the second day of the hike, C. if you shuttle out to the end and hike back, you're hiking towards your car in the busy end of the park and thus do not need to schedule a ride as you would hiking towards Rainbow Point. Backcountry Permit Fee is $5 per person for seven days, bear canisters are required and provided free at the Visitor Center (Bryce's trees are not suitable for hanging bear bags), AND PLEASE obtain your permit the evening before hiking instead of the morning of the shuttle out as the Visitor Center opens at 8am, the morning Rainbow Shuttle leaves at 9am, there is often a line and the shuttle won't wait (though worst case scenario, you could take the afternoon 1:30pm Rainbow Shuttle to Ponderosa and start there, shaving 4.8miles off the first day hiking to Right Fork Swamp Canyon - questions? call the VC 435-834-5322

Bri Tiffany
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 13, 2017
Backpacking

Three of my friends and I backpacked Under the Rim from Bryce Point to Swamp Canyon and back. The first night we camped at Right Fork Swamp Canyon, hiked back towards the trailhead the next day, camped the second night at Right Fork Yellow Creek, and woke up at 4am the next day so we could do a sunrise hike out of the canyon! This was, by far, one of my favorite backpacking routes. The trail is a great workout with decent elevation change, the usage is very low once you get away from Bryce Point, and the canyon views are absolutely breathtaking. I recommend getting up early and watching the sunrise/staying up late enough for the stars at night. I really hope to come back to this trail and experience again the peace all four of us found here. We backpacked in 44L of water with us as the rangers were unsure of water levels at Yellow Creek when we called ahead. There ended up being a decent enough stream that you could definitely filter water out of, but if you're going much past Yellow Creek and/or backpacking I definitely recommend bringing at least 4-5L of water/person/day (more if you're going to be using the water for cooking). Some reviews have said that this trail is poorly marked but, along the route we did, it was very clear. I can't speak for past Swamp Canyon but if you're only going that far you shouldn't need a compass. The visitor center rents out bear canisters for free (you must have a bear canister if staying overnight) and will provide you with a free backcountry map!

Ted Richards
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 27, 2017
Hiking

We hiked about an eight mile stretch of this trail. We entered at the Auga canyon connecting trail and dropped directly into the bottom via some impressive switch backs. Then we headed North until we hit Whiteman connecting trail. Great hike, we want to go back and finish the entire trail. This was during the 4th of July and the park was packed on all of the short trails that we hiked. We only saw one other person the entire time. Will definitely go back for this one alone.

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