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icy
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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Did it as an overnight (Nov 12th). Camped at camp number 10. Took me about 5 hours to get to camp 10 from chamberlains ranch. 3 hours from camp 10 to the shuttle stop at the temple of sinawawa. The maximum depth I encountered was a bit over waste high. Would recommend dry suit during fall. Amazing view throughout! One hell of a hike!

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icy
private property
scramble
12 days ago

Completed this two-day overnight in early November at a slow-ish pace. Conditions: ~30 F in the morning, 69 F in the full sun midday, 40-50 in the shade (most of the time). Water temp 32 F. 40-55 cfs flow rate. No/low flood risk. GPS says 22 miles total, after zig-zagging from bank to bank to find the shallowest route. At least two short sections of waist/chest-height water wading/swimming on day 2 in the Narrows after Big Springs and the campsites. Gear: 3mm neoprene booties,** quick-drying shorts, 3 layered upper. Approach shoes sticky with Stealth rubber soles. Trekking poles. Gloves. Hat. Overnight pack. **Highly recommend dry pants and shoes when the water is this cold.** Only this dumb ass would subject his feet and legs to 3-5 hours in and out of ice cold water for two days straight with nothing but 3 mm booties. Couldn’t feel my toes, feet, knees by the middle of each day, and will take a few days to recover. Lesson learned! Beautiful solitude for all of day 1 with nothing but my own thoughts, numb toes, shoe prints from an earlier through hiker, late-autumn color, and a curious canyon wren (and hungry mouse at night) to keep me company. The first 3-4 campsites before the first tributary are very spooky at night - the white noise of the water seems amplified through the canyon.

The Narrows Top-Down will definitely remain the best memory of my trip in Zion. Did the hike a week ago. Started at 7:30AM. It was 28F, was super worried about becoming hypothermic, some ice was forming on my shoes ... but the dry suit and neoprene socks kept me warm! I never use poles to hike but one is absolutely life-saving to keep your balance in the river. The first 3 miles were in go-go mode, took us 40 minutes to have more time in the Canyon. Most of the hike is obviously in the river, with a few path on a trail. You can even swim in the river if you'd like, don't be scared of doing it if you have a dry suit, it's just fun and you don't get wet ! Do not rely too much on the GPS mileage to see where you are... at the end of the hike it said we hiked 26 miles (which is unlikely even with a lot of zigzag in the river). Picnic between campsite 10 and 11 under the sun (finally some sun). 6 hours of solitude and what a wonderful experience. The last 2-3 hours was crowd crowd with all the hikers doing the bottom up. Made it to the shuttle at 430- 9 hours of pure pleasure !!!!

Beautiful the entire way!!! But definitely do not recommend doing the 2 day in November, it was way too cold to camp out on the river. You HAVE to swing by Zion Outfitters and rent some water pants before dipping into that ice cold water. We stayed at Campground #1, best view to wake up to. Only saw 2 people the entire hike aside from the last 2 miles. Not for the faint of heart, prepare for this journey. You cannot speed through this hike. Balancing on slippery rocks and treading through water currents slows you down tremendously. All in all, I'd do it again...only in warmer months and without all the overnight camping gear on my back. The scenery is indescribable and worth every second!!

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private property
29 days ago

Wow! What a great experience! We started the trail at 7:00 am and it was still dark. Used our headlights. It’s quite chilly so a pair of warm gloves would be a good idea. There was 6 of us. Moderate hikers. We kept a nice pace with very little stopping until campsite 12, is when we had lunch. By the time we got to the bottom we were quite sore from all the water walking. It took us 10 hours. Loved our rentals from Zion guru, they were brand new, we used drysuits, neoprene socks, water hiking shoes and the wooden pole, the proper gear make this much more enjoyable! Loved the solitude

This was a great adventure! We did it with a group of 6 women (ages 32-60) and we completed it in 10 hrs. We got a private shuttle and started at 7am. We rented dry suits, neoprene socks, boots and poles and we brought dry bags. I would 100% recommend getting all the gear! It makes a huge difference!! We wore lots of layers, had gloves, hats and headbands to keep warm in the morning. We brought and consumed lots of water and lots of food! Bring lots and be prepared! It was a long hike on uneven terrain in amazing canyons. It was definitely hard and tiring but a great adventure.

awesome hike. check weather well before as you will not get out alive if rains come

One of the best hikes I've done! Beautiful nature all the way. We, a group of two, started the hike at 0800 (October 13th) and finished at 16:15, so 8h15mins with stops, photos etc (above average physical condition). Water temp: 34 degrees, air temp: 30 in the beginning, 69 at the end. They said the average time to complete this is 12h20min, but then you have to walk really slow. It was freezing at first, so I really recommend neoprene socks, a good pair of boots, dry suit/ dry pants of some sort. You can rent this for around 50 dollars for the day hike. Using two poles will also help with the balance when crossing slippery rocks. Also, bring a beanie and some warm gloves. I used a thin layer of wool which was very nice. This trip is long and straneous, but nothing cosmic about it as long as the weather is good (no risk og flash floods and heavy rain), the flow rate is on the lower side and you bring food with a lot of calories (pro tip: Cliff bars with a LOT of peanut butter; bring a jar). Everything about this hike is beautiful, you basically have a whole canyon to yourself for miles and miles. I loved that we did this in October, with fewer people and beautiful colors everywhere. The only downside was all the people at the last couple of miles.

Such an amazing hike! These reviews made me super nervous but the hike was super easy until the end just because there’s more slippery rocks and faster current.. It was definitely long (I had tracked almost 25 miles on my gps) but so worth it. We rented the pants, boots and socks and it was perfect! Definitely recommend.

Know what you are getting into before you attempt this, I did but I after seeing some people out there I know why he backcountry desk people treat everyone like an idiot. I completed the top down day hike on 9/25/19, one of the most incredible and rewarding hikes out there, beautiful the whole way(at least until you start running into bottom up hikers). The recording didn’t read mileage right but I tracked about 20, I assume the additional is from crossing back and forth on the river when not in the narrow sections, finish in just over 10.5 hours with a few small breaks and one longer one. It was 34 degrees to start the day, I had rented the wetsuit package from Zion Adventure Company, the wetsuit and the boots/neoprene socks were great and kept me warm and dry all day. I wouldn’t want to do this hike in the conditions I did it in without the gear I had, I passed one group early on in shorts and tshirts with normal shoes and they looked to be struggling, as well as struggling with finding there way from bank to bank. Keep your eyes open when hiking from bank to bank so you know when to cross and can cross diagonally instead of making a right angle every time, this will save you time and energy (easier hiking with the current than up or across it). The hike is fairly easy until you get to where Deep Creek feeds in, seems that Deep Creek dumps a lot of large rocks in that make it more difficult to find good footing, i thought it from there to Kolob Creek and the few miles before and after Big Springs to be the most challenging. Hiking stick or trekking pole is a must, I almost never use either on hikes, I forgot to grab the hiking stick that was part of my rental so I took one of my trekking poles, worked well except it got stuck in between some rocks a few times, the hiking stick has a fatter base so that would probably happen less with it. I saw someone say they recommended two trekking poles, I would disagree with that as it would be more difficult when you have to scramble over boulders or wouldn’t have a hand to catch yourself with if you lose your footing which would probably result in face-planting in the river a few times. If you think you are up for the challenge you won’t regret the hike! When I do it again I would plan on camping overnight, due to time constraints my only option was to day hike, its doable but you can’t take a lot of breaks and don’t have as much time to enjoy the beauty of the Narrows. If you can figure out a way to scale out of the canyon after big springs you will enjoy the best hike ever by avoiding all the idiots and people that don’t know hiking etiquette doing the bottom up hike, lol.

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private property
scramble
1 month ago

If you’re in the water the whole time, this hike is 16 miles. If you avoid the water it’s more like 21 miles with probably over 100 river crossings. Don’t expect tourists in the lower areas to know anything.

I only did the eastern loop (a little less than 2 miles). Weather was sunny and 70 degrees. I echo previous comments about part of the trail being difficult to follow - I ended up walking across some lava flow areas that I'm not sure were part of the trail. There were a few low felled logs to climb over, and a few areas had a sideways trail slope along a drop off. I recommend a trekking pole for those who are unstable (like me) and sunscreen. I encountered no other hikers in the hour I was out, and only 2 OHVs on a shared use potion of the trail. A beautiful, peaceful hike.

Absolutely stunning! I was fortunate to be able to do this hike (day hike) two Sundays in a row. First time down (large group, completed in ~12hrs) I rented boots and neoprene socks. Second time (small group, completed in ~10hrs) I purchased my own socks and wore my trail-running shoes that I typically wear for backpacking. I found the boots to be a tad clunky for my style and much preferred my light shoes the second time. I also found that two trekking poles provided much more balance for me than the single large hiking stick that is common to rent for this hike -- though you need to be extra careful not to bend or break your trekking poles. Both times I packed a shorty wetsuit (2mm) and wore it with the top unzipped during the last stretch. I'm sort of a wimp with cold water and wanted to swim as much as possible. Both times I tracked over 20miles (adjusting for read errors). I would definitely rate this a 5 star if it were not for the tourist trap at the end (echoing the statements of other reviewers). To be working so hard through the whole day, in almost complete isolation, just to end up in a literal line of hobbling, barefoot-tourists is just... odd. Not that I have a problem with anyone enjoying the canyon, but we had several rude encounters where people were frustrated that we wanted to move faster than them. Basic hiking etiquette seemed to be non-existent. For me, it just leaves the hike with an off-note.

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private property
rocky
1 month ago

Wet, cold, and long.

In addition to the points mentioned by other reviewers: Good polarized sunglasses are a huge help. You wouldn't think you need them because it's not sunny deep in the canyon, but they cut the glare on the water surface so you can see where you're putting your feet.

Strenuous hike. Totally worth it. My top hike ever. I would recommend renting canyoneering boots as well as neoprene socks.

it's a lot longer than I thought it would be. By the end kids where done, but mom loved it

Warning: a lot of the waypoints listed here are WAY off.

stayed at camp site 12 on 9/1/19. 11 miles from trail head to our site. One of the best trips I've taken. We were hanging around towards the end because we didn't want it to be over.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Simply an adventure of a lifetime. The hike was grueling, strenuous, challenging, but the sights were amazing to behold. Some of the most beautiful and narrowest of portions of the canyon are really only accessible via top-down. Recommend taking trails early and often at the beginning to save time for the technical portions down stream. Im not usually a fan of such but ankle support is a must have. They will be fried by the end of the day. But, thats the price you pay for true beauty.

trail on the second half is impossible to follow

Amazingly beautiful hike!! So majestic and fun! Some of the plot points of campsites were a bit off and I would definitely recommend thick/soled shoes with ankle support.

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