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Bryce Amphitheatre & The Zion Narrows

Bryce Amphitheatre & The Zion Narrows

Postby bravewarrior » Wed Nov 14, 2001 8:48 am

My favorite half-day hike is 8 mi through the hoodoos, spires and fins in Bryce Canyon National Park. Start at Sunset Point around 3.5 hrs before sunset, descend 800 ft through a magnificent slot canyon in Wall Street, pick up the Navajo Trail, proceed to the roller-coaster Peekaboo Loop, then ascend 700 ft through Queen's Garden to Sunrise Point. Stroll from Sunrise to Sunset Point as the sun sets, then marvel at the amazing stars in Bryce, and you'll swear you've just been through a fairytale land.

The most amazing full day hike I've done is the Narrows, in Zion NP. Starting from Chamberlain's Ranch, you hike 16 mi in a river 20-50' narrow which cuts through sandstone cliffs as high as 2000' on both sides. The threat of flashfloods is real; don't go when there's >30% chance of rain. Backcountry permits are needed to day-hike The Narrows, and you have the option of camping overnight. Check your map and adhere to the timetable, it's difficult not to stop and marvel at the technicolor scenery. Bring a walking stick; when the three creeks converge at Big Springs and the walls start getting narrow, the water becomes very swift, and the underwater rocks become like a million slippery bowling balls. Also, be prepared to get soaking wet in those chest-deep pools. The last shuttle services at the Temple of Sinawava (the "take out") to the Visitor Center leave at 10:15 and 11 pm., so start early.
bravewarrior
 

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