Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Mostly uphill hike, moderately strenous but worth it at the top.
Used part of this trail as training for a quick ascent/descent - from the valley floor to the top of the switchbacks and back (6 miles, 3600 vertical feet) in under 3 hours. - as with any trail in Zion, the views are great, and the trail is easy to follow.
This hike was awesome. i would definitely recommend going in March since the snow was melting and you don't need to take the shuttle. There were a few people eating lunch at the top but didn't see too many people on the trail. Views are beautiful.
Amazing hike. Start early to beat the heat. I was the first person out on the trail (everyone else on the tram got off at Grottos to hike Angel's Landing). Had the point to myself for a good hour. Great views. You're even able to look down on Angel's Landing. Puts the whole canyon in nice perspective.
Also, nice variety on the hike. The section of slot canyon was particularly cool (figuratively and literally).
Lovely walk up to a very nice vista. It's not too difficult, but there were some people we passed pooped out along the last set of switchbacks. You can see Angels Landing from the top, and the Virgin River winding around the beautiful canyon. As far as Zion hikes are concerned I think it's relatively un-crowded (which means waaaay more people on the trail than you would expect anywhere else, but still less than the other essentially paved trails throughout the park).
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