Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
From Sunrise point, the downward trail to the base of the canyon is rather steep and but it is well-maintained. There is not much shade, so bring some water/Gatorade especially in warmer months (1-2 quarts per person would probably be enough). The scenery along the trail is beautiful ... we saw many interesting hoodoos from the trail. We also walked through 3 or 4 arches along the trail (I'm not sure if the arches were formed naturally or man-made). Finally, we spotted the "Queen Victoria" hoodoo, thanks to a plaque placed by NPS. There is a nice place (and shade!) to rest at the end fo the trail. Instead of hiking back up Queen's Garden trail we opted to take a short connecting trail that leads to the Navajo loop trail. We then opted to hike the shorter leg of the loop trail (0.6 mile to Sunset Point). There is some shade along the trail (due to the pine trees and tall cliffs), but the upward hike is quite steep -- especially at the multiple switchbacks near the end of the trail. There are several interesting formations on this leg of the Navajo trail -- Two Bridges, Thor's Hammer and The Sentinel are some of the more famous ones. This hike is of moderate difficulty (somewhat challenging but very manageable). The best part was that we had the opportunity to see the hoodoos up close and get a real feel of Bryce Canyon. To finish the hike, we took a rim trail from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point.
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