Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
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This is a very interesting hike thata covers most of the different topographies of southern Utah. The trail begins just a few yards west of the east portal to Zion National Park. This first mile or so is along an old mining/forest trail. The trail then follows a creek bed and slowly climbs to the top of the plateau that is above the Zion canyon area. The first 6-7 miles of the hike is pretty easy going with mostly level pine tree alpine or open meadow area. Then the going gets extremely rough for the next 1-2 miles until you join the Observation Point trail. The trail is all downhill from here, through Echo Canyon and down the switchbacks to the Observation Point/Weeping Wall trailhead.
The Hidden Canyon Trail was fantastic. It is not for anyone affraid of heights. The views are sensational. There are some parts of the trail that have narrow passages and chains are provided to hold on to in order for avoid falls. I would like to return to Utah some day.
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