Zion National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    East Rim Trail - Cave Canyon section

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 14, 2014
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    The east rim trail is a total of 10.8 miles long. It starts from the east entrance of the park and winds down to the canyon floor. There is no shuttle that takes you to the east entrance. So to do this hike you have to arrange transportation to the trail head. When I did it we had two cars but we opted to just do an in and out hike of the first 2 miles making for a nice 4 mile round trip hike.

    Cave Canyon is actual up toward the end of the first 2 miles. There is a hairpin turn in the trail. You then begin to ascend. It is not all downhill to the canyon floor. There is some beautiful scenery on this section. It is a perfect hike if you want to experience the east rim but cannot do the through hike.

    A thing to note, this section has deep sand and makes the hike difficult. Be prepared to take your time.

    Equipment: Plenty of water. Trekking poles may be a good idea to help get through the deep sand.

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    Northgate Peaks Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 13, 2014
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    The only access to the Northgate Peaks Trail is by the Wildcat Canyon Trail. It is an in and out trail a little more than 2 miles round trip. The trail is relatively flat and a very enjoyable hike. The beautiful pines and cooler temperatures makes this a very good late spring or summer hike.

    The trail ends at a point that over looks the Northgate Peaks.

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    Wildcat Canyon Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 13, 2014
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    This trail is in the northwest part of the park well above the canyon floor. The scenery is completely different from what people expect at Zion National Park. High grasslands and pondarosa pines scattered along the trail makes this area of Zion one of my favorites.

    Wildcat Canyon rail is 6 miles long. The trail head is at a hairpin turn on Kolob Terrace Road. The trail ends at Lava Point and the trail head for the West Rim trail. I did the first 1.5 miles of trail which takes you to the Northgate Peaks Trail.

    From the start of the trail you have a good view of Pine Valley Peak. The trail passes on the left into an open green and lush area. The trail is easy and the spacing of the Pines was unique and beautiful.

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    Angel's Landing

    by blueskyjohn Updated Mar 20, 2013

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    Angel's Landing is one of the highlight hikes in the park and a must do. The Angel's Landing trail is accessed from the West Rim trail. To access the West Rim trail, park at the "Grotto." If there is no parking available (Nov. - Mar), you will have to park at the Zion Canyon Lodge and walk about 10 minutes to the Grotto. After March, the shuttle is operating so this is not an issue. The hike up the West Rim trail is long, steep and exposed to the sun at the beginning. However the trail is paved all the way up to the Angel's Landing area.

    The actual hike is well maintained but has very exposed ledges and narrow paths with 1400 foots drops. There is a chain rail that runs the entire way up to the top. The views are amazing.

    Some issues that must be over is the number of people going up and coming down at the same time. Many times you have to find a good spot to stand and let people pass going down as you ascend.

    This is a must do and shouldn't be missed.

    Equipment: Water, water and more water. Also, wear good hiking shoes for the hike up. On this most recent trip, I saw many people hiking this in street type shoes, sandals, flip-flops and even counted three people going up/coming down with bare feet! Pretty stupid to hike in any desert environment with bare feet never mind steep ledges with a 1400 foot drop. I'd like to think this is natural select and Darwin at his best.

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    Riverside Walk Trail

    by Basaic Updated Oct 22, 2010

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    The Riverside Walk Trail is an easy 2.2 mile paved trail that follows the Virgin River from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows. This is a very nice trail with some great views. You can continue at the end of the trail into the narrows if you have a permit and are prepared. Parts of the Narrows Trail is walking through the water. This trail is 14 miles one way and is rated strenuous. The Narrows Trail is sometimes closed, like when I visited, due to the high volume of water flowing through it.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Weeping Rock Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The Weeping Rock Trail is rated easy and leads to a few different views of Weeping Rock. The trail is .4 miles long with an elevation gain of just under 100 feet.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Middle and Upper Emerald Pools Trails

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    Middle Emerald Pools Trail

    The Middle Emerald Pools Trail connect with the Lower Emerald Pools Trail and the Kayenta Trail. It is rated moderate and is 2 miles long with an elevation gain of 150 feet. The Upper Emerald Pools Trail connects to the Middle Emerald Pools Trail and is rated Moderate. It is 1 mile in length with an elevation gain of about 200 feet (rather steep in places). They lead to more pools.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water, maybe a snack, and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Lower Emerald Pools Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The trailhead for the Lower Emerald Pools Trail begins across from the Zion Lodge. This trail is rated easy and is about 1.2 miles in length with an elevation gain of only 69 feet. The trail crosses the North Fork of the Virgin River and winds up to the first of the pools. the trail is paved part; but not all of the way.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Court of the Patriachs Overlook Trail

    by Basaic Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    Court of the Patriachs Overlook Trail

    The trail to the overlook is very short and paved but a little steep. May be too short to really be called "Sports Travel"; but the view is nice.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing.

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    Archeology Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The Archeology Trail begins at the Visitors Center and leads to the outlines of some prehistoric ruins. The trail has a few informative signs along the way. The trail is short (.4 miles) but steep with rocky, uncertain footing.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Back Country Hiking and Camping

    by Basaic Updated Aug 16, 2010

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    Back Country Desk

    There are lots of opportunuties for back country hiking and camping at Zion National Park. I did not do any of these personally; but you can get information about these opportunities at the "Back Country Desk: inside the Visitors Center.

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    Canyon Overlook Trail

    by Basaic Written Jul 27, 2009

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    The Canyon Overlook Trail is 1 mile long and rated moderate. It leads to the top of a natural bridge. You cannot, however, see the bridge from the trail. There are some steep dropoffs so don't take this trail if you are afraid of heights.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water.

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    hiking & backpacking

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 13, 2009

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    things you miss when you don't hike

    Zion is a perfect park for hiking. The weather is generally great and the there are trails to suit everyone, even one pretty one that is wheel chair accessible. Of course, this being steep canyon country, the hikes that afford the best views are strenuous. There is no easy way to get up those sheer walls so do some training prior to coming to the park to ensure your own enjoyment.

    Equipment: Being physically fit is the most important thing you can do but you also need sturdy hiking shoes. This is no place for flip flops despite it being warm. Good socks are something people short change themselves on but after using a good pair, you'll never look back. Treat your feet, they deserve it. It's always good to be prepared for the worst, so bring a jacket, hat, and rain coat just in case. Don't forget the sunscreen.

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    Canyon Overlook Trail, Zyon National Park

    by gubbi1 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    An excellent scenic, short trail in Zyon:

    The Canyon Overlook Trail
    To reach it, try to park directly after the first tunnel in the park (coming from the west). There is a small parking (space for just a few cars) directly at the exit of the tunnel and one about 300 meters later. In my case at first I did not find a parking lot, but after turning twice, I was lucky and somebody just left. Best to be early. The trail head is at the tunnel exit, very easy to be found.

    The trails data...
    Distance: 1 mile (roundtrip)
    Ascent: 163 feet
    It is stated to have moderate difficulty and that it is not recommendable for people with problems concerning height.

    Equipment: Stabil shoes as the trail is not paved. Real hiking boots not really neccessary.

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    Hiking - Some suggestions.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    The beauty of Zion displayed!

    Zion National Park is very known for its incredible slot canyons, which attracts hikers from around the world. We did two hikes. One towards the Upper Emerald Pool. And one through a slot canyon. Both were worth while. Free guided and interpretive tours are available. Below a brief description of some interesting trails:

    One hour or less (round trip)

    - Weeping Rock: self guiding walk to a spring and "hanging garden";
    - Canyon Overlook: self guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint;
    - Lower Emerald Pools: easy walk to a waterfall.

    One-two hours (round trip)

    - Riverside Walk: easy walk along the Virgin River;
    - Middle Emerald Pool: moderate walk to pools and waterfalls;
    - Watchman: moderate walk to viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon.

    Three-four hours (round trip)

    - Hidden Canyon: fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon;
    - Angels Landing: strenuous hike to the top of Angels Landing.

    Equipment: Have a look at Zion National Park Packing List.

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