Hello there Mountain Chicks! Founder Hanna has an adventure that takes you all the way to Zion's Hidden Canyon trail. Read this post for more on this Utah hike. Remember to become a member when you're done reading!
The coffee loving adventure guru that plans on traveling the world then opening a bakery at some point, whichever comes first.
Zion will always be one of my favorite parks. I've been lucky enough to spend a decent amount of time here with a couple different groups of friends. As the park’s popularity grows, it worries me that I may not want to visit one of my favorite places. Even in "off season" now the park has an overwhelming amount of visitors. Keep this in mind when you plan your trip. You will not not see another person. So if it's solitude you’re looking for in a hike, maybe skip this one! If you want to see something different in an amazing place, add this beauty to your list!
Early November, four of us were determined to watch the sunrise from the top of Angels Landing. Which is most definitely 10/10 recommended. We were the only people up there for at least an hour! After completing this hike, we were so tired. We used the rest of the day to set up camp and explore most of the canyon floor (the riverwalk, the shuttle stops, etc).
Early the next morning, we decided to venture up the Hidden Canyon trail. Something fun before we headed home that day. The trail has two directions when you first walk up- to Weeping Rock or to Hidden Canyon (or Observation Point). We decided to check out Weeping Rock first because it was a short little detour. The scenery was beautiful. Because it was fall, leaves were changing and falling among the greenery from the flowing water. Weeping Rock was barely flowing, but still a very peaceful experience. After admiring for a bit, we headed back to where the two trails meet.
We started to climb in elevation and trekked up the side of the canyon wall. There were points on the trail where the wall of the canyon and the drop off was only two feet wide. Not for you if you're terribly afraid of heights. It was amazing to see a different viewpoint of the canyon so high up.
The four of us reached the "end of maintained trail" sign, which actually encourages you to go farther. Mentions of an arch had us intrigued. Warnings of "major scrambling" from the sign and passing hikers didn't stop us from moving forward. A couple big boulders and fallen trees had made us trip a few times, but ultimately lead us to the arch. It was only about 6-7 ft. tall, but it was free standing! Just very close to the canyon wall. We spent some time there before heading back down.
It was really neat being "inside" of a canyon where most didn't choose to go. The countless layers of fall leaves made the scenery much more beautiful, especially for the time of year it was.
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