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Zion NP Hikes/Climb

March 8, 2009

We adjusted our watches to the jump ahead for daylight saving time, had breakfast and then drove back into the park and took the Zion – Mount Carmel Highway to the east entrance.  We stopped to do the Canyon Overlook trail (1mile) on the east side of the tunnel and again at Checkerboard Mesa. 

 

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We then returned to Zion Canyon to do the hike to Angel’s Landing (in center of next pic).  The trail is rated strenuous with long drop-offs.  “Not for anyone fearful of heights.  Last 0.5 mile follows steep, narrow ridge; chains have been added.  May be snow covered and icy.”  We did have some snow on this section.  It took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to do the 5 mile (round trip) climb which ascends about 1500 feet.  There is a great view up and down Zion Canyon from the top.

 

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After hiking back down, we checked into the Zion Lodge and relaxed on the balcony of our room, while the sun set and reflected light off the canyon walls.

 

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