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. 






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.














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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