Black Rock Mountain is a historic fire lookout located west of Calgary on the edge of the Rockies. The 10km round trip with about 1000m elevation is a relatively moderate scramble but with the added snow in the winter it was quite challenging. The summit of Black Rock has breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

 

 

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Hidden Canyon is located on the east side of Zion about 1000 feet above the floor of the main canyon. They call it a “hanging canyon” because of how high it rests. This hike has a challenging amount of elevation gain to overcome before you reach the entrance to the canyon, but once you get there some fun exploring and scrambling awaits.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 2-3 Hours

Trailhead: Weeping Rock Trailhead

Distance: 5km (3 miles)  round trip

Elevation Gain: 300m (1000ft)

Difficulty: 6/10 – Well trafficked, lots of scrambling

Season: Year-round. Spring and fall are most pleasant. Summer can be very hot and winter can be icy and dangerous.

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From St. George: Travel on the I-15 North towards Salt Lake City, after 11 km (7 miles) merge onto UT-9 East via exit 16 and travel 20km (12.5 miles) through Hurricane and then up to La Verkin. Take a right turn in La Verkin to continue on the UT-9 East for 32km (20 miles) until you come into Springdale. Follow that same road until you pull up to the Zion park entrance.

From Arizona: Travel US-89A North through Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 West to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

From the North: Travel the I-15 South past Beaver, UT and exit on Hwy 20. Head east until you reach US-89, then head south to the Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 west to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes. Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters. You could get away with runners but having extra grip on the rock surfaces will definitely come in handy!
  • Water: This hike is long and can be very hot. Be sure to bring enough water for 3-5 hours of physical exertion in the hot sun.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike. Some of our favorites snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Temperatures can get up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Shorts, a breathable long sleeve shirt, and a hat can help protect you from the sun and heat. In the winter, the temperature can drop below freezing and it is possible to encounter snow. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are tons of photo opportunities along the way you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Heat and Dehydration:  In Zion National Park, the days can be very hot. Limit sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Appropriate clothing such as a hat and long sleeve shirt can protect your skin from the sun as well as reduce the risk of dehydration. The hot weather increases your need for fluid intake. Ensure you are hydrating throughout the day.  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.

 

Steep Cliffs:  Falls from cliffs along the trail could resulted in death. Stay on the trail, stay back from cliff edges and be careful of sand or loose rocks that can make for a slippery surface.  Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when you are trying to capture the perfect photo. During the winter months, the trail can be snow and ice covered so be extra careful and wear traction devices on your shoes for extra grip.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

ZION SHUTTLE SYSTEM

 

Zion Shuttle System: During the busy months (March to November), Zion National Park has a free shuttle system to help move large numbers of visitors around the park. When the shuttle is in operation Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles so visitors must rely on the shuttle service. The shuttle departs from the Zion Visitor Center and stops at nine locations in the park. The shuttles run very frequently between 7am and 6:15pm and you should never have to wait more than 10-15 minutes. Although you can park at the Visitor Center, the lot fills up quickly so it is best to park in the town of Springdale and take the Springdale Shuttle to the park gate.
The Springdale Shuttle leaves from the Majestic View Lodge and stops at the Zion Canyon Theatre. From the Zion Canyon Theatre, cross through the National Park Pedestrian Entrance to pay the entry fee, then catch the Zion Canyon Shuttle from the Visitor Center.
There are many Springdale Shuttle stops between the Majestic View Lodge, and Zion Canyon Theater. Walk to the nearest stop from your accommodation or drive and park in a marked “Shuttle Parking” area.

 

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Image 1: Zion Canyon Line Shuttle Stops

 

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Starting at the Weeping Rock Trailhead the hike begins with steep switchbacks that take you up to the wall of the canyon. At that point there is a chain to assist you crossing a narrow ledge hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. After some more climbing and a bit of scrambling you will arrive at the Hidden Canyon Rock Arch.  For many hikers this is the turnaround point, but the canyon continues and you can hike further if you are up for more scrambling.

 

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Image 2: Hiking Hidden Canyon Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

This hike starts at the Weeping Rock Trailhead (Route marker #1 on the map). There is an easy to follow trail that will begin to take you up the canyon and then fork to the left to Weeping Rock (Route Marker #2 on the map). Weeping rock is a short detour worth checking out before heading up to Hidden Canyon.

 

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Image 3: Mattson under the Weeping Rock
Weeping Rock - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 4: The view from Weeping Rock

 

After checking out weeping rock return to the main trail. From here there are some steep switchbacks that take you up to a fork in the trail. If you go left, you will be on the East Rim Trail headed towards Observation Point, so take a right to Hidden Canyon.

 

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Image 5: The trail fork to Hidden Canyon

 

 

The trail continues to climb up more switchbacks until eventually it narrows to a small ledge on the side of the canyon. There are chains bolted into the cliff walls to hang onto as you cross these narrow sections. After crossing the ledge there is a stone staircase to climb and shortly after you will find yourself in Hidden Canyon.

 

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Image 6: Crossing the narrow ledge
Hidden Canyon Trail - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 7: The stone staircase

 

The canyon is narrow and tall, so it is tough to get lost. There is only one way to go but there are some obstacles along the way. This part of the hike requires some rock hopping and scrambling over larger boulders.

 

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Image 8: Headed into Hidden Canyon
Hidden Canyon - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 7: Scrambling over boulders

 

About half a mile into the canyon is a large natural rock arch that can’t be missed (Route Marker #3 on the map). This is the point where a lot of hikers turn around but you can continue past the rock arch if you want to keep adventuring.

 

Hidden Canyon Rock Arch - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 10: Hidden Canyon Rock Arch

 

We kept going further into the canyon for about another kilometer (Route Marker #4 on the map). The scrambling did get tougher after the arch but it was a lot of fun! When scrambling keep in mind it is always easier going up then coming down. Know your limits and when its time to turn around. When you are ready to start the return trip, follow the same route in reverse back to Weeping Rock Trailhead.

 

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Image 11: Mattson trying to keep his feet dry
Hidden Canyon - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 12: Scrambling up a steep section of rock

 

 

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If you’re spending time in Zion National Park and want to get one of the best views in the park, Observation Point should be on your list! It is one of the highest points in the main canyon and offers a 360-degree view of its surroundings. The hike is challenging, has interest points along the way such as weeping rock and echo canyon, and the reward at the top is a view that’ll make you want to stay there… FOREVER!

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 4-6 Hours

Trailhead: Weeping Rock Trailhead

Distance: 13km (8 miles)  round trip

Highest Elevation: 1980m (6500ft)

Elevation Gain: 1463m (4800ft)

Difficulty: 7/10 – Long hike with consistent elevation gain

Season: Year-round. Spring and fall are most pleasant. Summer can be very hot and winter can be icy and dangerous.

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From St. George: Travel on the I-15 North towards Salt Lake City, after 11 km (7 miles) merge onto UT-9 East via exit 16 and travel 20km (12.5 miles) through Hurricane and then up to La Verkin. Take a right turn in La Verkin to continue on the UT-9 East for 32km (20 miles) until you come into Springdale. Follow that same road until you pull up to the Zion park entrance.

From Arizona: Travel US-89A North through Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 West to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

From the North: Travel the I-15 South past Beaver, UT and exit on Hwy 20. Head east until you reach US-89, then head south to the Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 west to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes. Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters. You could get away with runners but having extra grip on the rock surfaces will definitely come in handy!
  • Water: This hike is long with lots of elevation gain to reach the summit. Be sure to bring enough water for 4-6 hours of physical exertion in the hot sun.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike. Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Temperatures can get up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Shorts, a breathable long sleeve shirt, and a hat can help protect you from the sun and heat. In the winter, the temperature can drop below freezing and it is possible to encounter snow. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are tons of photo opportunities along the way you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Heat and Dehydration: In Zion National Park, the days can be very hot. Limit sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Appropriate clothing such as a hat and long sleeve shirt can protect your skin from the sun as well as reduce the risk of dehydration. The hot weather increases your need for fluid intake. Ensure you are hydrating throughout the day.  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.

 

Steep Cliffs: Stay on the trail, stay back from cliff edges and be careful of sand or loose rocks that can make for a slippery surface.  Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when you are trying to capture the perfect photo. During the winter months, the trail can be snow and ice covered so be extra careful and wear traction devices on your shoes for extra grip.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

ZION SHUTTLE SYSTEM

 

Zion Shuttle System: During the busy months (March to November), Zion National Park has a free shuttle system to help move large numbers of visitors around the park. When the shuttle is in operation Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles so visitors must rely on the shuttle service. The shuttle departs from the Zion Visitor Center and stops at nine locations in the park. The shuttles run very frequently between 7am and 6:15pm and you should never have to wait more than 10-15 minutes. Although you can park at the Visitor Center, the lot fills up quickly so it is best to park in the town of Springdale and take the Springdale Shuttle to the park gate.
The Springdale Shuttle leaves from the Majestic View Lodge and stops at the Zion Canyon Theatre. From the Zion Canyon Theatre, cross through the National Park Pedestrian Entrance to pay the entry fee, then catch the Zion Canyon Shuttle from the Visitor Center.
There are many Springdale Shuttle stops between the Majestic View Lodge, and Zion Canyon Theater. Walk to the nearest stop from your accommodation or drive and park in a marked “Shuttle Parking” area.

 

Zion Shuttle - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 1: Zion Canyon Line Shuttle Stops

 

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Observation Point is a challenging hike due to its elevation but it is straightforward as far as directions go. From the trailhead we recommend making a quick detour to check out Weeping Rock and then ascending the well-marked trail up multiple sets of switchbacks to Observation Point.

 

Observation Point Adventure Map - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 2: Hiking Observation Point Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

This hike starts at the Weeping Rock Trailhead (Route marker #1 on the map). There is an easy to follow trail that will begin to take you up the canyon and then fork to the left to Weeping Rock (Route Marker #2 on the map). Weeping rock is a short detour worth checking out before heading up to Observation Point.

 

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Image 3: Mattson under the Weeping Rock
Weeping Rock - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 4: The view from Weeping Rock

 

From Weeping Rock backtrack to the main trail and then head up the series of switchbacks with consistent and exhausting elevation gain. You can try to distract yourself from the physical challenge by enjoying the already amazing views of Zion.

 

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Image 5: Anderson climbing the switchbacks

 

 

Eventually the trail will level out and you will enter Echo Canyon Passage (Route marker #3 on the map). Echo Canyon is a slot canyon, 1000ft above the valley floor. The hiking trail takes you through the slot canyon making for some great photo opportunities.

 

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Image 6: Echo Canyon Passage
Echo Canyon - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 7: Anderson following the trail in Echo Canyon

 

After Echo Canyon you will come to the East Rim Trail Junction. Take a left and make your way up the final round of switchbacks and elevation gain. Once you’ve reached the end of these switchbacks the terrain levels out for the last mile. This is part of the East Rim Trail that will lead to Observation Point.

 

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Image 8: Mattson ascending more switchbacks

 

Once you make it to Observation Point (Route marker #4 on the map) you will be treated to incredible views of Zion. This is a tough hike but being atop Observation Point on a nice day is totally worth it! After taking in the views you can return to Weeping Rock trailhead by backtracking the same way you came up.

 

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Image 9: The view from Observation Point

 

 

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The Narrows in Zion National Park is a unique hike that takes you on a journey through the water up the Virgin River. The walls of the canyon stand roughly a thousand feet tall and are only twenty to thirty feet wide at some of the narrowest points. This is one of Zion’s most popular hikes.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 3-5 Hours

Trailhead: Temple of Sinawava

Distance: 16km (10 miles)  round trip

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: 4/10 – Hiking through water

Season: Year-round. Spring and fall are most pleasant. Summer can be very hot and busy. Winter can be cold

Additional Requirements: If attempting in winter, dry suits are highly recommended.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From St. George: Travel on the I-15 North towards Salt Lake City, after 11 km (7 miles) merge onto UT-9 East via exit 16 and travel 20km (12.5 miles) through Hurricane and then up to La Verkin. Take a right turn in La Verkin to continue on the UT-9 East for 32km (20 miles) until you come into Springdale. Follow that same road until you pull up to the Zion park entrance.

From Arizona: Travel US-89A North through Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 West to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

From the North: Travel the I-15 South past Beaver, UT and exit on Hwy 20. Head east until you reach US-89, then head south to the Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 west to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Footwear: Bring shoes that can get wet! In the summer water shoes are a good idea. In the winter we recommend the boots and neoprene socks that come with a dry suit rental from Zion Adventure Guides. The water will be cold!
  • Water: This hike is long and tiring. Be sure to bring enough water for 8-10 hours of physical exertion.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch for when you arrive at the turnaround point.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Depending on the time of year you do this hike it could be very hot, or quite cold. Check the water temperature as well as you will be walking through water that can be waist deep.
  • Swimsuit: If you do this hike in the summer it is advisable to bring a swimsuit as you will get wet!
  • Dry Suit: If you are doing this hike in the wintertime, bring a dry suit. You will need it to walk through the cold water. You can rent them from the Zion Adventure Company in Springdale.
  • A walking stick: A walking stick will come in handy to keep your balance on the rocky terrain underneath the water. Sometimes walking sticks can be found at the trailhead, they can also be rented from Zion Adventure Company
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Flash Floods: It’s important when hiking through water flow areas (The Subway and The Narrows), to check the local forecast for rain and always be on high alert for noticeable changes in the weather. The Zion Visitor Center posts river flow rates for these hikes and can advise when they are safe to do. If flow rates are too high the National Park will close The Narrows. Flash floods are a real danger and can sneak up on you when you least expect it. If you do find yourself in a flash flood situation, get to high ground on the side of the canyon as quick as you can to stay safe.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

ZION SHUTTLE SYSTEM

 

Zion Shuttle System: During the busy months (March to November), Zion National Park has a free shuttle system to help move large numbers of visitors around the park. When the shuttle is in operation Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles so visitors must rely on the shuttle service. The shuttle departs from the Zion Visitor Center and stops at nine locations in the park. The shuttles run very frequently between 7am and 6:15pm and you should never have to wait more than 10-15 minutes. Although you can park at the Visitor Center, the lot fills up quickly so it is best to park in the town of Springdale and take the Springdale Shuttle to the park gate.
The Springdale Shuttle leaves from the Majestic View Lodge and stops at the Zion Canyon Theatre. From the Zion Canyon Theatre, cross through the National Park Pedestrian Entrance to pay the entry fee, then catch the Zion Canyon Shuttle from the Visitor Center.
There are many Springdale Shuttle stops between the Majestic View Lodge, and Zion Canyon Theater. Walk to the nearest stop from your accommodation or drive and park in a marked “Shuttle Parking” area.

 

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Image 1: Zion Canyon Line Shuttle Stops

 

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Hiking the Narrows from the bottom up is a very straight forward hike. From the Temple of Sinawava you follow the Virgin River upstream till you want to turn around, and then you follow it back to the temple.

 

The Narrows Adventure Map - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 2: The Narrows Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

There is an option to do this hike from the top down (which requires a permit). It is a 16 mile full day adventure but we will focus on the bottom up route. The bottom up route does not require a permit and is nice because you can go as far up the river as you’d like (up to 5 miles) before turning back and making your way out. This hike starts at the Temple of Sinawava, the last stop of the shuttle service (Route marker #1 on the map).  From the temple there is a paved trail to follow that will take you to the Virgin River. From there you follow the river upstream into the canyon. In some places the water is only ankle deep but there are other sections when the water can be up to your waste. Be careful of your footing, take your time and enjoy the scenery.

 

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Image 3: Entering the canyon
The Narrows Hike - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 4: Following the river upstream

 

The most spectacular section of The Narrows is known as Wall Street (Route marker #2 on the map).  This is the narrowest section of the canyon where the walls extend thousands of feet above you. The high canyon walls block out most of the daylight giving this section of the hike an eerie feeling.

 

 

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Image 5: Wall Street
The Narrows Wall Street - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 6: Mattson at Wall Street

 

From the temple, you can walk up the river for 5 miles before it is required that you have a permit to go any farther. That leaves a 10 mile round trip, and plenty of canyon to explore. The turnaround point is a place called Big Springs (Route marker #3 on the map).

 

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Image 7: Big Springs

 

 

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If you’re looking for an easy stroll in the outdoors with incredible views and an abundance of lush vegetation, Emerald Pools is the hike for you. The trail is well paved and the minimal elevation gain can be accomplished by anyone. Hiking Emerald Pools is a great chance to get outside and enjoy a taste of what Zion has to offer.

 

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 1-2 Hours

Trailhead: Zion Lodge

Distance: 3.5km (2 miles) round trip

Highest Elevation: 1834m (6113ft)

Elevation Gain: 60m (200ft) to the Middle Emerald Pool and another 60m (200ft) to the Upper Emerald Pool

Difficulty: 4/10 – Minimal elevation gain on a well maintained trail.

Season: Year round. Spring and Fall are most pleasant. Summer can be very hot and the waterfalls generally aren’t flowing as strongly.

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From St. George: Travel on the I-15 North towards Salt Lake City, after 11 km (7 miles) merge onto UT-9 East via exit 16 and travel 20km (12.5 miles) through Hurricane and then up to La Verkin. Take a right turn in La Verkin to continue on the UT-9 East for 32km (20 miles) until you come into Springdale. Follow that same road until you pull up to the Zion park entrance.

From Arizona: Travel US-89A North through Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 West to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

From the North: Travel the I-15 South past Beaver, UT and exit on Hwy 20. Head east until you reach US-89, then head south to the Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 west to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Comfortable Footwear: A good pair of comfortable sneakers is all that this hike requires.
  • Water: One bottle of water per hiker should be sufficient as this hike is short and not too strenuous.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike. Some of our favorites snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Temperatures can get up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Shorts, a breathable long sleeve shirt, and a hat can help protect you from the sun and heat. In the winter, the temperature can drop below freezing and it is possible to encounter snow. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Heat and Dehydration: In Zion National Park, the days can be very hot. Limit sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Appropriate clothing such as a hat and long sleeve shirt can protect your skin from the sun as well as reduce the risk of dehydration. The hot weather increases your need for fluid intake. Ensure you are hydrating throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.

 

Steep Cliffs: Falls from cliffs along the trail have resulted in death. Stay on the trail, stay back from cliff edges and be careful of sand or loose rocks that can make for a slippery surface. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when you are trying to capture the perfect photo. During the winter months, the trail can be snow and ice covered so be extra careful and wear traction devices on your shoes for extra grip.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

ZION SHUTTLE SYSTEM

 

Zion Shuttle System: Emerald Pools is perfect for hikers and adventurers of all levels and abilities. The trail starts at the Zion Lodge and immediately crosses over the Virgin River. The first stop along Emerald Pools Trail in the Lower Pool. From the Lower Pool the trail gains elevation to the Middle Pool and then finally climbs to the Upper Pool.

 

Zion Shuttle - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 1: Zion Canyon Line Shuttle Stops

 

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Emerald Pools is perfect for hikers and adventurers of all levels and abilities. The trail starts at the Zion Lodge and immediately crosses over the Virgin River. The first stop along Emerald Pools Trail in the Lower Pool. From the Lower Pool the trail gains elevation to the Middle Pool and then finally climbs to the Upper Pool.

 

Emerald Pools Adventure Map - Zion - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 2: Emerald Pools Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

There are three different possible routes for this hike. Our recommended route, and the route we will describe in this guide begins at the Zion Lodge (Route marker #1 on the map). If the Zion Shuttle service is in operation, this is the fifth stop. If the shuttle is not running, park at the Emerald Pools Parking Lot. Alternatively you can begin this hike at shuttle stop #6 the Grotto Picnic Area (Route marker #2 on the map), and take the Kayenta Trail to the Emerald Pools. This makes the hike around 3-4 hours. The third option is taking the Southwestern Spur Trail from the Zion Lodge straight to Middle Emerald Pools. We do not recommend this route as it bypasses the Lower Emerald Pool, which is our favorite of the three pools. Also the Southwestern Spur Trail is also often closed due to rainfall and flooding. If you wish to take this trail, check in at the Visitors Center first to check if its open. Please respect all trail closure signs as they are there for your safety.

The route description below is from Zion Lodge (Route marker #1 on the map) taking Emerald Pools Trail.

From the trailhead at Zion Lodge follow the trail over the Virgin River and take a right to head northeast on Emerald Pools Trail along the river.

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Image 3: Emerald Pools Trailhead
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Image 4: Emerald Pools Trail

 

Emerald Pools Trail is paved and has a very gradual incline. The trail follows the Virgin River with some shade provided by small collonwood trees. After following the trail for about one kilometer, you will reach Lower Emerald Pool (Route marker #3 on the map). The Lower Pool is home to lots of lush, green vegetation growing from the moisture filled rocks. The mist caused from the waterfalls creates a microclimate where plants thrive. In the winter months, the mist freezes, forming icicle branches on the trees, which creates a unique photo opportunity. The trail follows the canyon wall behind the two waterfalls that drain from the Middle Pool and fill the Lower Pool. Be careful in the winter, if the temperature is below freezing, the trail may be slippery with ice.

 

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Image 5: Anderson walking behind the falls at Lower Pool

 

After wrapping around the Lower Pool the hike starts to get a little bit more challenging. The trail becomes less paved and you begin to gain elevation more rapidly. A rocky staircase along the way helps to ease the sudden elevation increase. The trail loops around to the Middle Pool (Route marker #4 on the map) at the top of the cliff that you just walked under. The Middle Pool supplies the water to the falls viewed previously from Lower Pool. It is small and the least scenic of the three pools but there are good photo opportunities looking back into the main Zion Canyon from this vantage point.

 

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Image 6: Mattson at Middle Pool

 

The last leg to the Upper Pool (Route marker #5 on the map) is only 450m (0.3 miles) but can be difficult as you have 60m (200ft) in elevation to gain. Whe you arrive at the Upper Pool, you’ll realize that every step was worth it! The Upper Pool sits at the base of a monsterous 300-foot cliff with a waterfall cascading into the pool below. The Spring and Fall are the best times of the year to view the waterfall because it has the highest volume of water. Upper Pool is a great place to find some shade, relax, and have some lunch.

 

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Image 7: Upper Emerald Pool Waterfall

 

On the return trip you can either follow Emerald Pools Trail back the way you came, or take the Southwestern Spur Trail (if its open) south from Middle Pool to complete a loop and see some different scenery.

 

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The Subway is one of the highlights of Zion National Park and is located outside the main canyon. The Subway can be done from the top down or from the bottom up. To do the top down route you will need climbing equipment and rope for rappelling. We did the nontechnical bottom up route which takes you out and back to the Subway. In this guide we will describe the bottom up route to the Subway.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 5-7 Hours

Trailhead: Left Fork Trailhead

Distance: 12.5km (8 miles)  round trip

Elevation Gain: 180m (600ft)

Difficulty: 7/10 – Elevation gain, distance

Season: Year-round. Spring and fall are most pleasant. Summer can be very hot and busy. Winter can be cold

Additional Requirements: If attempting in winter, dry suits are highly recommended.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From St. George: Travel on the I-15 North towards Salt Lake City, after 11 km (7 miles) merge onto UT-9 East via exit 16 and travel 20km (12.5 miles) through Hurricane and then up to La Verkin. Take a right turn in La Verkin to continue on the UT-9 East for 9.6km (6 miles) until you come into Virgin. Take a left on Pocketville Rd, then another left onto Kolob Terrace Rd. Continue on Kolob Terrace Rd for 12.5km (7.8 miles), and the trailhead/parking lot will be on your right.

 

Note: The trailhead for The Subway is not in the main Zion canyon. The Zion Canyon Shuttle Service doesn’t go to the trailhead for The Subway.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Footwear: Bring shoes that can get wet! In the summer water shoes are a good idea. In the winter we recommend the boots and neoprene socks that come with a dry suit rental from Zion Adventure Guides. The water will be cold!
  • Water: This hike is long and tiring. Be sure to bring enough water for 5-7 hours of physical exertion.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch for when you arrive at the turnaround point.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Depending on the time of year you do this hike it could be very hot, or quite cold. Check the water temperature as well as you will be walking through water.
  • Swimsuit: If you do this hike in the summer it is advisable to bring a swimsuit as you will get wet!
  • Dry Suit: If you are doing this hike in the wintertime, bring a dry suit. You will need it to walk through the cold water. You can rent them from the Zion Adventure Company in Springdale.
  • A walking stick: A walking stick will come in handy to keep your balance on the rocky terrain underneath the water. They can also be rented from Zion Adventure Company
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Flash Floods: It’s important when hiking through water flow areas (The Subway and The Narrows), to check the local forecast for rain and always be on high alert for noticeable changes in the weather. The Zion Visitor Center posts river flow rates for these hikes and can advise when they are safe to do. Flash floods are a real danger and can sneak up on you when you least expect it. If you do find yourself in a flash flood situation, get to high ground on the side of the canyon as quick as you can to stay safe.

 

Wilderness Permits: A Zion wilderness permit is required before doing The Subway. This hike has gained popularity over the years and park authorities are trying to regulate traffic and damage done to the hike. A wilderness permit can be purchased on their website. If you are planning a trip to Zion in the busy summer months there is a lottery for permits where you must submit 2 months in advance. There are also walk in permits that can be acquired first come first serve the day prior to doing the hike.

https://zionpermits.nps.gov/

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: The bottom up route to the Subway is a relatively straightforward hike. From the trailhead a well-marked trail will take you down switchbacks to the bottom of the canyon. From that point there is a creek that you will follow upstream all the way to the Subway. Along the creek there isn’t a well-defined trail, it is up to you to find the best way around boulders, through pools of water and up small waterfalls.

 

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Image 1: The Subway Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

The hike starts at the Left Fork Trailhead (Route marker #1 on the map) at the top of the canyon. To start the hike, follow the trail from the parking lot northeast for about 800 meters as it zig zags into the canyon below.

 

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Image 2: Left Fork Trailhead
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Image 3: Mattson descending into the canyon

 

When you get to the bottom of the canyon the trail runs into a creek (Route marker #2 on the map). There is a small sign marking the trail you just came down. Make a note of it so that you don’t miss the turn off on your return trip! There’s nothing worse than missing your exit and hiking extra miles you don’t have to.

 

 

Image 4: The sign marking the trail back to the trailhead
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Image 5: Anderson following the creek upstream

 

From here on out the hike is straightforward. Keep following the main creek upstream and eventually you will reach the Subway. Along the way there isn’t a defined trail to follow so how you navigate the route is up to you. There are massive boulders to climb over, little ponds to walk around, waterfalls to climb and rock hopping to help keep your mind occupied as you hike along the creek.

Image 6: Continuing upstream
Image 7: A waterfall along the hike

 

From the trailhead it’s about 4 miles to The Subway. As you get closer to The Subway the canyon walls narrow and there are more waterfalls that you’ll have to walk over. After walking through the final sections of waterfalls and pool you will reach the tube of the Subway (Route marker #3 on the map). It’s a long, round, curved tube eroded into the canyon from hundreds of years of waterflow and you can walk right through it.

 

Image 8: The Subway
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Image 10: Anderson entering The Subway

 

Inside the subway you will notice “potholes” filled with water, and if you keep going deeper water leading further into the canyon.  This usually marks the turnaround point for the hike but if you want to wade through the water for the few minutes you can reach what is known as the waterfall room (Route marker #4 on the map). If you’ve got a dry suit on, or the water is warm, it is worth checking out before turning around and making your way back out to the trailhead.

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Image 10: The potholes filled with water
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Image 11: Anderson continuing into the deeper water

 

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Image 12: The Waterfall Room

 

 

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Angels Landing is the top attraction in Zion National Park and one of the most famous hikes in any US National Park. The first three quarters of this hike follow a paved trail to a scenic lookout point. The final portion of this daring hike traverses a narrow trail, with steep drop-offs on either side, to a lofty perch that provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of Zion Canyon.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 3-4 Hours

Trailhead: Grotto Picnic Area

Distance: 8km (5 miles)  round trip

Highest Elevation: 1767m (5797ft)

Elevation Gain: 463m (1519ft)

Difficulty: 8/10 – Strenuous switchbacks, exposure to steep drop-offs

Season: Year round. Spring and fall are most pleasant. Summer can be very hot and winter can be icy and dangerous.

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From St. George: Travel on the I-15 North towards Salt Lake City, after 11 km (7 miles) merge onto UT-9 East via exit 16 and travel 20km (12.5 miles) through Hurricane and then up to La Verkin. Take a right turn in La Verkin to continue on the UT-9 East for 32km (20 miles) until you come into Springdale. Follow that same road until you pull up to the Zion park entrance.

From Arizona: Travel US-89A North through Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 West to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

From the North: Travel the I-15 South past Beaver, UT and exit on Hwy 20. Head east until you reach US-89, then head south to the Mount Carmel Junction. Take UT-9 west to Zion’s East Park Entrance.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes. Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters. You could get away with runners but having extra grip on the rock surfaces will definitely come in handy!
  • Water: This hike is long with lots of elevation gain to reach the summit. Be sure to bring enough water for 4-6 hours of physical exertion in the hot sun.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike. Some of our favorites snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Temperatures can get up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Shorts, a breathable long sleeve shirt, and a hat can help protect you from the sun and heat. In the winter, the temperature can drop below freezing and it is possible to encounter snow. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Heat and Dehydration: In Zion National Park, the days can be very hot. Limit sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Appropriate clothing such as a hat and long sleeve shirt can protect your skin from the sun as well as reduce the risk of dehydration. The hot weather increases your need for fluid intake. Ensure you are hydrating throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.

 

Steep Cliffs: Falls from cliffs along the trail have resulted in death. Stay on the trail, stay back from cliff edges and be careful of sand or loose rocks that can make for a slippery surface. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when you are trying to capture the perfect photo. During the winter months, the trail can be snow and ice covered so be extra careful and wear traction devices on your shoes for extra grip.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

ZION SHUTTLE SYSTEM

 

Zion Shuttle System: During the busy months (March to November), Zion National Park has a free shuttle system to help move large numbers of visitors around the park. When the shuttle is in operation Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles so visitors must rely on the shuttle service. The shuttle departs from the Zion Visitor Center and stops at nine locations in the park. The shuttles run very frequently between 7am and 6:15pm and you should never have to wait more than 10-15 minutes. Although you can park at the Visitor Center, the lot fills up quickly so it is best to park in the town of Springdale and take the Springdale Shuttle to the park gate.
The Springdale Shuttle leaves from the Majestic View Lodge and stops at the Zion Canyon Theatre. From the Zion Canyon Theatre, cross through the National Park Pedestrian Entrance to pay the entry fee, then catch the Zion Canyon Shuttle from the Visitor Center.
There are many Springdale Shuttle stops between the Majestic View Lodge, and Zion Canyon Theater. Walk to the nearest stop from your accommodation or drive and park in a marked “Shuttle Parking” area.

 

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Image 1: Zion Canyon Line Shuttle Stops

 

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Starting at the Grotto Picnic Area you’ll follow the West Rim Trail along the Virgin River and then up long steep switchbacks into Refrigerator Canyon. You’ll then enjoy a nice cool walk through Refrigerator Canyon before a strenuous climb up the Walter’s Wiggles Switchbacks to Scout’s Lookout. At Scout’s Lookout, the real adventure begins. To reach Angels Landing, you must scramble along a very exposed narrow ridge that feeds into the middle of Zion National Park. The summit offers an amazing view of the Canyon, and is aptly described by Frederick Fisher who discovered it: “Only an angel could land on it”.

 

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Image 2: Angels Landing Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

Depending on if the shuttles are running, either take the shuttle to, or park at the Grotto Picnic Area (Route marker #1 on the map). This is the sixth stop from the Visitors Center on the Zion Canyon Shuttle. From the parking lot, head west and cross the bridge over the Virgin River. Just past the bridge the trail veers right. This is the West Rim Trail.

 

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Image 3: Crossing the Virgin River on West Rim Trail

 

Follow the West Rim Trail along the canyon wall as it gains elevation. This path is quite steep but is paved and well maintained. As you climb along the trail, you are given a taste of the spectacular views of the canyon to come.

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Image 4: Anderson following the West Rim Trail
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Image 5: Gaining elevation on the West Rim Trail

 

After following the West Rim Trail for about a mile, you’ll take a left into Refrigerator Canyon (Route marker #2 on the map). This is a great spot for a break to take some pictures looking back at the canyon. The path through Refrigerator Canyon is cool and shaded with cliff walls rising hundreds of feet on your left and right. The incline lets up for this leg of the hike and on a warm day, the walk through Refrigerator Canyon can be exceptionally refreshing.

At the end of the canyon, you’ll turn around and begin climbing the Walter’s Wiggles Switchbacks (Route marker #3 on the map). These are a series of 21 steep and compact switchbacks that lead to the top of Refrigerator Canyon and out to Scout’s Lookout (Route marker #4 on the map).

 

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Image 6: Anderson climbing the Walter’s Wiggles Switchbacks

 

At Scout’s Lookout, the West Rim Trail heads north through Cabin Spring and on to Lava Point while the trail to Angels Landing heads south. At this point you are only about a half-mile from the summit, but the trail gets much more challenging and adventurous. If you don’t have much scrambling experience or are afraid of heights, do not travel further than Scout’s lookout.

 

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Image 7: The view from Scout’s Lookout

 

The trail from Scout’s Lookout to Angels Landing will get your adrenaline pumping. You have another 150m (500ft) of elevation to gain and the terrain gets more difficult. You will be walking along a narrow, rocky ridge to the summit. At some points you can look hundreds of feet to the canyon floor below on either side of the trail. If at any moment you start to panic or feel uncomfortable, turn back because it doesn’t get any easier. There are chains and guard rails bolted into the rock to help provide some extra stability and security. There are also natural steps formed into the rock that assist with the climb. Follow the chains to the summit.

 

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Image 8: Following the trail towards the summit
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Image 9: Chains assist you along the narrow trail

 

Follow the ridge until you reach the final viewpoint. From here you have one of the most incredible 360-degree views right from the center of Zion National Park. Although it isn’t as high in elevation as some of the rim trails, the view from Angels Landing is like no other. Take a break, have a snack, beware of chipmunks and enjoy the views!

 

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Image 10: We made it!

 

 

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Mount Norquay is an iconic mountain in the Banff National Park. It has everything from wedding venues and events to outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. The Mount Norquay Via Ferrata is one of the many activities that can be experienced on the mountain. It’s the perfect summer outdoor activity for a group of adventurous friends. We ended up doing this hike for Mattson’s birthday and were able to get 8 friends all together in one group. We chose to challenge the Summiteer route which was a 6-hour tour.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 6 Hours

Location: Just north of Banff

Distance: 3.2km round trip

Highest Elevation: 2450m

Elevation Gain: 360m

Difficulty: 5/10 – Heights and exposure

Season: June to mid-October

Additional Requirements: A tour reservation

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Calgary: Take the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) west to Banff, take the second Banff exit onto Mt Norquay Road and turn right (away from Banff) and follow Mt Norquay Road until you reach the resort.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes with good grip and lots of support.  If you don’t have a good pair they can supply hiking boots. Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters.
  • Water: This hike has lots of elevation gain to reach the summit.  Be sure to bring enough water.
  • Snacks: A bag lunch is provided with the 6-hour tour but if you have specific diet needs or wants bring your own snacks!
  • Weather appropriate clothing: You will be exposed to the elements throughout this hike.  Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Every tour is guided so you don’t have to worry about taking the right route or getting lost. The guides a Mt Norquay are fantastic and made sure we were 100% prepared to take on the mountain.

Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron path” which is the perfect way to describe this adventure. A Via Ferrata is a climbing route up a mountain that has been made easier, and safe, with the use of carabiners, harnesses, cables and iron hand/foot holds that have been mounted into the mountain itself.

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Image 1: Anderson crossing a 3 cable bridge
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Image 2: Mattson crossing a 2 cable bridge

 

Mt Norquay has 4 options for routes:

  • Explorer – 2-2.5 hour hike
  • Ridgewalker – 3.5-4 hour hike
  • Skyline – 4.5-5 hour hike
  • Summiteer – 5-6 hour hike

Each hike has its own highlights and attractions from ladders to suspension bridges. This adventure requires a reservation so be sure to call or book online.

https://banffnorquay.com/summer/via-ferrata/routes/

 

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Image 3: Hanging out on the Via Ferrata
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Image 4: The suspension bridge

 

 

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The rope swing west of Calgary is an awesome place to spend a day. Just 25 minutes from downtown is a swimming hole plenty deep to swing or jump into. There is a platform roughly 30ft high and a long rope connected to a tree that you can swing off into the water. Lots of people will take floaty rafts and hang around in the calm refreshing Bow River water.

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 2 Hours

Location: 10 km west of Calgary

Distance: 2 km round trip

Elevation Gain: 100m

Difficulty: 3/10 – Easy trail to follow with minimal elevation gain.

Season: June to September

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Calgary: Take the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) approximately 4km west of Stoney Trail and take the Old Banff Coach Road exit north. Keep following that road until a T intersection and turn right onto Township Rd 250. Follow that road till it ends and park there.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: A pair of sneakers is all you’ll need for the walk to the rope swing.
  • Water: Always good to bring water on a hot day.
  • Swim suit: You’ll want a swim suit if you plan on jumping into the refreshing water.
  • Towel: The water is cold. You will want to dry off after your swim.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks and refreshments to enjoy at the Rope Swing. Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Camera: The rope swing is a great place to take photos.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Rope Swing: Know your limits. The rope can be slippery to hang on. Be sure your swing trajectory is clear and hang on tight!

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: The hike to the rope swing is a relatively easy 1 km walk.  There are two fences you will need to jump along the way but otherwise the trail is straightforward and easy to follow.

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Image 1: Calgary Rope Swing Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

From the parking area (Route marker #1 on the map), the trail begins off to the left (heading north) over a barbed wire fence. The trail should be pretty easy to follow from then on. There are a few forks in the trail but if you stay left you are going the correct way. Eventually you will come to another fence you need to hop.

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Image 2: The trail to the rope swing
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Image 3: The second fence along the trail

 

As you follow the trail you will have very nice view to the north across the river. Not too much further and you will decline in elevation to the swimming hole where the rope swing is located (Route marker #2 on the map). Enjoy and be safe!

 

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Image 4: Views of the river from the trail
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Image 5: The rope swing

 

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– ETA




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White Road hike is one of the most adventurous hikes we’ve done. The hike is located on the north side of the Big Island at the back end of the Waipio Valley. The hike takes you through irrigation tunnels, includes spectacular views of the valley below and finishes off with a natural waterslide at the end.

NOTE: THIS HIKE INVOLVES TRESPASSING ON PRIVATE LAND. IN RECENT YEARS DNLR OFFICERS HAVE STOPPED AND CITED HIKERS

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 3 Hours

Trailhead: 3.5 miles east of Waimea

Distance: 8km round trip

Highest Elevation: 800m

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: 7/10 – Route finding/slippery trail with exposure

Season: Year round.

Additional Requirements: Headlamps, inflatable tubes, swimsuit

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Waimea: Head East on Hawaii Belt Road (Hwy 19) for 3.5 miles, turn left onto White Road and go north for a half mile where you’ll come to a gate. This is the start of the hike.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes. Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters. A pair of water shoes might come in handy as your feet will get very wet when walking through the tunnels.
  • Water: Always bring water.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: You will be exposed to the elements throughout this hike. Be sure to bring a swimsuit! Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Inflatable tube: If you want to try the slide bring an inflatable tube to sit on.
  • Headlamp: The irrigation tunnels are dark. A headlamp will make them easier to navigate.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Trespassing: This hike is illegal. The route passes through private property. Hikers have been fined by DNLR officers!

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: The starting point is at the end of White Road. The trail continues through a gate and along some irrigation water channels to Waipio Valley. From there the trail follows the edge of the valley to a mile-long irrigation tunnel. This tunnel will lead you to the slide.

 

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Image 1: White Road Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

There is a gate at the end of White Road (Route marker #1 on the map) that you will have to hop over to start the hike. The road still continues along the same path, it just changes from paved to dirt. The path will zig zag around a large circular pond and then into the forest. The trail is well tracked and pretty easy to follow. You will come to a gate, go through the gate, and close it behind you.

 

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Image 2: The dirt road to the gate

 

From there the trail follows along an irrigation ditch. Water may or may not be flowing through it depending on the rainfall in the last few days. The trail is full of lush, dense jungle but is pretty easy to follow. It will stray from the irrigation ditch to a lookout point of Waipio Valley (Route marker #2 on the map). The views from the lookout are stunning!

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Image 3: The irrigation ditch
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Image 4: Waipio Valley Lookout

 

Turn left and take the trail along the edge of the drop off to the valley below. Be careful on this trail, it follows the edge of the valley and one wrong step and you could fall off a cliff. Keep walking on the trail until you reach a black irrigation tube (these act as bridges for the water to run over the valley). You will have to either cross over the tube or go through it. Water levels through the irrigation tube vary. Both climbing through and climbing on top of the tube present risks. If the water flow is too high it may be dangerous to enter the tunnel but falling from on top of the tube could be fatal. Use your judgement on what the best option to get across is at the time you are there.

 

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Image 5: Anderson crossing the tube
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Image 6: Mattson crossing the tube

 

From here the most straight forward route to the slide is through the irrigation tunnel. There is also a trail to the slide that continues to the right and goes back along the valley to the waterfall. If the waterflow is high it may be easier to follow the trail along the valley instead of goiing through the tunnel.

 

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Image 7: Anderson entering the irrigation tunnel
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Image 8: Mattson following the trail along the valley

If you choose the irrigation tunnel hopefully you have a headlamp with you! The tunnel is dark and has fast flowing water in places. The tunnel is about a mile long and will open up a  couple times before you make it to the waterslide. If you follow the tunnel you will eventually reach the waterslide (Route marker #3 on the map)! The alternative route is along the valley and can be slippery with a steep drop into the valley. Be careful of your footing if you take this route.

 

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Image 9: The Waterslide

 

After enjoying the slide head back to White Road by heading back on the route you came.

 

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Have fun out there!

– ETA