The view after you climb up the cliff and are about to enter the canyon. The river down there in the bottom is where we started.
This sign just made us laugh. Yes, scrambling was required though, both to get to the arch and when we went past to where we stopped for our break.
Left to right: Anneli, Gary, Brett, Me!
The boys shimmied on up to the top of the arch.
This is where we stopped for a break, not exactly because we wanted to, but because there was no way you could pretend the trail went any farther. The camera is tipped back at about a 45 degree angle in order to get the whole cliff. You can see how narrow it is by the side of the cliff we were on showing up in the picture.
From where I was perched eating trail mix. It amazes me how far up the canyon goes, and how much farther down it goes as well.
The second hike we went on took us up to Weeping Rock. Its a cliff overhang where water is continuously dripping into the canyon. You walk right under the overhang and the water drips on you from there. There were flowers and grasses hanging right onto the rocks. This is the view looking out down the main Zion Canyon.
From Weeping Rock up towards where the Hidden Canyon Trail breaks off to head uphill.
My handsome husband with his 'beard' that he was so excited to have.
The canyon has only one entrance and is so narrow that once you get in the park there are free shuttles that run every 7 minutes to take you to the trial heads. So here we are waiting for the next one.
This is from the third hike we did, and last one for Saturday afternoon. Its from the top of the Upper Emerald Pool. On the hike you just climb up passing three pools were the water seeps through the rock and is crystal clear.
Our "Artistic Picture"
Sunday morning we took the shuttle to a short hike for an overlook to the Court of the Patriarchs. From left to right they are Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. Jacob is actually the white peak on the very right edge. Technically the red one in front of it is Mt. Moroni. Yep, were were in a National Park in Utah. They are pretty impressive though.
We did go on one more short hike before heading home, but none of the pictures turned out too well. It was just along the river until the canyon narrows to only as wide as the river. From there if you have shoes and gear that can get wet there is a really popular hike called The Narrows that takes you up the canyon by quite literally following the river, meaning most of the time you are wading. That's one hike that Brett and I do want to do someday when we can plan for it. Brett also wants to do Angel's Landing. I won't be doing that one though due to the heights it entails. Much worse than anything we did.
The end of the trip. Still happy. Some bags under the eyes from allergies and exhaustion, but overall happy. Thanks to Scott, Megan, and Jesse for letting us borrow the gear to be able to go. It was a great weekend with great friends and great activities. We are really glad we decided to do it this year.