How Long for Zion National Park?

Jan 4th, 2012, 06:19 PM
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"I would never hike the Narrows as I'm sure my camera would end up in the water."
Ah well Myer, The answer to that is just leave your camera behind. There are plenty of photos of the Narrows you can buy if you want to remember that classis and fantastic journey into the womb of time.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 06:20 PM
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I meant classic!
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Jan 4th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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I took my camera and my video both. You can rent a dry bag at Zion Adv. Co. for like $5. You can also double wrap them in a trash bag(dry bag is a little bit safer though). I do think it is a good idea to have a couple of hiking sticks on this to keep your footing. I guess if you absolutely hate water then this wouldn't be the place for you.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 06:32 PM
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Myer, we're gonna get you in that water yet-I just know it. lol
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Jan 5th, 2012, 06:51 AM
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I agree with one reader Ruby's Inn is GREAT. It is like and Old West store and Inn but modern. Also I suggest you take the two hour horse ride, very easy,thru the canyon. Amazing!
You can catch the shuttle throught the park and I agree two full days would be more than enough. Short hikes most trails seem to be connected. Iwas there in the spring and had snow.
I drove Zion and Bryce in a relativity short time.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 07:55 AM
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Insandy, spiro,

I've got nothing against the Narrows. The photos I've seen look great.

However, I just don't see myself hiking in waist-high water. And I probably wouldn't want to leave my camera behind (although I did that rafting in Moab).

And another issue. While the Narrows is probably easier on the heart, I'm sure Angel's Landing (to scouts Lookout) is easier on the body.

A smooth trail is easier on the knees, back and shoulders. Walking on rocks wouldn't be that easy.

A perfect example might be in Yellowstone. I hiked the Hellroaring trail to the suspension bridge. A ranger told me the elevation change was about 800-900 ft (down in and up out). The trail is a narrow path that isn't smooth and is shared with horses (so you have to also watch what you step in). I found that quite a strain on the body.

On the other hand the Mt Washburn hike is quite a bit longer and starts at 8800 ft. While my heart got quite a workout looking for oxygen, the actual trail is very easy as it's a smooth dirt road with a gentle incline.

I guess it's also easier to do the hard part going in and then the easy part coming out.

Will I ever hike the Narrows? Maybe. But I don't see going back to Zion for a while and aging doesn't seem to slow down.
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