It's been a while since I posted a report but thought this one was worth sharing. Zion had long been on my list and with no time for planning this year it seemed a good choice. I had messaged Ed (Who me Worry) for info years ago, and that message, a Backpacker Magazine article, and the Parks website were my main resources.
I decided to do the "Trans Zion Trek" from the article in the magazine. The route starts in Kolob Canyon at Lee Pass and ends at the East Rim trailhead. Trail closures near Weeping Rock due to rock slides made it not possible to follow the exact route but I made it across (all I can say about that here).
I flew to Vegas, rented a car and drove to Springdale to obtain walk-up permits. I was nervous that there were none to be had but it was no issue at all. I got every camp I wanted. I paid a shuttle to take me from the East Rim to Lee Pass.
Views like these were around every corner.
Just past the drawn end of the LaVerkin Creek trail is a fascinating slot canyon named Bear Trap on the map. I could have spent another whole day just exploring this canyon. Dang it, I needed to move on. This was typical of this trip; wish I had more time.
Again, there was just so much to explore and examine....I mostly had to keep walking.
I did stop to have lunch and admire this scene ^
I think this was the connector trail as I headed over to Wildcat Canyon.
Just more cool geology.
The West Rim trail is a fine, fine place to be. The next many pictures are from my wanderings up there.
Now I'm headed down past Cabin Springs:
And here I start the Angles Landing detour:
A view from the spine^
Looking down the death preventing chains^
This is my first ground level view of the main Zion Canyon^
I did kill a few hours checking out the Narrows. It was mid-day and the shuttles had been off loading people in rented dry suits by the dozens for hours. A Ranger told me there was likely already several hundred people in the canyon. I believed her. That was not my bag so I bailed after a mile or so, and besides, I didn't rent any protective gear and it was super cold.
Here is dinner at Cable mountain on the old log rig.
Here I'm dangling my feet over the ledge and marveling at how small those buses look from up there.
Sun setting on Cable Mountain^
The last camp on Cable.
And yes, you have to pack out your waste in this Park; but on this trek there were enough trash cans at road crossings and trail heads that I never had to carry more than one days waste at a time. The wag bags worked fine, but I brought extra bags as an additional layer; so it was triple bagged and kept in my outer pocket and carefully monitored when taking the pack on or off. lol
Sorry not much detail here, mostly pictures, hope it was still somewhat interesting.