Emeralds and Angels, Hiking in Zion (Part 1)

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Researching Zion, I came up with an itinerary. In the morning, we would hike the Narrows and, in the afternoon, we’d go canyoneering.

Hiking the Narrows means hiking in water through slotted canyons. Even though large rocks line the bottom of the river, we’d be dressed properly, carry tall walking sticks, and be guided by an experienced hiker. We picked up our waterproof boots and Neoprene socks at Zion Outfitter the day before, so we’d be ready to roll at 7am the next day.

One problem. It rained overnight. A lot.

The Parks Service closed the Narrows because the water level was too high. The usually clear, shallow water was now brown, swirling, strong, and deep. Even if the Park Service opened up the Narrows later, which it did, we had to make a decision. We decided to hike Emerald Pools and Angels Landing.

One more problem. Back at home, when I showed Hubby a video of hikers on Angel’s Landing, his breathing turned rapid. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “It’s just a video.” “I have no interest in hiking that!” he replied. Yet, there we were.  With Plan A shelved, it was time for Plan B.

Look what we saw on the trail.

Look what we saw on the trail.

Here's another one.

Here’s another one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerald Pools waterfall.

Emerald Pools waterfall.

Blue sky and cascading water mesmerize.

Blue sky and cascading water mesmerize. Hubby took these Emerald Pools photos.

Our guide told us that some people rappel from top of the waterfalls!

Our guide told us that some people rappel from the top of the waterfalls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby and Teen Daughter.

Hubby and Teen Daughter.

Hiking Emerald Pools was a great warm-up for the day. Our guide, James Milligan, led us to the lower and upper pools, then we hiked from the pools to the start of Angel’s Landing.

It wasn’t necessary to have a guide for the morning hikes but 1) we’d already hired him, 2) he knows the mountain so well that he efficiently led us from trail to trail (otherwise, we might still be consulting our map, wondering where to go!), 3) James could answer our many questions, and 4) having a guide gave Hubby assurance that he could hike however much–or little-of Angel’s Landing he was comfortable with!

Immense red rocks balance on top of each other.

Immense red rocks balance on top of each other.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Have you been to Zion? Have you hiked the Narrows? Emerald Pools?  Angels Landing?

Hon, I’d love to hear from you.

Sources:  Zion OutfitterZion National-Park.com, Joe’s Guide To Zion National Park

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