Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Zion NP-Grotto Trail-11/05/14

Wednesday – November 5, 2014
Grotto Trail Hike
Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful weather while visiting Utah. Once again, we are favored with a sunny day with the temperature in the low sixties.

We hiked three trails today, starting with the Grotto Trail at 12:00 p.m., then the Kayenta Trail and ending with the Lower Emerald Pool Trail.

Grotto Trail
This trail is marked as easy and follows the Virgin River. Beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains are absolutely astounding.

While hiking this trail we spotted two rock-climbers climbing one of the mountains. They have got to have nerves of steel to climb these barefaced, vertical walls of rock, hundreds, if not thousands, of feet high.

Kayenta Trail
This trail is marked as moderate. Major segments of the trail have moderate drop-offs. This trail connects the Grotto Trail to the Emerald Pools Trails. This is a very scenic trail, at a higher altitude than the Grotto Trail, and follows the Virgin River and the wall of the canyon.

Lower Emerald Pool Trail
This trail is marked as easy and is a 1.2-mile paved trail. Waterfalls cascade down the sides of the mountain from different locations, emptying into the Lower Emerald Pool.

We hiked a total of 3.46 miles, stopping frequently to photograph the magnificent scenery surrounding us. We spent about 2 hours and forty-five minutes hiking the three trails. We made our way back to our campsite at the Watchman campground and had a delightful picnic lunch.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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