With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I figured last week was the right time to make my return trip to southern Utah. During my last voyage to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, I walked the Emerald Pools trail and hiked up Bryce Point. But I knew there was so much more that I wanted to accomplish at Zion specifically.
Zion National Park
When I went to Zion back in July, the temperatures were hovering around the low-90s. So, this trip taking place in November would provide me more of an opportunity to explore without dealing with the heat. Angels Landing is a notoriously tough climb featured at Zion. This 5.4 mile round-trip is known for its extreme elevations and shortage of space. In fact, several people have actually died while climbing this mountain.
Angels Landing definitely provided many challenges, but it wasn’t too difficult for a hiker with my experience. It’s the last .5 mile or so that gets rough. Chains wind around the entire incline, which causes a lot of hold-ups as single-file climbing is the only way to scale this beast. We constantly had to wait to let slower hikers up or others making their way down. This was really the only snag I encountered on my way up and down. The remainder of the hike is strenuous, but certainly manageable – even for inexperienced hikers. The only real downside to the climb was not being able to bring my dog as animals were not allowed on this trail (and for good reason).
Emerald Pools…. Again
The Emerald Pools trail was so gorgeous back in July, I decided to attempt to walk it again. Unfortunately, the waterfalls were incredibly weaker than they had been in the summer thanks to a long period of time without rain. It was still well worth the trek – this has to be one of the most popular trails in the entire park as it was packed with people. Many fellow adventurers found entertainment in a deer that was not afraid of humans at all. The deer walked the path and then began to gallop beyond the many excited amateur photographers. Another memorable trip to Zion National Park was now complete.