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Middle Echo, UT

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,434 feet
Elevation Gain 2 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.71
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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29  2013-09-18 outdoor_lover
Author SparkyJackie
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 0
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Trips 205 ( 1,010 miles )
Age 31 Female Gender
Location Murray, UT
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 10 AM
Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  5:20am - 7:37pm
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A fun short Canyon
by SparkyJackie

History: The Echo Canyon trail is the oldest trail in and out of Zion Canyon. Just prior to the turn of the 20th century, Utah Pioneer John Winder reworked the existing Paiute trail up Echo Canyon to drive cattle up to the rim. He was only partially successful, as the trail was still extremely precarious. Here, John is seen canyoneering with his horse in Echo Canyon.

The start of Echo Canyon: Subterranean is the best description for Echo Canyon. This is a splendid journey deep within the sandstone, with a couple short rappels and a handful of short but extremely cold swims, then a splendid exit through interesting narrows with fabulous acoustics. Echo is well hidden and its water remains very cold through the summer. Shortee wetsuits are VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Echo even in high summer. More protection will be needed in less than blazing hot conditions.

Into the Canyon: the canyon narrows up right away, but takes a while to really get going. After about 20 minutes, the first rappel is found, after wading a few gooey looking pools. (The first rappel is off a kind of loose log (as of 5/28/01) tied off to a pretty good chockstone. Check this anchor carefully before weighting it). With the first rappel, the canyon goes fully subterranean, almost requiring headlamps. There are four short rappels into pools or to the edge of pools. The pools are big, round, deep, cold, and covered with floating debris. And smell like poo.

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2012-01-02 SparkyJackie
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    Zion National Park
    Zion Per Car/7 Day Entrance Fee (Permits such as backcountry and such may pertain too)

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To canyon trip
    Getting There: Take the shuttle to Weeping Rock and hike up the Echo Canyon Trail toward Observation Point. About 45 minutes from the road, the trail crosses (and briefly follows) Echo Canyon. This is where you will come out. Continue up the trail another 15-20 minutes to an official trail junction. Take the right branch toward Cable Mountain, down toward Echo Canyon. After about 10 minutes, the trail crosses a small canyon. About 40 feet further, step off the trail to the right, and follow a small trail along the rim of the small canyon, and then down steep dirt into the canyon.
    page created by SparkyJackie on Jan 02 2012 12:09 pm
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