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Jul 30 2018
ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2018
ddgrunning
Hiking9.45 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking9.45 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   3.22 mph
1,785 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Arrived early for a family reunion at the Ruby's Inn campground, just outside of Bryce Canyon NP. Took the two kiddos with me and we did a hike/bike combo. Parked our bikes near the Sunrise TH and then drove over to the Fairyland TH. Hiked between the two and then biked back to the car.

It was a fun loop. Bryce Canyon is a surreal place. I didn't realize that most of the erosion that caused the formation of the hoodoos there was not running water, but rather the freeze/thaw effect, which apparently that area is prone to.

This trail was recommended as one with a little more solitude. This was true (compared to the Sunset/Sunrise superhighway we hiked the next day), though still passed several groups on the trail.

Great hike!
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May 23 2018
KBKB
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 Fountain Hills,
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 23 2018
KBKB
Hiking8.12 Miles 1,549 AEG
Hiking8.12 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   2.66 mph
1,549 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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On May 23, we stopped by Bryce Canyon on our way to Escalante. I wanted to do a hike that I had not yet done and which might also be somewhat less crowded, so I picked the Fairyland Loop Trail. My family wasn't really up for doing the loop though, so we did it as an out and back. I hiked with my wife and daughter for about 1.5 miles and then told my daughter that I was going to see what was "up around the next corner".

Well, it was awesome, so I continued up to the next corner, and the next, and the next, and so on until I had gone about 3.75 miles. I turned back and (eventually) rejoined them.

When I got back to the trailhead, I hiked a bit of the rim trail in the other direction to see what it was like. It's not nearly so awesome, though there were occasional views of the colorful canyon through the trees. I only did a little bit of it in the CCW direction, so cannot say what it's like further on.

I'd like to do the complete loop sometime since the section I did was really quite stunning.
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Oct 10 2017
friendofThunde
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Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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friendofThundergod
Hiking8.16 Miles 1,732 AEG
Hiking8.16 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   3.00 mph
1,732 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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This is a great little loop and very convenient if you stay at the north campground. The trail is immaculate and the scenery unique and picturesque. It was a very cold morning, so we had the loop to ourselves for awhile, but the crowds started to slowly trickle in towards the end. There are plenty of great photo ops on this trail and I can't imagine too many people going away disappointed.
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Sep 18 2017
Nightstalker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Nightstalker
Hiking8.71 Miles 1,632 AEG
Hiking8.71 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.82 mph
1,632 ft AEG      35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Spending a few days in Bryce Canyon National Park. Started the fun off with Fairyland loop. Parked at the Amphitheater and started on the Rim trail going clockwise. Started just before sunrise and took full advantage of the magic hour. Didn't see any other hikers until I got to Tower Bridge. Then there was a steady stream of hikers coming down from Sunrise Point. The best views were along the Rim Trail on top. Brisk 34 degree start to the day at 6AM. I was shedding layers after about 2.5 miles and was plenty hot on the last stretch from Tower Bridge back up to the Rim.
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Sep 05 2017
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Bryce Canyon National Park TrailsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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John9L
Hiking19.58 Miles 5,639 AEG
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I started my trip off at Bryce Canyon. I scored a campsite in the North Campground and got myself situated. I would hike a variety of trails over two days in the park and then move on towards Zion. This is my first time in Bryce.

Navajo Loop / Peakaboo Loop
It was late morning by the time I started this multi-loop hike. I headed down the narrow wall section which I really enjoyed. The trail is in excellent condition as it switches down. All of the trails in the park were in amazing condition. I headed down and then detoured to the Peakaboo Loop. The trail makes a respectable climb and then loops around under Bryce Point. The views are just breathtaking. The formations are incredible and the hoodoos are plentiful. I continued on and took a variety of pics as I completed the loop and started heading for Sunrise Point. I made a quick stop at the Queens Garden and then made the final climb out.

Viewpoints & Misc
I spent the evening with a couple of quick stops at Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. There were lots of people out but it wasn't overly crowded. I also took a shower at the General Store ($3 for 8 minutes and then settled in for the evening in my camp.

Fairyland Loop
On day two, I walked right out of my camp and headed for the Fairlyland Loop. I was planning on doing a counter-clockwise loop and wanted to be done around noon. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trail. I didn’t do any research. I just had GPS routes to follow. So I headed down and cruised to magnificent views that only got better. I continued down and took the short detour over to Tower Bridge which is an impressive formation. From there the trail makes a solid climb as it wraps its way to the NE towards Fairyland Canyon. This section blew me away. The formations are stunning and the colors are vibrant. Every turn brought a new perspective and I was in heaven. This stretch goes on for several miles and then I started my ascent back to the rim. Once up top I admired the section I just hiked through. It’s one of the most visually stunning sections of trail I’ve ever hiked! I would highly recommend! The rest of the hike along the rim was easy going as I looked down on the area I just hiked. A short time later I walked back into my camp to relax. I have a couple more hikes planned for the afternoon.

Mossy Cave
After taking my lunch in camp, I headed north and drove over to the Mossy Cave Trailhead. This is a short hike with a nice waterfall. There were several cars at the TH when I started hiking. The trail parallels a creek in Water Canyon. I walked over to the Mossy Cave which had a steady trickle of water pouring out. After that I headed over to the waterfall which is solid. It’s roughly 20 ft high and had a solid flow of water coming over. After admiring the waterfall I continued a bit up canyon and then turned around and made the hike out. I wanted to drive to the south end of the park and that would take some time.

Bristlecone Pine Loop
The drive to the south end of the park is very pleasant. It’s just under 20 miles with a variety of viewpoints along the way. I arrived and made a loop around the Bristlecone Pine Loop trail. The going is very easy and there are several viewpoints that look down on the valleys below. I was really glad I spent the time driving down here.

I would return to camp and spend one final night and then move on to NW Zion. I greatly enjoyed my time in Bryce and made good use of the time. This park is stunning and the hiking is easy going with incredible views. I highly recommend Bryce!
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Jun 09 2017
jochal
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 Mesa, AZ
Fairlyand/Tower Bridge Full Moon Night Hike, UT 
Fairlyand/Tower Bridge Full Moon Night Hike, UT
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2017
jochal
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Full moon hike at Bryce Canyon. Started from near the general store. Only went about a mile out, since we had a long drive after. Really want to go back and do this again with a tripod and plenty of time.
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Mar 18 2017
MikeS
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 Goodyear, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2017
MikeS
Hiking8.60 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.97 mph
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This was such a special trail run. So incredible beautiful. I truly enjoyed the tranquility and isolation. Amazing loop.
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Jan 14 2017
arizona_water
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 Salt River Valle
Bryce Canyon National Park TrailsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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XC Skiing4.67 Miles
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It was white-out snowing as my sister and I drove from Mt. Carmel Junction to Bryce. There were two inches of snow on the ground by the time we arrived at the entry gate. Ten minutes later, we parked at the sunrise point TH and the snowfall ceased. Five minutes after that, the clouds broke. Fresh snow and sunshine at Bryce is glorious.

We skied from the Fairyland viewpoint to Bryce Point. Most of the trails had been well-worn in from from snow shoes and boots, but we did have some extended sections of fresh powder, as well. I highly recommend cross country skiing on the rim trail. There's some nice, gentle elevation changes and incredible views.

I had been to Bryce once before, but it was in the summer and super crowded. Never again. If you haven't visited Bryce in winter, move it up your list :)
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Nov 06 2016
Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Booneman
Run/Jog8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
Run/Jog8.30 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   5.35 mph
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Woke up really early on a cold morning in the tent (26 degrees) and went to the lodge to warm up, literally. I hung out by the fire until it was light enough to hit the trail. Once I got moving and the sun came out I didn't need my jacket, hat or gloves so I stashed them at the Fairyland Trailhead. From there I just enjoyed the sunrise and solitude on this loop on the northern section of the main park.
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Oct 01 2016
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Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
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Hiking8.30 Miles 2,522 AEG
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Day 5 of our 10-day swing through northern AZ and southern UT found us at Bryce Canyon. We were staying in a B&B in the tiny town of Tropic after 3 nights of camping in the rain. The warm dry bed and a real shower had been most welcome. The inn keeper served a fine breakfast along with homemade granola and some apple slices for the trail.

We'd done Fairlyland a few years back, but you can't get enough of this place. There were still some parking spots at the trailhead and the sky was clear for a change. We dropped off the rim into the land of fanciful hoodoos, each of our cameras racing to see who'd kill their battery first. With all the stopping to take pictures, the pace was relaxed -- almost Tibberish. But Fairlyland is feast for the senses, not some fast food drive through kind of a hike.

We topped back out onto the Rim and took the trail towards our truck. The whole concept of a rim trail would seem to imply level. Not so much if you do Fairlyland clockwise. A storm was making noise off in the distance so we tried to make some time along the Rim, pausing only for the best spots for photos. The storm gave up before reaching us and we celebrated with granola and apple slices back at the trailhead.

Fairlyland never disappoints.
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Oct 01 2016
AZBeaver
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 Phoenix, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Hiking8.30 Miles 2,522 AEG
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Day 5 of our 10-day swing through northern AZ and southern UT found us at Bryce Canyon. We were staying in a B&B in the tiny town of Tropic after 3 nights of camping in the rain. The warm dry bed and a real shower had been most welcome. The inn keeper served a fine breakfast along with homemade granola and some apple slices for the trail.

We'd done Fairlyland a few years back, but you can't get enough of this place. There were still some parking spots at the trailhead and the sky was clear for a change. We dropped off the rim into the land of fanciful hoodoos, each of our cameras racing to see who'd kill their battery first. With all the stopping to take pictures, the pace was relaxed -- almost Tibberish. But Fairlyland is feast for the senses, not some fast food drive through kind of a hike.

We topped back out onto the Rim and took the trail towards our truck. The whole concept of a rim trail would seem to imply level. Not so much if you do Fairlyland clockwise. A storm was making noise off in the distance so we tried to make some time along the Rim, pausing only for the best spots for photos. The storm gave up before reaching us and we celebrated with granola and apple slices back at the trailhead.

Fairlyland never disappoints.
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Nov 30 2014
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Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Hiking8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
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May 31 2014
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Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT 
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT
 
Backpack avatar May 31 2014
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Backpack33.01 Miles 1,820 AEG
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Utah/Arizona Strip Trek – May/June 2014

Bryce Canyon NP (BRCA) & Zion (ZION) NP
Kodachrome Basin SP & Coral Pink Sands SP
Pipe Springs (PISP) NM & North Rim Grand Canyon (GRCA) NP

Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - Three National Parks, Two State Parks, One National Monument, Four Days, Three Nights, almost 1000 images, and 24 HAZ trails...

Prelude: Believe it or not but I’ve never been to Bryce Canyon or Zion. With 2 strikes already against me having previously attempted a trip in April (snowed out) and October (snowed out again), Lynn, the dogs and I made a late May attempt battling off strike three!


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DAY 1 - Saturday May 31st
7.44 miles hiking and 390 AEG (39 floors) on FitBit
442 miles on F-150

With business visitors Friday evening, we couldn’t hit the road until early Saturday morning. Made good time and stopped for lunch at the Page AZ Burger King before crossing the Glen Canyon Dam into Utah :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047 . Once in Utah, we passed some familiar sights in the Paria River Valley. Sad to hear the movie set from Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw - Josie Wales” was vandalized and burned to the ground :next: http://www.amwest-travel.com/awt_oldparia.html . Don’t know if I was one of the last to capture images before the set was burned to the ground :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647

Eventually drove past Moqui Cave just north of Kanab UT :next: http://utahcaves.blogspot.com/2008/06/moqui-caves.html . I’ve always wondered if this was a structure incorporating original Anasazi ruins. A little online research says definitely not…

We turned off SR89 and onto Utah Scenic Highway 12 :next: http://www.scenicbyway12.com/ . This was a treat for the first time (finally). Red Canyon gave us a hint of the “eye-candy” yet to come. Stopped at one of the pull-outs along SR12 and hiked the Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926 and a section of Golden Wall Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023 plus some connector trails (Red Canyon Tunnel Trail and Photographers Trail) :next: http://www.utah-trails.com/Tunnel-Trail and http://www.utah-trails.com/Golden-Wall- ... orn-Trails

We eventually wandered into our “pet friendly” basecamp at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City located just north of the park entrance :next: http://www.rubysinn.com/ and http://www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-hi ... hotos.html . This certainly was an international gathering of German, French, and Japanese tourist! After fixing a quick dinner at our basecamp hotel room, needed to stretch those legs around the Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366 .


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Sunday June 1st
10.71 miles and 780 AEG (78 floors) on FitBit
84 miles on F-150

Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/parknews/upload ... 14-web.pdf

Pets in Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm
"Pets are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point"

We knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Undeterred, the Bryce “eye-candy” made up for any missed opportunities :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935 . The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367 offered our first glimpse of the Amphitheater Region. Lynn and I then took turns minding the dogs up on top of the rim to give us each a chance to hike the Navajo and/or Queen’s Garden Loops. See :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998 .

Bryce Amphitheater Region map :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/u ... er-web.pdf
Fairyland Point
Sunrise Point
Sunrise to Sunset Point paved connector trail is dog friendly Sunset Point Inspiration Point Bryce Point

Bryce Southern Scenic Drive viewpoint map :next: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench, Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Black Birch Canyon, Rainbow Point & Yovimpa Points

I had scouted up the Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918 that connects Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Points as a “photo op”. Unfortunately the trail was closed…

On the drive back from the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Fairyland Point. Lynn and the dogs stayed at the rim top while I ventured down the Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546

With the hour approaching 6pm and knowing we still had a couple of hours daylight left, we agreed to head the F-150 over to Kodachrome Basin SP :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/kodachr ... state-park located 7 miles off Highway 12 near Cannonville on Cottonwood Canyon Road :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... erview.png . I had previously viewed Kodachrome Basin from the south on an approach heading north up Cottonwood Canyon Road. On that occasion we had to abort our trip due to slick mud. This time I had an opportunity to view Kodachrome Basin from within the basin – nice! Pre-trip suggestions indicated Angels Palace or Shakespeare's Arch as highly recommended destinations :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Kodachro ... le-UT-5584 . Hiked Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999 followed by an aborted attempt of Shakespeare’s Arch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394 prior to a sundown picnic dinner at TH parking lot. Arrived back at Ruby's Inn basecamp to catch Hawks-Kings game and Game of Thrones...


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Monday June 2nd
6.61 miles and 150 AEG (15 floors) on FitBit
245 miles on F-150

Zion NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
1hr 44min drive per Google Maps from Ruby's Inn to Zion Lodge
Zion 2014 park map and guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/u ... MG2014.pdf

Once again we knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Dogs are allowed on Pa'rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Trail connects Canyon Junction and Zion Visitor Center. Prior to entering the 1.1 mile long Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel on SR9, it was recommended to us to make a stop at the Canyon Overlook Trail :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-c ... -trail.htm and http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/ ... erlook.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368 Once near the Zion Visitor Center, I managed to grab the last available parking spot and we headed out along the Pa’rus trail as mid-morning temperatures hit the mid-80’s. With the scene reminding us too much of Sedona (the bad, not the good), we agreed to head up into the mountains and cooler climate along a back road I had scouted up as “Plan B”. Kolob Terrace Road was identified as an alternative since Zion Canyon can only be accessed by shuttle vehicles (no dogs allowed) :next: http://www.takemytrip.com/07zion/07_08a.htm .
We had a pleasant lunch up at Lava Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/l ... ground.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369 before checking out the West Rim TH :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/w ... -trail.htm and Kolob Reservoir :next: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/detai ... 1154730183 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370 .


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Tuesday June 3rd
8.25 miles and 500 AEG (50 floors) on FitBit
572 miles on F-150

“Getaway Home Day” via a natural curiosity, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/coral-p ... state-park and http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... alpink.jpg and http://www.zionnational-park.com/sdhike.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221 . We discovered colonies of rare Tiger Beetles (only 600-3000 total population of beetles) while hiking the dunes :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and were also treated to a fascinating display of late spring flowers while hiking the Nature Trail :next: http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_coral_pink.htm . South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes in the Mosquith Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601 . From Hancock Road – Yellow Jacket Road intersection, drive 3.5 miles passing the Ponderosa Campground until you reach the intersection of Hancock Road and the 4WD Sand Spring Road on the right. A 4WD vehicle allows travel within .5 mile of the pictographs. If your vehicle will not make it on the soft sandy roads, walk from the "T" in Hancock Road and Sand Dune Spring Road. It is 4 miles, one way, to the pictographs. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to pictographs and petroglyphs begins. From the parking area, walk northeast to locate a path of use through the sand. Continue the gradual descent down the obvious trail. The trail soon becomes obvious as it continues east and then switches direction after a small drop down through the rocks. Continue descending and then traversing the hillside beneath the cliff band on hikers left. Shortly you will arrive at the (chain-link fence protected) South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs. The distance from the parking lot to the pictographs is about .5 mile and the descent is about 150'. The pictographs sit at the back of a large alcove and pictures must be taken from behind the fence 30' away :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/moquith-mountain.htm and http://www.zionnational-park.com/images ... ndex32.htm . This area is a unique hidden gem – highly recommended (and no HAZer has visited this place before?)!

Pipe Springs National Monument :next: http://www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229 .

North Rim of Grand Canyon :next: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-nr.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/u ... im-Map.pdf

Prior to our visit we knew about limited options hiking with dogs at the Grand Canyon North Rim; “Dogs on the North Rim; are not allowed other than the Bridle Trail (Greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance.”

Bridle Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810

Made a stop at the Marble Canyon Navajo Bridge and found “condor city” :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778 before stopping in Flagstaff for a late dinner. Arrived back home just before midnight…


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HIKING SUMMARY
7.44 miles, 390 AEG Saturday
10.71 miles, 780 AEG Sunday
6.61 miles, 150 AEG Monday
8.25 miles, 500 AEG Tuesday

TOTAL = 33.01 miles, 1820 AEG, 24 HAZ trails


141 images on iPhone
310 images on Canon Rebel XT
438 images on Canon 6D
61 images on Canon 7D

TOTAL = 950 images on 4 cameras...


F-150 SUMMARY
442 miles driving Saturday
84 miles driving Sunday
245 miles driving Monday
572 miles driving Tuesday

TOTAL = 1343 miles on F-150 (20.8 mpg). Assuming $3.80 per gallon average, that’s 64.5 gallons consumed for a trip cost of $245.35…


EDITORIAL COMMENT; Coffee in Utah sucks. Maybe that’s too rash since I didn't stop and try the Cafe Adobe/Expresso Rock Shop in Hatch UT... Took a Starbucks “fix” in Flagstaff to return me to equilibrium!

That NPS annual pass comes thru again for $25 entry into Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, plus $8 for Pipe Spring...

Aiming for Fall colour redux at Bryce Canyon Lodge the 1st week of October (looks like only Oct 4-6 or Oct 18-21 availability)? Cabin rentals are $212 per night plus multiple convenience fees and surcharges. Want to get some sunrise/sunset "golden hour" images...

PS - I see this trip tripped me over the 3K distance line for miles logged on HAZ :y:

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Glen Canyon Dam :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047
Paria Movie Set :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647
Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926
Golden Wall :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023
Ruby’s Inn Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366

Bryce Canyon NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935
Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367
Navajo Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000
Queen’s Garden Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998
Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918
Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546
Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999
Shakespeare Arch Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394

Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368
Pa’rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Lava Point Overlook, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369
Kolob Reservoir Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221
South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601
Pipe Springs NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229
Bridle Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810
Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778



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Concentrated around Bryce Canyon NP and Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP
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Sep 26 2013
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
 Routes 62
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2013
AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.17 mph
2,309 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Visiting Bryce and this was very high on our to-do list. Hiked clockwise from the Fairyland Viewpoint trail head. Temps were in the 50s as we started down the gentle slope into Fairyland Canyon. Never got above 63 for the day, but every exposed point on the trail had winds that would make you grab your hat.

Expect this hike to take longer than you planned. Around every curve in the trail is another view that demands a photo. I took about 10 per mile and will treasure many of them for a lifetime.

The trail is not overly crowded considering it is in a national park. We saw maybe 2 dozen hikers on the loop.

The highlights of Tower Bridge and the Chinese Wall are well documented, but there is an amazing abundance of detail surrounding you. Take the time to look closely at where you are and you will be rewarded. This hike can be a moving experience if you open yourself to its beauty and majesty. Strongly recommended. Enjoy!

(Photos when I get back to Phoenix.)
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Sep 02 2013
Lucyan
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 Routes 1
 Photos 12,149
 Triplogs 742

39 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2013
Lucyan
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   4 Hrs      2.08 mph
2,309 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 16 2012
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2012
slowandsteady
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles
2,309 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This hike is just amazing. There is just something different to see around every turn. We started hiking at 8am and only saw 17 other hikers. Walking down and getting closer and closer to Tower Bridge was my favorite part.
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Jul 20 2010
rally_toad
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 Guides 21
 Routes 4
 Photos 512
 Triplogs 433

29 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2010
rally_toad
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles
2,309 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Nice long day hike in Bryce! Beautiful weather, as soon as we got back into the car it started raining, couldn't have timed it better.
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May 26 2010
Trishness
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 Guides 14
 Photos 720
 Triplogs 187

61 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 26 2010
Trishness
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.37 mph
2,309 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Well, it took me 6 weeks to post my hike description and a year to post my trip log and add pictures. Oh well.....guess I've been busy.

We met a nice elderly gentleman from Texas who took our picture at the TH. Maybe saw 16 people all day. This is a gorgeous hike with eye candy at every turn of the trail. Really windy...as a matter of fact it was so windy we met up with a young 20-something woman from Boston whose Bo-Sox hat blew off and was sitting 100 feet down a 45 degree scree slope and she was skittish about getting down there to retrieve it. So I showed her the "Arizona Butt-Scoot" and got it for her. HECK...this is a RED SOX cap and I couldn't leave it in the middle of Utah!

Awesome hike.....beautiful day for our last day in Bryce.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 26 1992
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Fairyland Loop TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 26 1992
mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
After Peekaboo and Queens Garden we drove over to Fairyland Point and went out along Fairyland trail and back. Then we took the Rim trail towards the visitor center. After about a mile or so I told the others to carry on and I would drive around and pick them up.

Good choice - I drove around and when I got to Sunrise Point where I would pick them up a huge thunderstorm rolled in and soaked everyone but me! I guess worse than that was the lightning was a bit scary walking along the exposed rim trail. I was nice and dry in the vehicle in the campground. After the storm went I walked down to meet the others.
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average hiking speed 2.36 mph

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.

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