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May 21 2018
KBKB
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar May 21 2018
KBKB
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 246 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   1.14 mph
246 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break20 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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My wife, my daughter, and I hiked from the Temple of Sinawava to the narrows and then entered the narrows until we reached Orderville Canyon. We went about half a mile into Orderville and then returned to the narrows. We continued another half mile up-canyon in the narrows before returning.

We made it one waterfall further up Orderville this year. This didn't add a tremendous amount of distance, but we felt like we had accomplished something nonetheless. We stopped at a waterfall which would have required ascending a right leaning log and then perhaps stepping onto a floating log to gain the ledge above. My daughter started to go to the log, but I told her to return when I saw the water go to neck level.

Also, we hadn't been up the Narrows beyond Orderville in the past - it was nice to see that part of the Narrows past the intersection with Orderville.

It seemed easier this year - I think that the water level was lower. Most of our hiking through water ended up being no higher than crotch level. It got somewhat higher in a few spots last year.

It was a busy canyon on the day we did it, but a lot of fun regardless.
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Sep 07 2017
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar Sep 07 2017
John9L
Canyoneering3.76 Miles 150 AEG
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For my last trip I headed into the Narrows. I planned on hiking a couple of miles up canyon and then I would return to Phoenix that evening. I left a very crowded shuttle stop around 5pm and started in. The first mile is paved and easy going. Lot's of people were hiking out as I made my way to the Narrows. After a bit the walls narrowed and it was time to get your feet wet. I grabbed a stick propped against the wall and started in. The going is fairly straightforward and the stick helped a lot with balance. I continued in and made a few turns. I was keeping a close eye on the time as I took a variety of pics. The Narrows are just breathtaking and I wanted to see more. I soaked in what I could and then headed out. I jumped on a bus and returned to the visitor center and loaded up and made the drive home. Another trip in the books.
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Aug 15 2016
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2016
Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Braved the very, very, very crowded river walk trail, or whatever it is called, and headed up the cold river in to the canyon. With the crowds up in the river, and the swift current and frigid waters, this is something I would do once and probably never do again. If there was one thing that really hit home, it was that America's National Park are visited by virtually everyone but Americans.
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May 28 2016
jochal
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36 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Riverside WalkSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
jochal
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Followed the Narrows up for an hour before turning around.
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Oct 12 2015
hippiepunkpirate
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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hippiepunkpirate
Canyoneering3.40 Miles 150 AEG
Canyoneering3.40 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.94 mph
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Went to Vegas for a wedding and hit this on the way back to Page. Didn't leave Vegas as early as I hoped so I only had about two hours of hiking available. Made the most of it and nearly ran the first mile of the river-walk to get to the good stuff. Sprinkled in some photography and made it about 2/3 of a mile past the end of the trail before having to turn back. It was super-pretty back in there and I'd love to go back for more. Not sure when that will be as my season at Glen Canyon ends on Oct. 17th and I'll be back in the Valley again.
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A few yellow leaves here and there, but still overwhelmingly green for the most part. Fall is definitely coming to Zion soon, however!
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Aug 01 2015
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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ddgrunning
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   1.47 mph
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Hiked up the bottom of the Narrows from Temple of Sinawava Trail, along with about 6,000 of my closest friends :roll: Mileage is a guess, as my GPS had a pretty difficult time in the narrow canyon. It's a beautiful place, and knowing that this is a very popular hike, I anticipated there wouldn't be much "alone" time on this one. I'm not typically a solitude snob, but honestly the huge crowds detracted a bit from the experience for me.
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Jul 12 2015
Johnnie
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 Joined Nov 29 2009
 Gilbert, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Johnnie
Canyoneering16.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
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I joined some friends from Prescott for a trip up to Zion National Park (my first) I can't believe I waited all these years to visit that park. Lots of fun was had by all. We went to Angels landing (quite breath taking) although I didnt make it all the way up with the rest of the group. The jewel of the trip was doing "The Narrows" from top to bottom with an overnight in the middle. If this hike isnt at the top of my list of several thousand miles of hikes I've done then its at least in the top 2 or 3. I have included a few photos to share , I hope you enjoy
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Mar 18 2015
iborrego
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 Joined Oct 13 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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iborrego
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Mar 15 2015
leonesiegel
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62 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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leonesiegel
Hiking2.00 Miles
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We hiked in the river just a short distance as the water temp was 41 degrees!
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Jun 25 2014
charlieaz
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 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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charlieaz
Canyoneering17.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
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This was the highlight of our week-long stay in Zion NP. We secured an online permit to stay overnight in the narrows at campsite #12 which is just around the corner from Big Springs. When we do it again we’ll probably choose a campsite a little further upstream. The 11 mile first day was a bit challenging with our packs, even though they were lighter than usual. We secured passage to the trailhead via one of the local shuttle services (about $35/person). We already had good water shoes and decided to invest in some neoprene socks at Sportsman Warehouse for $20 a pair. Well worth the money!

The Virgin River water level was really low. I expected it to be low since it was late June, but it could hardly be called a river when we did this hike. In fact, just before we reached Deep Creek it was all but dried up. But Deep Creek was a roaring river.

The first day we only saw a couple of people in the canyon. They were on the same shuttle as us driving up to the trailhead. Other than that the canyon was ours. The solitude was great and I guess the silver lining in the low water level was it was fairly easy going.

The advantage of being in campsite #12 is that day two means only 5 miles to go. We were visited by park rangers early in the morning on day two and another couple of hikers after that who apparently didn’t know or care that Big Springs is the stopping point for those coming from the bottom.

The first half of the second day was my favorite part of the hike. There was lots of water, beautiful canyon walls and few people. But as we closed in on the end of the hike the massive number of people coming from the bottom up surprised me . . . and I was expecting a lot of people.

This was a spectacular hike filled with a lot of adventure and fun, beauty and serenity. The night in the canyon was so peaceful listening to the birds and running water while I dozed off in my hammock. There were swimming holes everywhere; one right next to camp. The temperature was perfect. I didn’t even need my sleeping bag most of the night.
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Jun 24 2014
autumnstars
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Backpack avatar Jun 24 2014
autumnstars
Backpack16.00 Miles 90 AEG
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It was a delight to enjoy this hike over two relaxed days, instead of one long day as I have before. A slower pace provided plenty of time to look around, take pictures, and soak up the surroundings. Two of our group of six had never been backpacking before, and this is a nice introduction in my opinion - amazing scenery, only one night, and no need to carry huge loads of water. Flow in the North Fork was even lower than usual for late June and the water temperature was almost 65 F, so no need for anything fancy. Just water shoes with a decent wool sock.

I didn't remember the bathroom at the trailhead, but after a terror-inducing shuttle ride :scared: (driver was late to pick us up and trying to make up time), we were all happy to use it before getting started. With new backpackers in the group, we used the old road at the beginning of the hike to get them used to hiking with the pack and make any minor strap adjustments. Once we reached the water, it was interesting to see who tried to keep dry feet and who just got straight in.

As the walls slowly grew higher and closed in on the river, we spotted a number of American dippers on boulders. No one else had ever seen one, so we spent quite a bit of time enjoying their quirky behavior. Even with 102 degree temps, the shade and water kept things pleasant, and silence fell over the group as we hiked through the first narrows section. The pool below the waterfall looked pretty low, so no one risked jumping, but we all made sure to get nice and wet anyway. :D

As usual, the flow level doubled where Deep Creek joined the main canyon. This is where the hiking starts to get more fun if you enjoy hiking in water - more flow, less visible and certain footing. Most of the campsites are after this confluence, and the two newbies were counting sites as they began to tire. A deer greeted us just before our campsite, and we saw him again the next day near Big Springs. We stayed at Site 9, which was nice. Far enough off the water not to be bothered by other hikers, and right up against a rock wall that echoed the sounds of the flowing water back at you. We relaxed with Yahtzee and a few adult beverages in camp.

We opted for the luxury of sleeping in the next morning. Most of our group had arrived at the campground quite late the night before starting, so we had only gotten something like 5 hours sleep beforehand. A late start was no problem, though, since we had ~6 miles for the day. This last section is the most scenic part of the hike with the longest continuous narrows, and we took our time enjoying it. The deepest unavoidable pool wasn't even waist-deep. Soon, however, we started to encounter the usual hoards of people near the mouth, and knew our trip was almost at an end. Odd to walk the last mile on pavement - I'll never get used to that.


We used a commercial shuttle service, and saving the 4 hours retrieving your vehicle at the end of the hike was worth it to me. However, the road to the trailhead was in the best shape I have ever seen it, and a car (driven slowly) could easily make it without damage.

The winner for Most Inappropriate Footwear easily went to two people hiking up the water in really fancy off-road motorcycle boots. :o But, what a way to ruin your expensive boots!

Funniest thing asked of us by a day hiker, hiking upriver in the narrows section:
"How much further until I see something interesting?" :doh:
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Mimulus and columbine flowering at the springs and seeps provided a welcome bit of color. Also a few penstemon flowering along the road near the trailhead.
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May 24 2014
Dave1
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 Routes 29
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44 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Dave1
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Jul 03 2013
Dennyforreal
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35 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Dennyforreal
Hiking8.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
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Jun 26 2013
Lucyan
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40 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Lucyan
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
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Jun 07 2013
toddak
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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toddak
Canyoneering16.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
Canyoneering16.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.60 mph
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Phenomenal scenery top to bottom, not even the hordes of tourists near the end could diminish the grandeur. Nice water temp, flow was about 40 CFS, low for this time of year but very pleasant, made for easy crossings, only a few waist-deep wades. $30 for the commercial shuttle to the start.
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Jun 07 2013
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 AZ
Zion Canyoneering Extravaganza, UT 
Zion Canyoneering Extravaganza, UT
 
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oceanwithin
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Six canyons with five companions in four days = one unforgettable adventure.


Day 1: Warming Up

- Hidden Star Canyon - 1.3 miles, 3/4B I. It was hotty mchothot out but the water was nice and cold. Got some practice boosting out of a keeper pothole using a foot-loop and a helping hand from the ledge above. Really cool, interesting little canyon and the geology of it was very worthwhile to see. Perfect way to break up the drive into Zion.

- Keyhole Canyon - .75 miles, 3B I. Another great little canyon with surprisingly sweet narrows and fun rappels. We moved through very fast but had a blast the whole time. Definitely needed the wetsuit on this one as some of the pools were COLD.

Day 2: Pure Enjoyment
- Mystery Canyon, 6 miles, 3B III. Since I won the permits ( :y: ), it was decided that us girls would lead the boys through and do all of the rope work. I loved Mystery so much; it was so enjoyable with all the best parts about canyoneering wrapped into one canyon. The 2nd to last big rappel was unbelieveably beautiful, an enormous stone room with a lush spring at the bottom. The last rappel goes right into the virgin river and there were a TON of people hiking the narrows who stopped to cheer as we all made it down. Good times. :)


Day 3: The More the Merrier
-Spry Canyon - 3 miles, 3B III. Enjoyable day through this classic canyon, starting off with a long scramble up a steep slickrock section. The timing was perfect as we ran into a couple who ended up sticking their only rope and would have been stranded between rappels if we didn't happen to be right ahead of them when it happened. We gained two group members as they used our ropes and finished the canyon with us, then leading us to the sweet swimming hole at pine creek before going our separate ways. Glad it all turned out ok and they were able to make it out of there with us.


Day 4: Icing on the Cake
- Englestead Canyon/Orderville Canyon exit- 7.6 miles, 4B III. Englestead doesn't waste any time getting intense as it immediately starts off with a whopping 300' rappel into a deep, dark, sculpted cavern. The canyon keeps dropping, twisting and turning and then drops again after a long walk through perfectly-formed hallway. The hike out through Orderville was so worthwhile with the incredible narrow walls, water that appears out of nowhere and ever-changing geology. The day went by much too fast and before I knew it we were back on the virgin river, hiking towards the exit with 4 full days of canyoneering behind us.



What a trip. Zion is an immenstely beautiful and humbling place and I have an ever greater love for it after getting to see so many of its hidden gems this weekend. I am so appreciative of the amount of planning & logistics that went into this trip as everything went without a hitch, and I can't imagine doing it all with better people. The next trip there is already in the making... :D
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Oct 13 2012
Hiking_Fool
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59 male
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Hiking_Fool
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
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I will have to go back and do this hike.
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Sep 01 2012
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 Joined Jan 03 2011
 chandler, Az
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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DBmooner
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 400 AEG
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i was un able to get a last min. permet to do a top to bottom so i went and did angles landing .after i finish angels landing i decided to go meet up with my freind in the narrows as they finished up eaglestead hollow i went about 3 miles in befor i ran into them.
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Jul 01 2011
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 Tempe, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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arsine
Hiking16.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
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:D very interesting trail along creek. it's so cool inside the canyon in summer. will take a swimming donut next time. :DANCE:
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 Phoenix, AZ
Zion NarrowsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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lb4449
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 1,865 AEG
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