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May 04 2018
toddak
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West Rim Trail - Zion NPSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 04 2018
toddak
Hiking27.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking27.00 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   2.35 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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Inspired by carriejane's recent monster Zion traverse, I wanted to do something similar, with all the best scenery but none of the running. A West Rim / East Rim traverse, Lava Point to the East entrance, was the ticket.

The Lava Point campground wasn't open yet and the last mile of the road down to the West Rim trailhead was gated shut, but it was still possible to walk through the campground to access Barney's shortcut trail to the trailhead. Easy forest walking to start, down and back up thru Potato Hollow, then huge views along the Rim route (west side of the split). Increasing crowds down into the main canyon and a short road walk, but much less traffic on the East Rim trail, a bit less scenic but still very pleasant. Excellent day.

Didn't check any of the springs and didn't see any water other than in the main canyon.
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average hiking speed 2.35 mph

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