Hiked up Spencer with JJ. Good 5G at the top from Page even on my cheapie prepaid Verizon, which is signal throttled vs standard plans.
Parted ways with JJ and hiked down to the trailhead. I jumped in the jjiii rocket and respectively weaved through the hogans up to Horseshoe Bend. Driving around in dad's 911 was a riot as a kid but the jjiii has exceptional acceleration vs that 80s toy.
As JJ described, entering Horseshoe Bend is like waiting in one of the three lines at emissions. I don't follow 9aLtrails so I had no clue that 4,000 people visit here on average daily.
Piestewa was the busiest inner-city trail a decade ago but that's half the "explorers" vs the now mighty Horseshoe Bend. The Conga line here is slower, it's a paved walk and not one hello Joe.
JJ's plan was to hike to the flip side peninsula so I could get a photo of him ~0.6 mi across. Echos carried across better than I would have expected but boy howdy was he tiny.
The AEG on Horseshoe is pathetic but cool to experience once.
Hiked Horseshoe Bend Overlook with Victoria and YSP as part of our Glen Canyon trip.
On the way back from Glen Canyon we stopped at Horseshoe bend for pictures. It looks like they have finally finished the trailhead renovations and are now charging $10 per vehicle to park (which is a pretty steep price given how short the hike is). On the plus side, it does seem to have reduced the crowds somewhat compared to the last time I was here (although covid could be contributing to that as well).
We got lots of pictures and enjoyed the view for a while. We did not stay long as it was pretty hot and most people were tired from the trip.
Given the new steep price, I probably wouldn't go back unless I was bringing someone new who had never been there before (which was also the case with most of the YSP people on the trip this time)
I’ve never been and wanted to see it for sunset, so we made a pit stop on our way home from Utah. I’m glad I got to see it, but would never return. I honestly think the overlook of Goosenecks is way prettier Clean bathrooms before a long drive home were a bonus!
Another bucket list lifetime highlight. Next I plan to do a R2R so I can continue my attempt to be like other people!
Posted a new GPS track aligned to the rebuilt trail. All the old routes posted here cut through an area now closed to hiking. Speaking of which, the new development makes the hike description in need of significant revision. GCRA/NPS/ATB entrance fees are not valid here. Call it the City of Page Sheep Tax. But at least I'm cool now.
Took the in-laws on a little 2-day road trip to Page and Zion. 77-year old grandpa made it up to the Canyon Overlook in Zion just fine. The Park was really crowded though, being the Presidents Day weekend.
Stop 1. Historic Railroad Trail, NV.
Stop 2 & 3. Lava Butte 4x4 Trail and Nellis Sand Dunes.
Stop 4 & 5. Little Finland and Hafen Lane Park..
Stop 6. Toquerville Falls.
Stop 7. Alstrom Point. Stop 8. Horseshoe Bend. This was a great spot to meet up with some friends. Weather was great for the short hike. We spent about 90 minutes here.
Construction is ongoing. Though part of the parking lot and the pay station is operational. ($10 entrance fee). Wife and I estimated that on this day alone, they were going get close to 1000 cars. Do the math! This is one of those hikes, where it is not about the hike but about the destination. Followed the masses up and over the hill and down to the viewing platform. The path was easy to follow and very wide to accommodate the herd. Looks like they might be adding on to the "trails" as I could see structures just to the east. Views were nice. Could see boaters and campers at the bottom. Temps were awesome. Upper 70's with clear blue skies. No wildlife, except for some lizards which captured the attention of some tourist cameras. Incredible array of cultures! Noticed the entire weekend in Page that there were as many foreign visitors as American visitors. I would not have thought of Page as being an international destination, but apparently it is
I thought about doing Spencer trail but was afraid of the heat and going solo. I figured this was the next best thing with that kind of view and I was in the area. Wow this place is busy with a Smorgasbord of people. They are working on some of the trail and view spots. It is an awesome sight. Some of the trail is sandy so maybe not open toes. Short trail but it's hot. Some people seemed a little heated and some carried no water.
After signing up for an Upper Antelope Canyon tour, we headed over here to kill some time until our tour started. I've been here before, but my wife never has. What a zoo, there were tons of people! I think there was a selfie stick convention going on. Ha. The view was as good as ever though we stayed away from the main vantage point as there was just too many people around (though compared to Antelope Canyon, it wasn't bad). It looks like the renovations have begun as there was heavy equipment at the parking lot.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
As a secondary part of my trip to Page, AZ and my tour of Antelope Canyon, I had some time to kill so I visited the Horseshoe Bend. Nice little trail up to the top of a sand dune and then down to the abrupt thousand foot vertical cliffs forming the bend along the Colorado River. It was quite crowded with all kinds of people scurrying around and very few of them spoke the English tongue. Camera's, cell phones and selfi sticks were the popular item to have on hand.
It's a beautiful sight to behold but a quick tip to myself includes to wait until later in the day when the sun isn't from behind creating those nasty dark shadows. I had planned on returning after touring Lower Antelope Canyon to catch a sunset but I had been going continuously since 0230 this morning and I kinda passed out at the campsite and missed the sunset hours If I have a chance to return, I'll keep this in mind...
On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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.