Last Saturday we hiked Angel's Landing at Zion. The info board told us it would take 4 hours. We did it in three. But we were exhausted. It's a good thing Sunday was a rest day.
Monday we hiked the rim trail at Grand Canyon at sunrise. Then we hiked halfway down Bright Angel trail. The kids thought it was the most fun they'd ever had, until it was time to turn around and come back up! We had to pick the hottest day of the year, too--which caused our water to run out more quickly than we had expected. So instead of a nine-mile hike, we took the six-mile version.
It had never occurred to me before--but it makes perfect sense--that if it's 80 degrees at the top of the canyon, it's going to be about 100 degrees at the bottom. No wonder it was easier to negotiate the last 1.5 miles coming back up Bright Angel trail (rather than the first 1.5).
Tuesday we hiked a part of the Kaibab Trail, but because the windiest day of the year followed the hottest day of the year, we cut that short as well--for safety reasons.
We hadn't initially planned to, but we decided, since it was on our way home, to go back to Zion for some additional hikes. We stayed in the Zion Lodge Tuesday night, and it was heavenly to wake up to the sun-peaked cliffs of the park. Before breakfast we visited the Emerald pools. Following breakfast we found our favorite hike to be Hidden Canyon, something that we never even knew was there before. I've since spoken with others who agree with us that:
- They appreciate Zion National Park even more than Grand Canyon
- Their favorite Zion hike is Hidden Canyon
As for me, the Grand Canyon is gorgeous, but I still think that Utah is the most beautiful place on earth.