Day 9 of Grand Canyon/Zion National Park Trip
Day 9 we are in Zion National Park and have decided to hike a trail called Angel’s Landing, which is one of the highest points in the park. Mark and Ian really wanted to do it and Becca sort of did. I said I would attempt it and Hannah agreed to go up part way. We had initially planned to hike separate, but we decided in the end to stay together as much as possible. They describe this hike as strenuous, it is 5.4 miles round trip and not recommended for small children or anyone fearful of heights. Some of it has chains to hold on to with footholds for your feet. At the beginning of the hike to Angel’s Landing. Hiking up the trail. Shortly after this is where we left Hannah waiting for us. She found a shady spot and set there the whole time. I couldn’t believe it when we came back down 3 hrs later that she was still there waiting for us! After we left Hannah we did a lot of zig zagging, and then entered a narrow canyon that was nice and cool, with neat rock formations. It had little caves and pockets in the rock walls that you could crawl through, so of course Ian and Becca had to try it out. This is where I wish Hannah had hiked to, it would have been a nice place for her to wait for us.
After going thru the canyon we came to what they called Walter’s Wiggles!
We were starting to get up high now.
Now we are into the chains and foothold part of the trail!
After climbing on the chains for a while we came to Scout Lookout and this is where I decided I had climbed enough and would wait on the rest of them to climb all the way to the top of the ridge behind us. I found a nice little shade tree and made friends with a chipmunk and lizard and waited about an hour or so.
They had to climb the ridge in the background, they climbed and climbed until they made it to the top!
From here you could almost see all of the park!
Then they had to make their way back down.
Down, Down, Down we went.
Then as we were going back through the narrow canyon area, where I wanted Hannah to wait, they found this! A Prairie Kingsnake.
After we picked Hannah back up and made it to the bottom, Ian decided to cool off.
We then made our way to the Lodge in the Park and had lunch, rested, re-energized and refilled our water bottles. We then went to the Grotto and hiked the Emerald Pools. We only went to the Lower and Middle Pools and decided to call it a day. We had hiked enough in the heat, which was 110 degrees.
So we decided to cool off!!
We were done for the day and went back and checked in to our new place we were staying, which was literally right outside the park. After we went out for another late dinner in Springdale, to a place called Wildcat Willies. Tomorrow is our last day in the park, and then we start back home.