My bachelor party hike across Zion was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences I have had. Seeing so much of the park, and doing so with my closest friends, was unforgettable. What I have yet to share was a bit more exploring I did with my friends after we complete most of the trans-zion trek.
While a few folks had to depart after we returned to Springdale, Doug, Jamie, Charles and I stuck around and left early the next morning to head up the narrows.
The narrows is maybe the most incredible hike in the world. After a 20 minute bus ride up Zion Canyon, you walk about a mile down a trail as the walls of the canyon work their way closer and closer to you. Eventually, there is no longer enough room for a trail and hikers begin trudging their way through the waist-deep river.
Working our way up the river for about 2 or 3 miles, we reached the canyon’s junction with Orderville Canyon and the incredible Wall Street section of the river. Opting to save Wall Street for the end, we hung a right and worked our way up Orderville.
Exploring Orderville meant navigating a series of obstructions built by flash floods. Some were quite passable and just required a little balance. Others were not so easy.
After about 20 minutes we reached an obstacle we probably would have considered impassable had it not been for the large group of young girls who were already passing the small falls. One-by-one we carefully slide on our butts up the side of the canyon before making an uncomfortable long step onto a narrow rock.
Missing the long step was not a big deal. It just meant a short ride down a slick and wet sandstone slide into a shoulder deep pool of water. All of us made the step except Jamie whose foot slipped, sending him into a cold and wet plunge. As he slide around the corner he braced himself with his oft-injured shoulder which slipped out of its socket.
Luckily this was not a new experience for Jamie and he quickly relocated his dislocated shoulder. A bit of soreness for a while, but not disaster. Doug, Charles and I continue up the canyon for about ten minutes and then turned around back towards the main canyon.
Every time I visit the narrows (this was #3) I am shocked by the scale and beauty. I’ve been in March with Jess, solo in June, and then with friends this past June. And, while you can’t beat the privacy of a March visit, the need to wear dry suits kills some of the enjoyment. Sliding in and out of the water to deal with the 95+ degree heat is a the perfect summer activity.
With only a half day left in Zion before heading to Las Vegas, Dan (who had just met up with us), Charles, and I wanted to get another quick hike in. I suggested climbing up to Echo Canyon on the trail to observation points.
We rode the park shuttle, hopped off, and began the the climb up the switchbacks to Echo. We were huffing it pretty good by the time we got there, but the quiet, solitude and beauty of the canyon were well worth it. I’ll let the pictures do the talking: