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5 Amazing Hikes in Zion National Park

I have been to Zion National Park quite a few times now, and I absolutely love this national park. Here are the top 5 hikes in my opinion, that you can check out during your trip to Zion.

Getting around the park

The best way to get to the trailheads, or anywhere else in the park is to take the shuttle. It is free, and comes by every 10 to 15 minutes. You won’t have to wait long for a ride. The secondary option is to ride your bike in, or walk it.

1. Hike to the top of Angels Landing

  • Miles: 5.4
  • Trailhead: The Grotto
  • Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Angels Landing is probably the most known hike in Zion National Park. It is a quick ascent up Walter’s wiggles and leads to gorgeous views looking west to the Court of the Patriarchs, and east to the Virgin River below. Use caution and patients on this hike, people have fallen to their deaths off of the steep cliff edges. See my other post on Hiking Angels Landing.

2. Hike through the Narrows, Bottom Up

  • Miles: Up to 16
  • Trailhead: Temple of Sinawava
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal
  • Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous

The Narrows is a great hike on a hot day through the Virgin River. You can rent watershoes near the west entrance to the park and walking sticks, or just wear your regular shoes and find a walking stick at the entrance. You will be hiking through water most of the hike and along slippery boulders, with varying depths of water. Waterproof your gear as you may find yourself in waist to chest high water at times.

3. Hike to the Upper Emerald Pools

  • Miles: 1
  • Trailhead: Zion Lodge
  • Elevation Gain: 200 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Emerald Pools Trail is a moderate trail passing the Lower Emerald Pools, Middle Emerald Pools, and leading up to the Upper Emerald Pool. There are many small grottos to see, several pools, and waterfalls along the way. The trail is not entirely paved the whole way up like some trails in the park, but it has good footing most of the way.

4. Hike the Weeping Rock Trail

  • Miles: 0.4
  • Trailhead: Weeping Rock
  • Elevation Gain: 98 Feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

The hike to Weeping Rock is short but steep. You are rewarded with a small enchanted grotto at the end of the trail with a lookout toward Angels Landing. The wall above is always leaking water, and it feels as if you are standing in the rain. The walls are growing ferns and other water loving plants. If it is leaking enough it can create a small water flow from the rock. Be weary that the trail near the top can be slippery from all the water and moss growth.

5. Walk the Riverside Walk

  • Miles: 2.2
  • Trailhead: Temple of Sinawava
  • Elevation Gain: 57 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Riverside Walk is a dirt paved trail that follows the Virgin River up to the entrance to the Narrows. It is half way exposed, and half way covered by trees. There are several offshoot trails that will take you right to the waters edge, and you can wade in the water or have a little soak. The sandstone walls you walk past may be covered in moss at several points, as some of the walls are leaking water held inside. There are tons of squirrels everywhere; don’t feed them. People have been bitten and scratches by them and you don’t know what they carry. Enjoy them as they pass by and keep an eye out for deer in the valley as well.

What else?

There are several other hikes within this amazing natural wonder, as well as climbing routes, and many opportunities for backcountry hiking with a permit. Check in at the visitor center to obtain these. As always do your best to follow Leave No Trace principals, and don’t feed the wildlife. Have fun and explore the trails that I didn’t mention in here!

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