Zion just keeps on giving! And this destination is no exception.
7 miles round trip, moderate hike from the upper east side of Zion's
Checkerboard Mesa, across a saddle, then dropping down and walking along a beautiful slickrock bench to a Sa-weet rim overlook of Parunuweap Canyon.
Once at the rim, we will experience a dizzying, jaw dropping view off of the sheer canyon wall, deep into Parunuweap Canyon. The rarely seen east fork of the Virgin River flows some 500ft below our feet. This should be a perfectly timed hike that I like to do in the fall. The cottonwood trees that hug the river should be gold with the fall colors. 360 views of the mountains that make up the east side of Zion and across for miles and miles to the barracks, and beyond. The first time I sat at the edge and saw the fall colored gold ribbon of cottonwoods shadowing the Virgin River below, I had a hard time leaving. There is a surprise destination we may have time to look for once we hit the rim, if everyone wants to explore just a bit further. I have never been to it and would like to try. It is very close by.
Now for some information:
7 miles round trip, up and back hike.400ft of very gradual elevation gain/loss
Trail only exists for the first mile. After that, we will be in sandy drainages and slickrock.Bring at least two litres of water, high energy snacks, and a lunch.Dress warmly. It is fall weather and the elevation is higher on the east side.Please do not sign up for this hike if you are unable to walk 7 miles on mostly no established trail. We will meetup at Hart's Gas in Washingtonat 8 am, pick up any hikers that wish to meetup at the Maverik in La Verkin by8:40and make the trailhead and on the trail by10 am. We will return to the trailhead by3pmand should be back at Harts by4:3 but NLT 5 pm.
Zion Park passes are required. I have a park pass and can take 3 passengers in my car. We should carpool and ride share the cost of gas with at least one person in your vehicle with a park pass. There is no need for a permit on this hike.
elevation will be around 6,000ft. So, it will be much cooler up there than in Springdale. Also, if you have problems like I do with getting enough air at higher elevations, you must know your limitations. We will be going at a constant, steady, easy pace with lots of short break and lots of opportunities for photos. Once at the rim, we will be taking lunch break and taking in the views.Mostly full sun exposure. Only shade will be for the first mile.
No pets allowed.
Maximum of 12 persons on this hike. Very strictly enforced. Please know that if the list is full and you show up to see if someone cancels, we will only take in 12 people. I may have some folks waiting at La Verkin, too.
So, if this is full, it would be best to not show up, but let the waitlist do what it is designed to do. I am so torn about this. If it wasn't Zion, where I and you could be fined, I may make an exception. We cannot hit the trail with more than 12 hikers. Not even in two separate groups. Sorry. No need for offroad vehicles.
I really am excited about this one! I hope you will attend this backcountry fall experience. Cheers! jerry