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Zion National Park

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - Saturday, April 22, 2023 -- $1550 ★


For the person who loves the outdoors, Zion National Park is on almost everyone's bucket list. Especially the quintessential hike in the park, Angel's Landing. On our trip, we will be day-hiking almost every established trail open to commercial entities in this popular and colorful park. Colossal monolithic rock faces, spires, windows, natural bridges, canyons and various other rock formations are found almost everywhere in this landscape. While you may have to scramble over rocky terrain at times, mileages are low and rewards are high. Everyone should visit Zion once.


Our trek will visit just about every trail in the park that is open to commercial operators. So unfortunately, destinations like Upper Zion Narrows are unavilable to us (although we will be hiking into the lower portion of the Narrows where it's not so narrow anymore). We'll visit many famous formations such as the Court of the Patriarchs, the Riverside Walk that takes us into the lower part of the Narrow, the Grotto and of course the iconic Angel's Landing. Beautiful canyons and incredible rock formations with visually stunning, unobstructed views are everywhere.


In April, the days are starting to get warm. Expect great sunsets and amazing star-gazing. If you prefer a day-hiking only trip that's not overly strenuous, this could be the trip for you. Why not join us for an unforgettable excursion?



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as the 90s and as low as freezing, with a small chance of rain and on rare occasion, snow. Here is the historical Zion weather. Bring with lots of sun protection and water containers that add up to 6 liters of capacity.



Probable Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Any Other Guide(s) TBD

Difficulty


Our mileage will be kept low and we will be carrying day packs only, so most days will be less strenous than a backpacking trip.


Here is the proposed route.


The trails through Zion National Park are often easy to navigate and enjoyable to hike, but not always. There will be some sandy patches, occasional slickrock with dramatic dropoffs and a few places where scrambling (using hands and butt) are necessary. It's pure hiking pleasure.



Cost

$1550 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 1 hotel night. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Las Vegas (LAS), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 1 hotel night, round-trip transportation from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits, campground fees and awesome guides.


Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.



Notes

Day-Hiking / Base Camping only


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Itinerary


Saturday, April 15, 2023

Fly into Las Vegas Airport (LAS). The best time to arrive is between around 9AM-1PM. However, if you have completed your online shakedown and can be ready to go by around 4PM, you can arrive later.


Take the free airport shuttle to our local hotel to gather up with the group (Hotel TBD)


Mini equipment shakedown, we'll verbally go through a few checklist items to make sure you have what you need.


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Make Your Own Trail Mix bar from our surfeit of ingredients


Go to REI Las Vegas, 710 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145, (702) 951-4488, for last minute or forgotten equipment


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage. Try to keep this to a small amount of stuff.


At around 4PM, begin the 3 hour shuttle towards Zion National Park, going out for a welcome dinner somewhere along the way (Dinner not included in trip cost)


Shuttle to Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, elevation 3925'


Set up camp at Watchman Campground for the week, sites C10, C12, C13, elevation 3925'



Sunday, April 16, 2023

Start hiking early right from camp, elevation 3925'. Today's hike can be hot and exposed


Day-Hike 3.1 miles on the Watchman Trail completing a loop that tops out at elevation 4425'


We will have views of Zion Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon and the town of Springdale


Have lunch back at camp


Day-Hike 2.5 round-trip miles on the Pa'rus trail, top elevation 4025'.


Base camp at the Watchman Campground, sites C10, C12, C13, elevation 3925'


Miles today: 5.6. Total miles: 5.6


Monday, April 17, 2023

Take an early shuttle bus up-canyon to the Temple of Sinewawa


Start Day-Hiking the Riverside Walk, elevation 4420'


Day-Hike 2.0 miles on the Riverside Walk to the trail register, elevation 4550'


Begin Day-Hike up the Narrow Trail for 0.5 miles until we reach Orderville Canyon, elevation 4825'


Day-Hike 2.5 miles back to the Temple of Sinewawa


Take a park shuttle bus back to camp


Base camp at the Watchman Campground, sites C10, C12, C13, elevation 3925'


Miles today: 5.0. Total miles: 10.6


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Today's hike is Hidden Canyon. Part of this route has dramatic dropoffs, so if you have a fear of heights, you may want to cut the hike short when you get to these sections.


We are also unsure exactly which trails we may be permitted for, so the following is only tentative

Bring at least 4 liters of water today


Board the park shuttle bus to the Weeping Rock stop, elevation 4360'


Day-Hike up to 7.3 miles visiting Weeping Rock, Hidden Canyon and Observation Point, max elevation 6530' at Observation Point.


Board park shuttle bus back to camp


Base camp at the Watchman Campground, sites C10, C12, C13, elevation 3925'


Miles today: 7.3. Total miles: 17.9


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Board the park shuttle bus to the Zion Lodge stop, elevation 4270'


Day-Hike 3.8 round trip miles on Upper Emerald Pools Trail, Kayenta Trail and Lower Emerald Pools Trail, max elevation 4260' (Emerald Pools)


Board the park shuttle bus back to camp


Drive over an hour to the Kolob section of the park


Park at the Kolob Canyon Viewpoint, elevation 6230'


Have lunch at the Kolob Canyon Viewpoint


Day-Hike 1.2 round trip miles on the Timber Creek Overlook Trail, max elevation 6350'


Drive back to camp with a possible afternoon drive through the Mt. Carmel Tunnel, time permitting


Base camp at the Watchman Campground, sites C10, C12, C13, elevation 3925'


Miles today: 5.0. Total miles: 22.9


Thursday, April 20, 2023

Today we will hike Angel's Landing, one of Zion's iconic destinations. It is a long, steady climb to get to the top so perseverance will be rewarded.


Board the park shuttle bus to the Grotto stop, elevation 4300'


Day-Hike 4.3 round-trip miles to Angel's Landing, elevation 5760'


Board the park shuttle bus back to camp


Base camp at the Watchman Campground, sites C10, C12, C13, elevation 3925'


Miles today: 4.3. Total miles: 27.2


Friday, April 21, 2023

Board the park shuttle bus to the Grotto stop, elevation 4300'


Day-hike 1.0 miles on the Grotto Trail to Zion Lodge, elevation 4275'


Board the park shuttle bus to the Court of the Patriarchs, elevation 4245'


Day-hike 0.2 round-trip miles to the Court of the Patriarchs Overlook, elevation 4275


Board the park shuttle bus to camp


End of hiking. Break camp


Miles today: 1.2. Total miles: 28.3


Shuttle 3 hours back to Las Vegas


Check into local hotel (TBD)


We will retrieve your off-trail stuff from storage


After body composition measurements taken


Dinner and awards Ceremony. Dinner not included in trip cost.


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, April 22, 2023

Take free airport shuttle or we will pay for a shared cab/Uber


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