November 5 – 8, 2020
Over the years I have heard so many great things about Zion and let me tell you it did not disappoint. We have been to at least 14 national parks so far and this one has been my favorite. We only had a few days here but the 2 hikes I wanted to do most was the Narrows and Angel’s Landing. For those of you who don’t know, The Narrows is considered one of the top 10 hikes in the world. It is called the Narrows because you are hiking either upstream or downstream (we hiked up) through a narrow canyon that was cut by the Virgin River. The majority of the hike is actually in the clear water of the river over rocks. The water temperature while we were there was 38 degrees so we prepared by renting neoprene socks, special hiking boots that have holes to drain the water, dry pants and a sturdy stick to assist us in remaining upright. We hiked about 5 miles upstream before we turned around and headed back. The depth of the water ranged from ankle deep to waist high. The gear we had was perfect for this time of year. Otherwise we would have been freezing. It was beautiful and a completely different experience than we have ever had. We highly recommend.
The next day, although the weather looked iffy in terms of rain and the temps were supposed to get colder as the day progressed and many recommend not climbing Angel’s Landing in the rain (look at the pics and you will see why), we decided to take our chances and head out anyway. The hike is 1500 feet of elevation gain in just a few miles with 21 switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles and then .5 miles of scaling (literally) of the rock to reach the top. Along this part of the hike a chain has been installed for most of it for you to hold in order to help you not fall off the side of the cliff. Gregory and Avery were not too happy with this part of the hike, while Addi and I absolutely loved it. I will tell you though, DO NOT do this hike if you are afraid of heights. Otherwise, do not ever miss doing this hike/climb. Once you reach the top (where the Angel’s land) the view is simply breathtaking. Interestingly enough, about 10 minutes after we got to the top it began to hail. I don’t scare too easily but even I was nervous about having to descend that rock with ice coming out of the sky. Ultimately we lived to tell about it! Of all the hikes I have ever done in my life this is now ranked #1. The rest of the family ranks The Narrows #1 and Angel’s Landing #2 but either way Zion has the top 2 hikes for the Arends family and that is why you should not miss an opportunity to go to Zion.