Last year, we spent Labor Day is Zion National Park with Blake’s family. We had so much fun that we planned to do it again this year. Blake and I pulled the small trailer and enjoyed being able to stay in it and have a place for all our gear. This year, we decided to stay in Springdale so we would be close to the shuttle and park entrance. Once we got camp set up and ate dinner it was dark and the stars were starting appear. Blake, his parents, and I went into the park to take some star photos. The stars were really showing off for us.
Blake and I woke up early the next morning and headed straight to the park. Hidden Canyon has been on our list to hike together for a while so we decided to cross it off our list. The trail head starts at Weeping Rock. The trail starts off hiking up some intense switchbacks. My calves could definitely feel the elevation gain. Once the switchbacks have been accomplished, the trail leads to a very exposed section that has chains to hold onto for protection. I never felt that nervous with the long drop offs on one side. The entrance into Hidden Canyon is right after this section. This trail is fun because you can just hike as far into the canyon as you want. We probably went about a mile into the canyon before turning around; I didn’t want to cross the long log so that is where we called it. Hidden Canyon is a great hike to get away from some of the crowds. Most people were doing Angel’s Landing and The Narrows so we actually found some solitude in this canyon.
When we finished Hidden Canyon, we met up with Blake’s parents back at camp. As we were leaving the park, the line to enter was absolutely insane so instead of trying to drive back into the park, we decided to take a drive on the Kolob Terrace road. This is the same road that the trail head to The Subway is on, it provides some different views of the park that are gorgeous. Also, we hardly saw any people at the lookouts so that was really great. We drove all the way up the road to Kolob Reservoir. People were camped around the reservoir and kayaking on the water. It looked like a blast. We loved getting out of the park and seeing some new things.
Later that evening, when we got back to camp, we decided to hike Observation Point via the East Mesa Trail. We loved doing this hike last year and everyone had mentioned that they also wanted to do it this year. We started the hike a little too late but it was still so much fun. We reached the point right as the sun was setting; it provided the most amazing view of Zion canyon. Half of the hike back to the truck was in the dark. We had our headlamps so it really wasn’t too bad for us. I definitely think it was worth it to be there at sunset.
Our plan for Sunday was canyoneering Birch Hollow and Orderville Canyon. There will be another post coming with more details and a trail guide. It was a long day but so much fun. We had a great time and can’t wait to do Birch Hollow again.
Once again, we had the best time in Zion with family and friends. We loved this trip and are grateful that we live so close and can visit this beautiful place as much as we do.