Sat, Oct 6 2018 - GRAND CANYON rim to rim, plus (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): LindseyW
Participants:LindseyW, Vera N, ed baer, Tim D, Pam, A.B. M.

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Words and even pictures cannot begin to describe our journey through Zion and the Grand Canyon. You have to experience, first hand, slowly lowering yourself into the depths of such gigantic beauty to appreciate their wonder . The eight days and 72 miles of backpacking in the demanding back country of these phenomenal National Parks will stay with the six of us who ventured into their wilderness. We had some rain and a cold snap, remnants of hurricane Rosa in the Pacific (It got down into the teens one night). But we also enjoyed warm sunny days and blue sky. Because of the rain and flash flood worries, our planned top down journey through the Narrows in Zion turned into two days in Zion's magical Kolob Canyon, complete with dark skies in the distance, a stunning rainbow, a meandering creek glistening in the morning sun and towering red canyon walls. And we still had time to do about 5 miles of the amazing Narrows. Anybody who has done rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon knows how small we humans seem up against mile high canyon walls. One feels that time, size and distance are measured differently here. Back at Zion we hiked the 16 mile West Rim Trail with its awe inspiring views of both sides of the rim. We even had a few in our party climb the iconic, treacherous Angels Landing. At Zion and Grand Canyon we experienced fall in the higher elevations and late summer lower down. Late September/Early October is an excellent time of year to experience these unique wonders.