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Zion Narrows (top-down)

Jeremy hiking down the Narrows in Zion National Park.

Tara and I did the narrows on our honeymoon, and it was awesome.

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Waypoints

Waypoint Latitude Longitude Description
Chamberlain's Ranch Trailhead -112.8387398886604 37.38524697520564  
Simon Gulch -112.9125000003903 37.37111111119227  
Waterfall -112.9398852937422 37.36489072269747  
Deep Creek -112.9516666665688 37.35916666719179  
Kolob Creek -112.950833333354 37.34916666642722  
Goose Creek -112.9572222221703 37.33833333300604  
Big Springs -112.9569444444545 37.33111111124778  
Orderville Gulch -112.9466666668045 37.3077777774655  
Mystery Falls -112.9444444442445 37.29916666690446  
Temple of Sinawava -112.9477777784294 37.28527777809309  

Trip Report: June 11, 2008

Tara and I did the narrows on our honeymoon, and it was awesome. We took a Zion Adventures shuttle on Thursday morning, June 11, 2008.

For the first several miles, the hike is very easy, and you stay completely dry. After about 3 miles, the steam banks start rising on either side of the river to form short canyon walls. From this point, we started having to cross the stream and walk in the stream for portions.

After about 6 or 7 miles, we came to a 12-foot waterfall.

The instructions we were following said that there is an easy trail to the left of the waterfall. Well, I took that to mean to the left looking upstream (north of the river). I did get past the waterfall eventually, but it wasn't easy. I had to rock climb a small cliff (with my pack on, mind you) then climb down a tree. I got to the bottom of the waterfall, took a picture of Tara standing at the top, then I started to go back up to help her get down. We couldn't hear each other, obviously, but she motioned to the south and disappeared. About 2 minutes later, she was by my side.

Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows

We camped that night in campground 6. We were some of the slowest hikers, so we didn't see very many people that night.

Friday morning, we packed up and continued the hike.

Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows

After Deep Creek joined the Virgin River at about 8 miles in, the river got a lot deeper. At a couple points, we waded through water up to our waists.

Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows
Zion National Park Narrows

We finished the hike and arrived at the Temple of Sinawava bus stop at around 9:00pm, just in time to catch the last bus out of the park. When I got on the bus and took off my backpack, one of the shoulder straps broke. Boy am I glad it held out until then.