Thursday, April 5, 2012

Zion Rim to Rim to Rim

On March 31st Shane Peterson, Matt Koppenheffer, Ashlee Homan, and Shad Mickelberry went up to Zion National Park for an adventure run. The plan was to start from the east entrance and travel the East Rim Trail to main canyon and then take the West Rim Trail to its terminus at Lava Point. 

Normally we would head to Grand Canyon this time of year for a double crossing but I wanted to try something a bit different without the hordes of people. Zion was a natural choice with its combination of lower visitation in the high country, beautiful scenery, and extensive trail system.

We turned around 2-3 miles short than planned because we had a set turn around time and the terrain on that part of the Kolob Plateau wasn't all that scenic. The weather was completely perfect all day and we finished up right at dusk after 13 hours on the trail which included a great deal of picture taking and goofing off.

This sort of trip is best told through pictures. 


Taking a break near Stave Springs

Slickrock along East Rim Trail

Echo Canyon

Flying down switchbacks to Weeping Rock

Starting up West Rim Trail beneath Angel's Landing

Matt near top of West Rim main climb

Angel's Landing

Jolly Gulch

Aftermath of Telephone Canyon Trail debacle

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