04/10 Zion NP Day 5 East side, Hidden Canyon and Sunset

April 10, 2018  •  3 Comments

Got up this morning early and decided to do laundry without all the competition.  Nobody but me there.  Anyway, after laundry and breakfast it was back to the east side of the park to capture some images since I seem to have lost the others I took.  It was a beautiful morning and I was able to just take my time and explore a bit.  The big mesa in the first image below is called Checkerboard Mesa.  Pretty cool, huh?  The rest are just some examples of what this part of the park looks like.

After that I headed back into the canyon to do a very strenuous hike to a place called Hidden Canyon.  This is hiking up a very steep grade to a height of 850 ft.  Doesn't sound like much, but I was a huffin' and a puffin'. Part of the climb required holding onto chains to ensure you didn't fall off the cliff.  I tried to capture this in a couple of the images below. The second image shows Weeping Rock which I hiked to a couple of days ago.

This final image is of the sunset tonight.  Wasn't all that great, but I would love to wake up to this view any day.  That is the Watchman Tower in the background and the Virgin River winding its way towards it.  This is an absolute iconic scene in Zion NP so I was accompanied by several photographers of all kinds.  Even some from France that I was able to help out a bit.  First image is from phone, second from real camera.

Tomorrow is my last day here in Zion NP.  I plan on hiking the very first trail I hiked to the Watchman to capture some night shots and stay until sunrise to catch that as well.  Not sure what I will do after that but I do need to buy a permit to take my RV through the tunnel towards Bryce Canyon on Thursday.


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Jim(non-registered)
Great photos! I assume the chain is a "handrail"? Or you can clip your safety harness in it as you lean out to take your photos. For your final photo of this entry, I actually prefer the phone photo. Think it is the old thing where the interest is where the dark meets the light. The chipmunk is trying to ignore you, hoping you will just go chain yourself up elsewhere.
carl(non-registered)
Couldn't agree with Steve more. I know for a fact my right leg would never survive that trek.
Steve(non-registered)
If I had to make that hike, every rock I stopped at would be a weeping rock!
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