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My Wife and I just got back from Zion and Grand Canyon.  No backpacking, just a couple of dayhikes.  

The first day of the trip we flew into Phoenix from Pittsburgh.  We got a nice free upgrade on our rental car:  convertable!

After a nice dinner and brews at Beaver St.  Brewing in Flagstaff, we set out the next day to Wupakti National Monument. Interesting relics and nice views of the San Francisco peaks.


It was now time to drive past Vermillion Cliffs and up to Zion.


We hiked up the Watchman Trail at sunset with a nice view of the surrounding towers...



The next we set out early for Angels Landing.  We wanted to beat the crowds, and we did.  We even had the summit to ourselves for a few minutes.  Don't let people scare you off, we thought that it didn't live up to the horror stories, although  the views were at least as spectacular as advertized.


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Walter's Wiggles:





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Arch in hidden Canyon:

In the Kolob Canyon area:


We drove back to the North Rim and waited until they opened the gate to the road to the park, then hit the trail head and started our Rim to Rim to Rim.


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Our plan was to go down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel the first day.  We would overnight in a cabin on the South Rim, then grab the shuttle to the South Kaibab trailhead and go back to the river and up North Kaibab again.


Little friend:

Crossing Bright Angel Creek:

Another friend:


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Ribbon Falls:

The "Box"

Phantom Ranch:

Bridge over the Colorado:



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I will assume there is another installment, so reserving my comments until the end.  So far, nice pictures of areas I am well familiar with.  

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River:

Heading up Bright Angel:

Looking back, you can see Bright Angel Canyon in the distance:

Starting back down South Kaibab the next day:




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Back to the river and The South Kaibab bridge:





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Back in the "Box."  Somewhere around 105 degrees.

The last 14 miles of the hike were very challenging.  Tired legs and high temps on a 14 mile uphill of about 5800 feet.  The last 5 or 6 miles are especially hard, with the altitude increasing as well.   Drinking tons of water, taking salt supplements and eating regularly were the key to finishing for us.


The next day we took in Walnut Canyon on our way back to Phoenix:





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All in all, a great trip.  The second Rim to Rim was one of the most challenging things I've done, including running trail races of marathon length.  We were very happy to be able to experience the canyon and it's wonders while giving ourselves a challenge that we will remember forever.

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Yeah, I thought you had taken the more difficult direction, by finishing up on the longer, more elevation gain North side.  Either way, it would have been at the end of the day, but if tackled first, it would have been on day 1.  Day 2 would have been much easier.  

Some really fun pictures there.  Memories of trips past, and all.  In the end, I am glad it was not me.  23 miles a day, in those conditions, is no longer my choice.  


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Thanks for "taking me back" to Zion.  I hiked all those trails and more when I worked there a few years ago.

Our son is an Assistant Manager at Bright Angel Lodge.  You might have met him in the early morning.  He's worked at Zion and Grand Canyon for Xanterra for a number of years now.  We're going next week to visit.

But, I like Zion better.


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Great pics.  Thanks.

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Fantastic, especially Day-II of the rim-rim-rim. Doing two of these back-back in that heat would have been brutal! I've done the south rim to the river and back as a dayhike, in 105 degree temps and the inner canyon was so hot. Respect.

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Great pictures! Thank you for sharing.

My husband and I were just out in Zion as well. I'm still working on the pictures, but will post something soon.


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Nice, enjoyed the pics.
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Looks like a great trip - the kind you wish was twice as long (for more chilling out, not more huge days). Thanks for posting.
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Great pictures, looks like you all had an awesome time.

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Beautiful pictures of astounding places. Looks like a wonderful vacation. Thanks for sharing. Glad the ankle held up. My knees hurt just looking at some of those downhills.
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Thanks for sharing! We stayed at Watchman campground in 2006 and climbed Angels Landing. It was so fun (and scary). I want to get back to that part of the world!

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You guys are freaking animals!  Me, I'll take my time when I finally hike the GC :D

Love being up on Angel's Landing before the crowds, though.  We didn't manage to be first, but I think were the 2nd party up last time.  Our boys might have been first, come to think of it.  

Thanks for sharing the great pictures and memories.


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Very nice pics and thanks for sharing!

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In case anybody is  curious,  the  two little reptile  friends are a Collared Lizard and a Gopher Snake.

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