zion west rim trail and other southern utah hikes - full - May 15, 2022
Day 1: Shuttle Preparation - Arrive at the House in Washington City (HIW) as early as 10am for a meeting at 4PM. Irene will provide spaghetti dinner around 6PM. Then three drivers will drop off two shuttle vehicles in the Zion National Park (ZNP) Visitors Center parking lot. Day 2: Depart at 5am in two vehicles for the Zion West Rim Trailhead. The 15-mile day hike has a steep drop in elevation and descends 2,500 feet over 4.7 miles ending at the Grotto Picnic Area. The group will take the shuttle from the Grotto stop to our parked vehicles. Wearing a mask on the shuttle is required. We plan on dinning in Springdale, retrieving our vehicles at the West Rim Trailhead, and then head back to HIW. Day 3: Optional. Since Zion West Rim was a long hike the day before, we plan an optional/much easier late start to the Yant Flat Trailhead. The 5.3 mile out and back trail will take about 3 hours. Next, we will drive 60 min to Kanarraville for the 4.8 mile 3-hour hike to the Kanarra Falls which requires a $12.00 per person permit fee with limit to 150 people per day. Day 4: Optional. Participants can depart or hike/bike/relax one more day (possible Water Canyon). Day 5: Optional. HIW will closed to group after breakfast. Note: Both Bret and Irene have no prior experience hiking to Zion West Rim Trail. However, trail information is well published for this hike. Due to the shuttle logistics, four/five vehicles are required and that we are limiting the group size to 10. Participants will share all costs to carpool and $20 per person for HIW stay. Priority will be given to those with vehicles that seat five.
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