Trip Report: West Rim Zion

West Rim Zion
By Bruce Christenson
HIKE 05/24/2021 MOD+

WOW! AMAZING! This is the first time for the organizer on this trail and also for the rest of the group. We started out into a forest silhouetted against the first light of morning wandering through huge century old beautiful Ponderosa Pines. The sixteen mile trail angled slightly downhill on a broad ridge leading to the western rim of the Zion Canyon and a section of startling deep canyons among pinnacles of a pallet of colors which can only be seen from the trail or from above. It then dives down at a thigh and knee burning pitch along the near vertical wall of the Virgin River to the bottom of the Zion Canyon and a shuttle bus ride to the park entrance. This is a must do hike for any serious hiker of Southern Utah. We had the trail to ourselves except at the end at Angels Landing where hordes of people waited a turn to climb along the chain to the top. This trip was an organizer's dream with the rest of the group providing a car and driver to drop us off at the trailhead at 5 am, arranging the required tickets for the park shuttle ride down to the park entrance, and having a car waiting to take us back to St. George for dinner and an early and needed drop into a soft bed. A heartfelt thanks to all in the group.

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