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Matthew Robinson
(mcjhrobinson) - F

Locale: Waaay West
South Utah National Parks on 03/30/2008 10:34:45 MDT Print View

im going to be hitting up all the 5 national parks in southern utah in the next 2 weeks or so. i will only have 2-3 nights at each park. im used to hiking 20+ miles a day. so, my question to all of you is which backcountry hikes are challenging and beautiful or which would you recommend, suggestions, thoughts, anything? mahalo!

Brian UL
(MAYNARD76)

Locale: New England
Re: South Utah National Parks on 03/30/2008 10:57:08 MDT Print View

I m visiting the area in May.
Im looking at the "Under the rim trail" in Bryce at about 22 miles.
In Zion Lava piont to the Grotto 14 miles
also the East rim trail to Deer/Cable Mt. at 17.5

Joshua Knapp
(Joshjknapp) - F

Locale: Northern Mn, Superior Hiking Trail
Re: South Utah National Park on 03/30/2008 12:50:02 MDT Print View

Hi Matt,
You are going to LOVE the Colorado Plateau. In Zion you have to hit up Angels Landing, it will probably be way to cold for the narrows, or any of the slots.
The Primitive loop at Arches is Fantastic. At Canyonlands, the confluence overlook is good. I did a sick 18 mile loop in the needles. Also north of Moab is Castleton tower the hike to the base of the tower is really good!. THe fisher towers have a really good hike as well.
Just some suggestions.
Have fun!

Philip Wszolek
(pwszolek) - F

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
rental car or 4WD? on 03/30/2008 19:40:02 MDT Print View

In Canyonlands, Needles district, if you've got a 4WD vehicle, the hike is really short, but Angel arch is worth the trip.

A long time ago, I four wheeled out to the Confluence Overlook. Looking at the map I've got, looks like it is just a trail now. Neat to see the Green and the Colorado mix together. Chesler Park and the Joint trail are memorable.

Matthew Robinson
(mcjhrobinson) - F

Locale: Waaay West
re: south utah on 03/31/2008 12:06:10 MDT Print View

thanks for the input guys! it looks like i'll be there in about 3-4 days. unfortunately i don't have a 4WD but i might just end up hiking the unpaved roads part of the way. i'll post my thoughts in trip reports once i'm done. aloha!

Misfit Mystic
(cooldrip)

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
RE: Southern Utah on 03/31/2008 12:38:55 MDT Print View

Here's a link with probably more great hikes than any other I've seen:

http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Hikes.htm

I used to live in SLC, and the desert still haunts me; I do miss it so. Have a great time!

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
S. Utah.... on 03/31/2008 15:42:28 MDT Print View

I just spent 10 days down there. Just remember - this part of the year is the wettest for Southern Utah - and when it rains it can really rain. It actually snowed on me one night. One night was so windy there was no way I could set up my tarp - so I bivied it and hoped it didn't rain. Although... the rest of the days were nice and sunny! :) I was in the San Rafael Swell area - lows hit 24*, and the northern Lake Powell area - lows hit 32*.

So... just be prepared for the wild weather it can throw at you.

I would also second Angels Landing. AWESOME hike! Also, at the bottom end of Capitol Reef national park are the Halls Creek Narrows. The park service will tell you not to go there if there are clouds within a 1000 mile radius. I don't listen to them anymore.

Edited by splproductions on 03/31/2008 15:45:42 MDT.