Our next destination was Zion NP to traverse the park from Lee's Pass to the East Rim Trailhead. A 48 miler. We car-camped in a beautiful spot outside of Springdale which I highly recommend if you want to avoid Watchmen Campground in the park itself. The next day after stashing the car at the end of our journey, we hitched a ride back into the park. We were lucky enough to be picked up by a friendly ranger. All was well until a German tourists $600, 000 Shelby Supercar EXPLODED in the tunnel, closing down the park. For more on that, click here. Luckily, another ranger offered to drive us the long way round the back, which took us through the ultra-creepy polygamist town of Colorado City, of Warren Jeffs fame.
The hike itself was absolutely breathtaking. The variation of environment and climate experienced each day, each hour, was nearly psychedelic. We had a couple challenging nights with extremely high winds that threatened to blow our shelters away, though luckily we remained unscathed. This is one of the challenges of a multi-day trek in an NP, where you have to book your campsites ahead of time, snot knowing how ideal they are. One of our sites was at the edge of the rim, completely exposed to wind and cold. It was on this trip that my Lightheart Solo started to fail on me. until it was rendered almost completely unusable.
I consider this trek as a sort of rite-of-passage. It's challenging, though not distractingly so with an ultra-light get-up. I absolutely recommend it.
Some photos below, with more here
Car camping the night before
Lee's Pass Trailhead
Entering Bear Trap Canyon
Bear Trap falls, flipping freezing!
View from the West Rim
Where's the trail?
The quintessential view of Zion Valley