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Trans-Zion Trek April 5-7
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Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Trans-Zion Trek April 5-7 on 04/21/2013 21:00:10 MDT Print View

3 Days, 2 nights. Around 40 miles hiked. Lee Pass, La Verkin Creek, Kolob Arch, Bear Trap Canyon, Hop Valley, Wildcat Canyon, West Rim Trail, Potato Hollow, Angels Landing, The Grotto.

New Gear Used and Tested:

-Gossamer Gear Kumo Pack
-Gossamer Gear Air Beam Frame (Doubled as a pillow)
-Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp
-Dirty Girl Gaiters
-Neo Air Xtherm Sleeping Pad

Trans-Zion National Park Trek

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The car was left in Springdale and my buddy Dan and I got shuttled to the Lee Pass Trailhead around 8:00 a.m.

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The trail eventually links up with La Verkin creek and the stream crossing begins.

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A slightly better water source.

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One of the largest free-standing arches in the world, Kolob Arch.

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It felt as though we were stepping into a refrigerator as we entered in to explore the bear trap canyon.

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The falls.

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Around 20 degrees cooler than that of our previous canyon.

DAY TWO

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Climbing up to Hop Valley we could see our night one camp beneath.

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Let the sand walking begin. At this point in Hop Valley the trail fans out everywhere.

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Love the lush.

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A few cattle gates along the way.

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Looking back at Kolob Canyon.

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The connector trail to Wildcat Canyon brought us into a different biosphere and less sand made for easier walking.

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Wildcat Canyon.

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My mind often wandered down into the canyon and I imagined how rugged the remote depths of this place must be.

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The sun had been gone for hours and the wind began to make itself noticed.

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Our view to the east.

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Camp two. Snow still lies on the hillside.

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A short walk from our campsite included this view of the big drop from Potato Hollow. The dusk and dawn light never gave me an opportunity to get a valid shot of the canyon here, but believe me when I say it was impressive. Somewhere down there lies the famous Narrows.

DAY THREE

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Working our way to the main canyon.

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Looking down at the crazy switchbacks we're about to embark on.

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Trail or sidewalk?

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We aren't so remote anymore.

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This view of Angels Landing is one that not many that choose to climb get to see before they make the trip.

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Pavement and the main canyon below.

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That sign that reads that six people have fallen to their deaths since 2004.

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On top of it all.

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After heading down the switchbacks past dozens of day hikers we reached the Grotto and hopped on the Zion bus system to Springdale.

I'll be back.

Edited by timdcy on 04/21/2013 21:58:31 MDT.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Trans-Zion Trek April 5-7 on 04/21/2013 22:46:42 MDT Print View

Tim,

Great pictures and it sounds like you had a memorable adventure. I've had my eye on Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon for a while. I need to just commit and do it.

Aaron Davis
(ardavis324) - F
re: on 04/28/2013 09:59:48 MDT Print View

I did almost this exact trip a week prior to yours. Wished I would have seen bear trap canyon. Anyway, excellent pics of a fantastic hike.

PS did you encounter an angry grouse near potato hollow?

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Re: re: on 04/28/2013 10:07:34 MDT Print View

Aaron,

I remember seeing some of your posts in the other pre-trip planning forum here. Bear trap was one of the highlights for me.

That pissed off grouse is still picking fights! That's hilarious!

grouse

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: re: on 04/28/2013 10:27:17 MDT Print View

It is still there as of last Wednesday. I just got back and had a blast but that grouse made the trip for me. It bit my friend twice!

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Trans-Zion Trek April 5-7 on 04/28/2013 12:14:30 MDT Print View

Great trip report. I always wondered what was up above the Narrows and beyond Angel's Landing. Is there a way to make a loop if one had more time?

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Re: Re: Trans-Zion Trek April 5-7 on 04/28/2013 14:55:57 MDT Print View

Thanks HK. There aren’t a whole lotta’ loop opportunities in Zion to my knowledge. That is unless you want to get into some pretty technical route finding and climbing. Fortunately a few outfitters in the area offer shuttles to trailheads.