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How far did you have to hike in? I have been there before on the way to Bryce, but never hiked at Zion as Bryce was always the goal.
How far in is the subway?
Thanks Herb! For the Narrows, I didn't hike very far. Probably about 3 miles in from the last shuttle stop. You can go as far as 5 miles upstream on the "bottom-up" hike before you have to turn around, but I was a bit limited for time. The hike is not difficult elevation wise, but, depending on the flow rate, you do have to think about almost every step. It can exhaust you mentally more so than physically.
The Subway is a brutal hike, no way around it. Near the beginning of the hike there is a 500 foot steep descent that must be climbed again at the end of your day. It's a 7-mile round trip hike and everything that's worth photographing is in the last quarter mile up the canyon. There are many river crossings on boulders, and the last half mile or so is strictly in the river. Leave early and take lots of water!
The last image from above is the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the Taylor Creek hike. It's 6.1 miles round trip and is very easy. You cross the creek multiple times, but it's never more than a trickle the entire way.
Other than that, I meandered in Zion Canyon a few days but probably only hiked a few miles or so on easy territory.
Great stuff. Inspiring.
Thanks barisaxer! I was inspired by another photographer's work of this place so I'm glad to be able to "pay it forward" so to speak.