Re: To Utah or not to Utah...That is the question.
Bo as usual has great suggestions. Here are what I suggest for the average mom and pop hiker/walker/visitor to the area. You should be able to do most of them with a just healed bum leg.
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, bomabro84738 <no_reply@...> wrote:
> In Zion, a hike from Wildcat Cabyon Trailhead to the end of the
> Northgate Peaks trail may be a very nice stroll with minimal up and
> down. A walk on the Canyon Overlook trail is'nt very strenuous
> either. Definately take the jaunt up the Riverside Walk to the
> beginning of the Narrows.
> The hike to the Wave isn't too strenuous, but there is a fair amount
> of short ups and downs. If you were to start very early in the
> morning and just take it very easy I think it will be worth the
> effort? (and pain?).
> I haven't done a lot of walking at Bryce, but I do know that the
> trail network includes a lot of "On the Rim" sightseeing strolls".
> There are campgrounds inside Zion and also at Lava Point at the start
> of the West Rim Trail on the Kolob Terrace. There are campgrounds
> also in Springdale.
> More centralized to Zion, Bryce and North Coyote Buttes is the RV
> Campground at Mt Carmel Junction (Rt. 9 and Highway 89)
> There is also the Stateline Campground (4 sites) a few miles south of
> the Wire Pass Trailhead (The Wave).
> I'm sure that others will have some good suggestions. Have fun!
> --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "westfaliagirl"
> lkovitz@ wrote:
> > I'm hoping this group can help me decide on my vacation plans...I'm
> > sitting by my computer having a personal pity party. My crutches
> > leaning against my desk...Yep, the pain I've had for the last FOUR
> > months turned out to be a broken femur (really long story, that I
> > won't bore anyone with!)...Anyways, I am supposed to go with my
> > boyfriend to Utah the last week of September. We were going to go
> > Arches, Zion and Coyote Buttes (the Wave)... I most likely will not
> > be able to hike far distance or do very much hiking uphill. (But I
> > will be off crutches by then.) I fear that if I only drive thru
> > Utah, I will be bummed that I can't explore it further. I am by no
> > means a super hiker, just a casual one..I know your area has some
> > the most scenic drives around, but driving around and looking at
> > sites for more than a week most likely will not satisfy my
> > curiosity. Are there some really short flat hikes that anyone can
> > suggest? I know the wave is about 3 miles one way...How much uphill
> > hiking is required? It is the one hike I really would like to
> > do...It's scheduled towards the end of our trip and maybe just
> > my leg will be stronger by then. Any ideas or opinions for what we
> > should do on our vacation will be appreciated.
> > On a side note, we will be traveling in our camper van. Any ideas
> > for campsites will also be appreciated.
> > Lorri