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  1. Howells Outdoors

    Mystery Canyon Again!

    So, I should be writing two separate trip reports, but that's too much work. I got to do Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park twice in a week. I saw on Sunday Sept. 14 that there were still spots available for the next Tuesday, so I called my dad up and said, "Shirk all responsibilities and...
  2. Ben

    Zion trek, march 2014

    Trying to do more backpacking earlier in the year, i planned a trip through Zion at the end of march. Originally i wanted to hike from one end of the park all the way to the other, in at the Kolob entrance, and out the east, but transportation proved to be too much of a problem. So we in stead...
  3. Laura

    Zion with the nieces

    I thought I'd post a quickie report since so many people helped with suggestions for my outdoor girls-only adventure. This was my first trip with kids and they wore me out-I don't know how you parents do it. And they are really great kids! I can't imagine taking a trip with whiney kids...
  4. Howells Outdoors

    Hop Valley in Zion

    All the photos from the trip are on my blog, but I'll spare you and give you just the ones I like the most. The first few miles of Hop Valley are a sandy, sagebrush flat. I personally find it gorgeous, but I like the small details of the Silvery Lupine and the few strong Ponderosa Pines and the...
  5. Howells Outdoors

    Mystery Canyon -- May 2014

    This is a long post, but I couldn't leave any of this out from the original post on my blog. Mystery Canyon, Solved! Ever since I strolled up the Riverside Walk and into the Narrows of Zion National Park, I have felt compelled to find the canyon beyond Mystery Falls. The 100 ft. waterfall...
  6. Howells Outdoors

    Englestead Hollow - May 2014

    Canyoneering season has begun (granted I was doing canyons in the winter, but we'll go with what the canyonistas call the canyon season ;) This time I took off with some friends for Englestead Hollow in Zion. Talk about a rush! Original post from www.mountain-dude.blogspot.com (there's more...
  7. Howells Outdoors

    Keyhole Canyon - May, 2014

    I haven't been able to get into Zion National Park for awhile to do a canyon in a while (busy with school, work and projects). I got my chance to jump into Keyhole Canyon though! This was one of the first time I set out to do a canyon to try and take my time and get some good photos in the...
  8. markj

    Zion Traverse- April 23-26.

    After having our plans cancelled last year because of the government lockdown, my brother and I with a couple of friends managed to book permits for the Zion traverse for late April and this time it was a go! Starting Wednesday, April 23 in Kolob Canyon we planned to finish at the east entrance...
  9. Dave

    March Weekend in St. George

    My photography kit has updated completely. It started last fall with the move from crop to full-frame. That necessitated replacing my venerable Canon 10-22mm EF-s lens with something more appropriate to the format. The additional heft on the new body/lens combo meant moving up from an...
  10. pixie1339

    Cedar City to Zion June 2010

    I'm posting this trip report for @Laura, @sixstringsteve , and @Tess to help get the stoke going for our upcoming backpack in Zion. These pics are a few years old, and I took them before I got my first DSLR, but it gives a decent overview of the area we'll be hiking, and allows me to reminisce...
  11. Jammer

    Around-Zion Hike

    UPDATE: I added my video later in this thread embedded via YouTube. When I got a really good forecast for my early March excursion to southern Utah, I decided to upgrade my day-hike plan to a 9-day backpack around Zion -- somewhat literally. My plan was to set out from the southwest portion of...
  12. blueeyes

    Lady Mountain!!

    Okay lucky me...another hike I have been dying to do checked off before the move. Doing this report by phone is no fun and will be short and sweet. I am a bit out of shape and that added to the degree of difficulty but this is the most technical hike I have ever done. I am exhausted tonight...
  13. Howells Outdoors

    Winter Storm In the Narrows

    @JamesM invited me to hike the Narrows, just bottom up to check what it is like in a few inches of snow. Then the Weather Service issued that massive winter storm warning for pretty much all of Utah and we thought, "Hmmmm...might be a bit colder than planned." We went anyway! Probably the...
  14. Nick

    Slaving away in Zion

    Lately I've had the pleasure of getting paid to hike a bunch of easy trails for a project that I'm working on. More details on that early next year but it's been pretty intense. I think I'm about up to 20 that I've hiked just since the end of October. It's been fun to see all these places I...
  15. Howells Outdoors

    Tom's Canyon

    On the north end of Kanab, UT is a sub-division called La Estancia. Yes, they paid me to promote them and get people to move out there. Jokes. But on the northeast end of La Estancia is the trailhead to Tom's Canyon. It's a great hike if you are in the area. Winds its way up to the top of the...
  16. Howells Outdoors

    Kanarraville Falls - November

    I'll preface this by saying it is by no means backcountry, but more just a nice, easy hike that is best - in my opinion - during the winter. During the summer and fall it is so crowded since it's more of a frontcountry hike. I hiked this last hike because I needed a break. School projects...
  17. Dave

    Zion Narrows, June 21-22 2013

    "No self-respecting Utah backpacker has not done the Narrows top-down." I found myself repeating that line to coworkers, explaining my enthusiasm for a long-planned backpacking trip along the North Fork of the Virgin. Obstruction by ashergrey, on Flickr As a hiker and backer, not to...
  18. Howells Outdoors

    Benson Creek, June-22-2013

    Benson Creek is one of my favorite canyons in Utah, it's north of Zion near the town of Parowan. It's in the top because of the easy access and the hiking comes before the good stuff! There is also always flowing water in it, not enough to call it a class C canyon, but enough that it gets you...
  19. Seldom Seen Anderson

    Parunuweap Canyon

    -Journal of John Wesley Powell Background Several years ago a buddy recommended a book about John Wesley Powell, I read it and instantly Powell became a hero of mine so then I read another book on him and another and...
  20. Nick

    Misery

    Zion - the land of shuttle busses, tourists and for many fellow hikers and canyoneers - the infamous Watchman Campground. But not this trip! We started south a little earlier for this trip in hopes of finding some primitive camping outside the park in an area I wasn't very familiar with. We made...

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