Hiking The Narrows of Zion National Park
The Narrows of Zion National Park is one of the most exotic hiking trails in the world.
You can catch a glimps of the Narrows without actually hiking the all the way, by going along the Riverside Walk trail (starting at Temple of Sinawava of Zion Canyon) upstream to Orderville Canyon. That's what most visitors of Zion Park do, and you can find the description of that rather easy trail here. However, that trail lets you enjoy only a small part of the Narrows; to get the whole picture, you need to hike the Narrows all the way downstream from the Chamberlen Ranch to Temple of Sinawava.
First, a few facts. The length of the trail is approximately 16 miles (25 km). Most of the time you will be walking in the water of the stream, about ankle deep, carefully choosing your path between the underwater rocks. As you can imagine, it's not an easy hike. You may want to take it easy and make the whole trail in two days, staying overnight in one of the campsites on the way. However, if you are short on time, you make it in one day, too. You should plan at least 10 hours for the whole hike, plus allow some time for eating, resting, and picture taking. If you are not sure, take a shorter hike from the end of the Riverside Walk (where you have to step into the water to continue) to Ordervill Canyon; if you can make it in about one hour, you are in good shape and should have no problem hiking the whole 16 miles in one day.
The most important thing about hiking the Narrows successfully is the hiking shoes. There are a few places in Springdale where you can rent suitable shoes for about $15-30 per day. Make sure that the shoes you choose have a good ankle support and fit your feet perfectly; because if you feel even minor discomfort in the beginning, it will multiply many times over as you walk along the trail. Find yourself a good walking stick - you would feel much more confident crossing the water with it. And, as always, don't forget to take enough drinking water with you! (At least 1 gallon per person per day is recommended.)
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