On April 21, 2011, I climbed Mount Kinesava while my wife hiked the Chinle Trail. By one in the afternoon, we were finished and back to the lodge room for showers and lunch, and then we spent a few lazy hours in the sun reading and dozing.
But a sunny afternoon in Zion, especially a warm spring one, is not to be entirely wasted lying upon a towel a few yards from the Virgin River. Around 5:00, then, we set out for Many Pools Canyon, also known as one of the Root Canals because of the way it and its sister canyon look on a topo map, to hike, scramble, and ramble as far as we felt like before heading back to Springdale for dinner and wine.
What follows is a photo trip report, with some commentary, that hopefully does justice to this spectacular little canyon. Although we were fortunate enough to be without the kids this time, we both agreed that Many Pools would be a great place to take kids because of the relative ease of the terrain, the many opportunities for "rock climbing," all the pools of water, and, in season, the frogs. And the best thing of all is that the canyon has no maintained trail and is not named on maps; even though it is right off the road through the east side of Zion, it is not heavily used or well known.