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Zion - West Rim Trail in April

Postby whiteroom17 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:13 pm

Greetings,

My friends and I will be in southern Utah mid April and I am looking to plan a top down hike of the West Rim Trail (Lava Point to the Grotto). I was wondering what type of snow conditions we might expect that time of year. Most of the literature says there should be some remaining snow, but I have heard that it has been a very dry year out there. I also heard the April is the rainiest month in Zion, is there any truth to that?

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Re: Zion - West Rim Trail in April

Postby nader » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:23 pm

Mid April 2011 was a high snow year and the upper portions of Kolob Terrace Road were still closed due to snow. I was not able to reach the Lava Point Trailhead by car. I could, however, hike the Wildcat Canyon Trail. You can see the amount of snow in my pictures here:

http://www.summitpost.org/wildcat-canyon-trail/721751

In 2011, I had one cloudy day rained late at night, the other 5 days were sunny.
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Re: Zion - West Rim Trail in April

Postby Scott » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:44 am

Most of the literature says there should be some remaining snow, but I have heard that it has been a very dry year out there.


It's currently at 101% of average (about as close as you can get to average):

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=149&sid=134181

I also heard the April is the rainiest month in Zion, is there any truth to that?


No. Whoever told you that was smoking pot or something:

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?utzion

Anyway, there probably will be snow around, but unless things change, the road should be open around then.
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Re: Zion - West Rim Trail in April

Postby Wastral » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:15 am

Zion in March is fine let alone april. Its all of 8000 feet max. Yea, will have a bit of snow, but not much. One can get dumps of a foot of snow in March/April, but will soon melt out the next day or so. Zion is beautiful when it snows.

NO big deal. Just Go. Now if you were at 9000+++ feet then would be solid snow, but below that its patchy at best.
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Re: Zion - West Rim Trail in April

Postby whiteroom17 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:17 pm

Thank you all for your help! I am going, just booked the ticket last night. Any recommendations on campsites?
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Re: Zion - West Rim Trail in April

Postby erial » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:26 am

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