Countless visits. Entire length twice. Feels other-worldly inside of the canyon.
I took the kids as far as we could go on a day hike. They loved it as much as I did. I'll be back for more.
Hiked up past Deep Creek with a buddy. Really cool.
Hiked back like 3 miles with NAU Outdoors as a trip leader for the Freshmen Wilderness Welcome program. Its an amazing area and I wanna come back and do the whole thing!
Fun day hike. Hired a shuttle to take us to the trailhead and we hiked/wadded/swam the full length of the canyon in a day. I remember a woman hiking just in front of us fell and seriously broke he wrist at about the 4 or 5 mile point. We helped her make a splint with some pac strapes and they turned around to head back to the shuttle drop. I was concerned that they may have to wait a long time for a ride, but we saw her partner a few days later at a local restaurant in town. It turns out that they met some other hikers along the trail on the way back to the trailhead, and the nice folks gave them the keys to their car so they could drive back into Zion for medical help. It's nice to recall " a kind act from strangers".
First canyon trip, overnighted mid-way. Great adventure and always exciting to see what the next turn had in store...
This one took a bit more logistical work than we expected. We decided to do the hike at 7 pm the night before, but the ranger station had already closed for the evening. We didn't want to book a seat on a shuttle to Chamberlain Ranch without a permit, because we might not be able to get one in the morning. We got the ranger station first thing in the morning when they opened, picked up a permit, and got some of the last seats on the shuttle that left at 9:30 am. We started hiking at 11 am (a bit late, but it was our only option), knowing that we had no choice but to do it in a day.
It was going quickly until the last few miles when my friend's knee started getting pretty bad--but we made it out, caught a bus out of the canyon, dropped off our rental drysuits and cruised back to Salt Lake so he could catch a flight the next morning. A great way to finish the trip.
Would like to do the through-hike next time! Crowds were unreal coming out @ 11am
Fun way to cool off after a long day of gaping!
Hiked up from the bottom, and spent the day chilling in the narrows with my best friend. What a great and beautiful canyon.
Got the backcountry permit the day before to hike the narrows top down. An amazing hike, I'm so glad I did it!
Rented a dry suit and hiked up to the narrows and back; also went up Orderville a bit. Got some great photos! (how could you not?)
Hiked with meetup group. From the top to the bottom. Camped near big springs.(site #12)
The water level was about Ankle-Knee deep most of the part and weist-chest deep at couple of point.
The key to the top down backpacking hike is the light weight pack. You better make your back pack as light as possible.
Share water filter, cooking stove, tent etc....
Put everything in the Drybag or ziplock. If you use drybag, leave some air in it, and your bag will float on the water. If you use Ziplock, don't leave any water in it, or ziplock blows and opens in the back pack.
2008 September 22: Slogged through underwater bowling balls for two hours in the middle of the night after finishing a long day in Imlay Canyon. It was really fun -- NOT.
2009 June 04: Finally got to see a bit of the Narrows (beyond the trail) in the daylight after exiting from Mystery Canyon.
did an up and back as far was we could go before the sunset, not sure how far we really made it. also branched up orderville as far as we could go before we knew ropes might be needed. fun pothole to jump in near the end of our journey up orderville. whole thing was gorgeous and very unique. loved floating the deeper sections. cant wait to return
Top to bottom of the Narrows--17 1/2 miles--in one day with my Scout Troop, half very excited (I was in that half), half with hanging heads. Exquisite area, very different hike than anything I have ever done before, since most of it is directly through water and the landscape is very different from my native California.
What a canyon! I have never seen anything more strange and wonderful.
Never done the whole thing, but parts of it many times. I have been in it running 140 cfs from Mystery, very cold and running pretty good. It was shut down the next day, and for about a month or two after.
Ahh, that first trip into the Narrows up the Virgin River. Branched off and up Orderville Canyon. Can't wait to get back and explore some more technical slot canyons.
Breathtaking. Now I'm ready for Imlay and Heaps.
We did the car shuttle. Air T at Visitors' Center was ~100F, and water was modest T, with low flow. There were only a few swims, and those were in the lower Narrows, perhaps a few miles upstream from the trail. About 18 miles one-way; I ran down to the loop and back to get an even 20, for good luck. The most important tools were : neoprene socks, a hiking staff, and a waterproofed camera.
It was bizarre to spend the day in relative solitude -- then a mile from the trail, come across hordes of people wandering upstream.