I did this route in 2005 on July 7, I think, and we hit some holes with water over our heads. Much of it was waist-deep or more. So much for the guidebooks saying the summer water levels are usually at ankle and knee level!
It never got above waist high, and that was mainly near where we entered the water at the end of the Riverside trail. The only other time was in this area (you can see a couple guys up to their waist if you look close). Most of the times we crossed back and forth, the water was about knee deep or less. There must have been higher snow levels that year, or more rainstorms north of there, up around Bryce.
It was one of the coolest things I've ever done. Every corner I came around came with a "wow!" I will definitely go back and do it again, but this next time, I'm going to go to the west side of Zion also, and go see 'The Subway' and all of the finger canyons around the Kolob area. The east side with the slick rock was incredibly beautiful as well. The hoodoos we found were pretty neat.
The only drawback on the trip was all of the weak beer! The Polygamy Porter was tasty, but topped out at 4%. We remedied that by stopping in Mesquite, NV, on the way in!
thanks for that
Thanks charles! Truly one of the neatest things I've done. You must plan this when you come to the US!
Thanks for the tip - I´l keep it in mind. Super name too!