Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kolob Canyon

Last night wunderground was issuing flash flood alerts for Zion.  Apparently it snowed on the mountains as well.  This is what we saw this morning on the way to Kolob Canyon.  It was a cold, windy day.  Kolob Canyon is off I15 at exit 40.

This drive completely exceeded expectations.  Look how gorgeous this place is.

We decided to do the Taylor Creek Trail.  It's a 5 mile-ish out and back trail.  It was a nice hike with beautiful scenery.  You do cross the Taylor Creek many times.  Toward the end you must walk in the creek bed.  Water levels were low today, so it was all good.
This is a cedar tree, I think.  Anybody have any thoughts on what the yellow goo on the branches is?

Pretty rock walls.

This was interesting.  A large chunk of rock had fallen across the trail and broken into smaller bits.  We will see the other side of it later.

Farther back on the trail.

This is the Double Arch Alcove.  Look at the top and you see the second arch.  I couldn't get a good picture of the alcove and the arch.  The alcove is at the bottom.  This is the official end of the trail.  We walked farther up the creek for a bit, and then turned around.

This is the other side of that broken rock.  It just sheared off from the section on the left. 

More canyon walls.

This is the view from the parking lot at the trail head.

We drove up to the top of the canyon drive.

There were very few people in this part of Zion.  Given that it was a Sunday, we had elected not to go into the main part of Zion - too many bodies!  There are several hikes in Kolob Canyon, if you haven't been there, you should go.

1 comment:

  1. We did this hike two years ago but in March. When we started it was warm and gorgeous. There were several hiking stick left near the entrance, so I picked up one just to try. Boy was I glad I did! About half way our trail turned into a winter wonderland... with snow covered trails, frozen creeks, and magnificent frozen waterfalls. Everything was so beautiful and we were quite comfortable with our shorts. The hard part were the icy rock steps and little climbs. My hiking stick was life saver. It made for a great adventure. Glad you enjoy yourselves. This is neat hike.