Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hiking Bryce Canyon

I went hiking in Bryce Canyon this weekend! I had always wanted to do it. I met someone who had done it several times and offered to be my tour guide, so I couldn't pass it up. We started from a trail head near the town of Tropic. We didn't have to pay to get into the park! Here I am at the beginning of our hike. We had a stile to go over the fence.
The scenery was so beautiful. I know there are a lot of photos, but I really DIDN'T put them ALL in!
The formations in Bryce are called Hoo doos. I always wanted to walk among the Hoo doos. Besides I like to say Hoo doo.







We went from the Tropic trail and then joined the Navajo Loop. We took the part of the loop that went through the slot canyon called Wall Street. Then up to Sunset Point. We walked over to the lodge and took a break. Then we took the other half of the Navajo loop and rejoined the Tropic trail and retraced our way out.





You can see some of the switchbacks here with people coming out of Wall Street. It really is only a short piece that is so steep.



looking back on Wall street.
























My friend Luke and I. He was a great host and tour guide!





Looking down on Thor's hammer and the switch backs down.


























































































Our cabin! I loved the swing.
















Luke made us a great fire every night. He had some great pieces of maple that was salvage from work. The stars were so beautiful out there too. I don't get to see the milky way that often!










People were concerned that I was going hiking with someone I hadn't met in person before. The were afraid that he might be a bad person. Luke posed with his ax to show that he was an ax murderer!















This morning when I left, we walked to Mossy Cave and saw this pretty waterfall there.




















And I got to see this cool herd of Antelope as I was leaving! Thanks Luke for a great time!

















7 comments:

Amy said...

Awesome tour! Was it a hard hike and how long did it take for the whole thing? Luke sounds like a great tour guide and friend to have around.

Suzanne Barker said...

Amy, we did about 6.5 miles. You can take a mile off if you don't go to the lodge. No it wasn't really hard, but I do have some soreness. I think it was from so much up and down.

Cynthia said...

I'm looking forward to being up there myself this week. I LOVE your photos.

Bandanamom said...

Gorgeous photos. It's such a pretty area. I'm glad you had fun! We'll talk!

rb2 said...

HOO DOO!! Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Nice, what does Hoo Doo mean? I was just thinking myself about going out somewhere where I could see the stars!

brycecanyon said...

Trying to figure out my favorite hiking trail at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. This may be due to the fact that Bryce Canyon is one of my favorite National Parks in the entire United States, so I enjoyed all the trails.

Hiking in Bryce Canyon