Up, we're going up!
These last two hikes were our favorites in Zion. Hidden Canyon trail is described in the park guide "Long drop-offs. Not for anyone fearful of heights. Follows along a cliff face to the mouth of a narrow canyon." And from there, the trail ends but you are able to explore further into the slot canyon, and it is just magical.
This is where we ditched our water bottles to free up two hands...
Columbines always make us think of our Moms. Most of the Flora has been quite foreign to us ever since Texas, but we recognize these from our Moms gardens.
This is on the way back out of Hidden Canyon, sometimes they give you chains
Angels Landing via West Rim Trail: Strenuous - 5.4 mile round trip - elevation change 1488 ft
"Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. Last section is a route along a steep, narrow ridge to the summit."
This was a little scary! The way is narrow, you have to plan and coordinate with other hikers as you pass each other going up and down. Also had to navigate around a couple clinging to the sandstone walls, afraid to go any further... There are two of these summits to climb before you reach the top.
We made it! Talk about memorable experience :)
And back down again...
This section of the trail is called Walter's Wiggles, 21 switchbacks!
We were sad to leave, but excited to push on to our next destination.