Are you looking for advanced hikes? Here are two Advanced Hikes – Waterhole Canyon in Arizona and Angels Landing in Utah.
Waterhole Canyon Hike – Get There
Leaving from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Waterhole Canyon Hike parking is about 308 miles North. Parking is on the east side of the road. There is an entrance between the fencing.
Waterhole Canyon Hike
Many people will visit Antelope Canyon which is nearby. It can get very busy and large crowds. We like to visit Waterhole Canyon which is also a slot canyon with a lot fewer people. You can choose your route. You can go up and back or down and back. Be very mindful of the weather. You do not want to be in the canyon during a flash flood. There have been a few cars crashed in the canyon, therefore you might have to craw over a car to keep hiking. We recommend wearing leather gloves.
Angels Landing Hike – Get There
From the Waterhole Canyon trailhead to Angels Landing trailhead is about 124 miles to the West. On your way there feel free to visit the Town Page and Lake Powell. You get to cross over Glen Canyon Dam too. There is a visitor center at the Dam and restrooms.
Angels Landing Hike
Angels Landing is located in Zion’s National Park. It is about 5 miles each away. It is an uphill with a reported 1,488 foot again and back hike. The trail starts simple and about 2 miles of it is paved. Then it gets exciting. Depending on your skill level and your mental ability with heights you could continue. Bring your gloves for the metal chains on the steep areas. If the trail is busy then you will find yourself waiting for the less experienced (aka scared) hikers that are taking their time to move their feet. I will admit that I did not complete the hike; I stopped at the picnic area right before the last part that had sheer drops on both sides. I could handle one side of a sheer drop off as long as I had a mountain for me to hold on to on the other side.
For more information Zion’s National Park http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-angels-landing-trail.htm
North Rim of Grand Canyon Camping
After Angels Landing hike, we went camping on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We had great clear weather for both hikes. When we woke up in the morning and looked outside our tent, we saw snow on our flip flops. We were not expecting snow. However, we were prepared for snow or cold weather if we were to run into it. Being prepared is part of our 7 Tips for Choosing a Day Hike. We decided it was time to head back down into the Phoenix valley and warm up.
Two Advanced Hikes – Waterhole Canyon and Angels Landing
Have you hiker either Waterhole Canyon or Angels Landing?