Back in June, my family did some amazing hikes. This is the first hike they did. I didn’t get to do this with them since I was still in a sling, but I’ve hiked this many times since my Grandma lives only about 40 minutes away. These pictures took me back to my young, spry days when I hiked like a mountain goat and ran down switchbacks without my knees screaming at me. Now that I’m older, I hike more like a dairy cow (Moooo! Give me a snack.)
This trail is amazing! It was made by the CCC’s back during the Great Depression and is a tribute to what men can do when they put muscle and mind to work. It awes me what they did–digging tunnels through mountains, making trails up to the tippy tops of cliffs.
The trail is dug into the side of one cliff and then takes you back through a pretty slot canyon, and up the side of another cliff with 21 steep switchbacks (all paved and bricked), and then out onto a razorback (which can be kind of scary–hence, the chains to hold onto).
If you have vertigo or get dizzy, don’t do this hike (or only go to the top of the switchbacks and then turn back–you still get an awesome view from there, but don’t have to go out on the chain part). I haven’t done it since my honeymoon, and I don’t remember feeling scared at all then…but I think the heights would get to me more now that I’m older). This Youtube video is awesome to get a feel for the hike and the spectacular views up there. Zion National Park is heaven to me! I hiked and played there countless times as a kid, and every time I go there now, it feels like coming home.