I’m going to depart from my normal format for hiking trails.  The Narrows in Zion National Park needs no description.  The photos speak for themselves.

The National Park hiking guide lists The Narrows trail as strenuous, with 334 feet of elevation gain over the 9.4 mile round-trip hike.  It’s not the elevation that makes it strenuous, rather it’s the condition of the river.  The threat of flash flooding often makes this hike extremely dangerous and inaccessible.

When the water is high, you’re moving against the current in water that can be up to your waist.  Even at the end of the season, parts of the river can be up to your thighs.  You’ll be hiking in water almost the whole way while in The Narrows.

A hiking stick for stability and neoprene water shoes & neoprene 3-5mm socks are recommended.  Perhaps even a dry suit when it’s cold.  The water is cold and there’s no sunlight to keep you warm.  Zion Outfitter, located right outside the park entrance, makes rental of this gear extremely easy.

My only regret is not also bringing a tripod.  I had to shoot at an ISO of 800-2000 due to the lack of light while keeping a fast enough shutter speed, even using my walking stick as a monopod.  Although…if I had actually brought a tripod and used it to set up photos I could have been in there all day.

I completed The Narrows hike in early November when the crowds were thin and the water low.

 

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

the narrows

I hope you enjoyed!  Do you have any experiences from The Narrows to share?

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