Saturday, September 3, 2016
Hike 2016.038B -- Taylor Creek Trail to Double Arch Alcove, and Timber Creek Overlook Trail, Kolob Canyon Section, Zion National Park, UT
After leaving Parowan Gap, I headed south on I-15, to the Kolob Canyons Section of Zion National Park. I had been to this section numerous times before, but usually just to enjoy the view from the Timber Creek overlook, before continuing on to Las Vegas. I had also once backpacked down into Timber Creek, to see Kolob Arch, Hop Valley, and Beartrap Valley. But I had never been on the Taylor Creek trail.
It's an easy trail to follow, because you've mostly just going up a canyon. Not a lot of opportunities for wrong turns.
This whole trail had a fair amount of shade, though it still felt pretty hot. Also, being relatively late season, the water was low. There was a smattering of flowers, and, obviously, some butterflies.
I turned around at the Alcove. Not sure how much further one could continue up, but I was, as I noted, far more tired than I would have expected 2.5 miles to make me. Also, I had to drive down to Las Vegas, still, and that was going to be about two hours.
The kid eventually relented.
I wanted to tell him why it was so important to leave the snake alone, but, again, don't want to be the weird guy who talks to stranger's kids.
There's a reason why you rarely see actual wildlife being fat-- they're in balance Enough calories to survive, but no extra weight that's going to slow them down in the pursuit or while being pursued. Push them just a little bit, and that balance is disturbed, and the creature may not win the next race.
After returning to the car, I still felt well enough to take the short walk to the Timber Creek overlook.
It's given as 1/2 mile, each way. Slight altitude gain. Not too different of a view there than just from the parking lot, but, you know, I'm there for the hiking as much as the views, right?
Either way, I'm going to try for another Zion trip later this month. Might try to get something else later in the month, too. Still trying to decide where I can get in the days off I have this fall.