Thursday, September 15, 2016
Hike 2016.042B -- Pa 'Rus Trail, Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, UT
This trail runs from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction, along (and crossing) the Virgin River, and parallel to highway UT-9. It's wide and paved, and intended for both bikes and hikers. It's also mostly unshaded, which makes it more of an afternoon or morning hike, or a spring or fall hike. If hiked in the middle of a summer day, it's hot, and the shadows make photographing the canyon difficult.
hike to Northgate Peaks the day before, then the still relatively short (though, admittedly, steep) trail to Angels Landing earlier, and intending to return towards Las Vegas later in the day, but still not having met my fitbit step total, I wanted a short additional hike, so this was it.
My car was just outside the national park boundary. When I arrived that morning, the line entering the park was slow, and the parking was reported to be full. So I walked the additional 1/2 mile or so to my car, then headed back towards I-15.
It was still only early afternoon, and plenty of daylight remained. But it was also a hot summer day, and I didn't want to be getting into Las Vegas too late, so I called it a day.