Kolob Arch Adventure

Last weekend I went to Kolob Arch with some good friends in an overnight backpacking trip.  It was a grueling 18 mile hike from start to finish, but well worth it!  Not only was the view great, but the quality time with friends was amazing.

Anyway, the trip through Hop Valley was awesome!  The landscape is absolutely breathtaking!

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It starts out pretty cool, but the further one gets into Hop Valley, its like, WOW!

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Off in the distance, you can see the pine trees at the end of the valley, well, the trail climbs that hill and looks down on La Verkin Creek Valley. (Seen below.)

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Coming down that hill into La Verkin Creek is a killer, but at dusk?  Oh man!

Early next morning, we took a jaunt over to Kolob Arch and was able to enjoy it at sunrise before leaving on the Lee Pass Trail.

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After this view, it was a long grueling climb up to the Lee Pass Trailhead that ended in exhaustion and exhilaration, happy to have done this hike that I’ve always wanted to do, but who knows if it’ll happen again.  We’ll see.

Enjoy,

Kelly

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Weekly Photo’s Challenge: Hiking

I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Hiking! 

Hiking.  It’s what I do!   It’s my favorite thing to do when I’m not working or sleeping.  Of course, it gives me the reason to go out photo shooting.  Recently I went hiking in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park.  I went on the Taylor Creek Trail and believe me, there are some spectacular views in the canyon!

This is Taylor Creek:

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During the hike, it’s fun to look for things that are unusual or interesting.  Take  this lizard for instance, he’s enjoying the sun and warm rock.

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Along the way, there are a couple of pioneer cabins from the homesteading days.  Here is one of them.

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The ultimate goal of hiking of course is the journey and the adventure that goes with it, but sometimes there is a reward at the end of the trail.  In this case, it was a combination of all of these that prompted me to hike this trail.  At the end there is the world famous Double Arch Alcove.

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After the hike, it’s always fun to go up to the view point and look at the Kolob Fingers of Zion National Park.  This section of the park doesn’t get as much publicity or appreciation as the lower canyons.  But it is just as spectacular or more so.

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My philosophy with hiking is this: the journey is the reward, not the destination, although that helps.