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posted by Phil Varney alias pvarney3 on Friday 13th of June 2014 12:53:49 PM

Here's another shot from the Zion Narrows, along the North Fork of the Virgin River. This is one of my favorite shots from the trip, because I think it really captures what it feels like to stand in the lower sections of the Narrows. Cyan-hued spring-fed water flows through the canyon and around a large boulder, with some high ground and vibrant green trees in the background - very typical of the first 2 miles or so of the hike, before Orderville Canyon is reached. We got started on the hike around 8:30 AM or so, and there were already quite a few people making their way up the canyon. The hike is relatively easy (not a whole lot of scrambling over boulders or anything), but you are in the water almost the entire time. The hardest part of the hike (which is consistently labeled as one of the best day hikes in the world, and I agree!) is walking over slick rocks in the faster sections of the river. The flow rate when we were in the canyon was much lower than average for spring-time - less than 50 cfs. Next time I'm in Zion NP I'm going to get a permit to hike the Narrows top-down, and stay in one of the backcountry sites near Big Spring. This way I'll have access to the famous Wallstreet section of the canyon early in the morning without hordes of other hikers around!

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