First light on the cliff bands.
The goal was to run the Zion Traverse from the East side to the West side of the park. The distance is 48 miles. Here everyone is trying to get ready for the run in a cold 17 degree morning.
Running along the East Rim Trail from the East Entrance.
Along the East Rim Trail
The head of Jolley Gulch
Only a couple of miles into the run and we are already looking at the map.
The high country along the East Rim Trail
Beginning of the descent into Zion Canyon
Descending the East Rim Trail into Zion Canyon
The trail was blasted into the sandstone.
Little slot canyon
There are some huge walls here.
First views to the bottom of Zion Canyon
Lots of paved switchbacks
We had a short section of road, otherwise it is all on trail.
Departing the Grotto and crossing the Virgin River.
The temperature finally started to warm up now.
On the West Rim Trail climbing up towards Angels Landing.
The trail is blasted in the side of the rock.
A lot of work was put into this trail.
Jason running up the paved trail.
Sus was running also.
Looking down Zion Canyon.
Andy still has his legs.
Along the West Rim Trail
Looking down from the saddle with the junction to Angels Landing.
West Rim Trail near Telephone Canyon
Still some frost on the trail.
Back lit tree
Looking Northward near the top of Behunin Canyon
More paved trail carved into the side of the cliffs.
This is where we just came from.
Along the West Rim Trail looking south
Cool looking Canyon
The views were great from up here. There were a bunch of these mesas on top of the sandstone.
I wonder how many people have been on this?
Or this little mesa top.
It doesn't get too much better than this.
The next section of the West Rim Trail went through open high country.
Near Potato Hollow
There are still nice views to the south.
The next section of trail that we went on was the Wildcat Canyon Trail.
Along Wildcat Canyon Trail
So far no issues from drinking directly from the spring
View from the Connect Trail to the Hop Valley Trailhead
Along the Connector Trail
We stopped our run at the Hop Valley Trailhead becuase of limited daylight. This route is a great run.