If you missed day 1 of our Zion Narrows Hike hike, be sure to check it out first here.
After waking up on the second day, we packed up camp, used our toilet in a bag kit. (Yes, you have to carry your own poop out, and it was my least favorite part of the hike. The guys seemed to have no issues.)
We got back into the water at 9 AM. We wound our way through the rest of the campsites and scoped out some of the better ones for next time we visit. Check out the pool at campsite 10 on the right:
Around the 11.5-mile mark, you come across Big Springs, which is the furthest you can go if you hike bottom-up. We took a break here and grabbed some photos of the beautiful springs. If you happen to need more water, it’s a great place to replenish your drinking water.
The lower section brings more obstacles. Large boulders start to appear and there are some sections that the water that start getting deeper. We even had to scramble on portions to avoid wading through the deeper waters. The lower half was mostly ankle to knee deep, but there were some sections that you had to get in waist deep during the time we were there.
Jacob is a total trooper (and good husband) and is taking both our poops down in a trash bag. Would you do it for your wife / husband? :P
The first victim to fall into the mud. As our duty as photographers, it was most important that we document this before asking if our friend was okay. Sorry, Henry! (P.S. I was the only one who didn’t fall, BUT I was also the slowest hiker.)
This was the deepest part of the hike. Some people attempted to traverse on the wall with no luck:
Shortly afterwards, you enter the most narrow part of the canyon along with a lot more day-hikers. This is where you’ll find the iconic Narrows photo opps at Wall Street.
Another two miles of hiking takes you to the opening for Orderville Canyon to your left. We thought about exploring the harrow canyon, but after talking to some people who were coming out, we found out the water was chest deep. Since we had all of our photography equipment with us, we decided to continue down the Narrow. Saving it for next time!
The last landmark in the Narrows was this waterfall, and then it was our last stretch!
After another mile and a half of hiking, you arrive on dry land. Once there, it’s another 20-30 minutes of hiking on the paved Riverside Walk trail to Temple of Sinawava.
We caught a shuttle to the visitor’s center where our car was waiting for us, changed, then headed home.
Tips for the Zion Narrows Hike (Day 2):
- You can do this portion of the hike as a day hike without a permit going bottom up.
- The greener or bluer the water is the deeper it is.
- Day 2 the water is deeper than day 1. The deep portions usually only go for a few feet before you’re back in shallower water.
- We recommend doing the top-down over two days if you like to stop a lot for photos. Some do it all in 1. Day 1 was our favorite day because we felt alone in the wilderness. A total of 10 people did the top down including us that day. Day 2, you have to wait your turn to get photo opps without people in your photo.
- Jacob’s shoes fared the best in the water out of all four of us, however it had the least grip when climbing wet rocks.
- See our Packing Guide and TONS of additional tips here.
Have you hiked through a river before?
Have you been to Zion National Park? What’s your favorite part National Park?