|We're gettin' to the top of that thing!|
1.) Hard (nothing we would typically do w/ the kids)... I wanted to get a good workout in.
2.) Remote... just in case we did want to throw in some "romance" ha.. :)
My friend Matt, who always has perfect suggestions for supremely awesome hikes, suggested jughandle arch and center of the universe. The hike would take us to the top of a notable arch in Zion's east canyon and to Center of the Universe (a crazy cool-looking expanse on the hike out. Bonus).
|The hike really got your heart pumpin'|
|It took about an hour to get to this point. Now, how to get on top!|
|Closer up of arch|
|I love it! Sun, snow, tank top, bliss!|
So back down we went, into the wash to the right (west) and through a lot of scrub and bushes filling the valley below. Meandering our way to the back of the valley, heading north towards a rockfall that would be our route to the top.
|Steve looking down at the valley below|
I gotta admit, I was a little nervous looking up (and up, and up) and the boulders and rocks we'd be climbing on. It's always a little intimidating because rocks can fall. And people do die. I don't want to die.
But as we started going up, it seemed doable and not quite as terrifying. After about 20 leg burning and butt sculpting minutes, we had arrived at the top of the plateau. YAY!
|Final pitch to the top|
|Yay we made it :)|
|Views for miles and miles|
|On top of a scary craggy arch|
|meditating :) ha ha not really|
The Center of the Universe route would require us to go back down that crazy rock slide, back into the bush whacky valley, around some snow, up some steep slick rock and then...
We were there!
|That little dot in the middle right is me :)|
|If you like remote, wonderful wilderness, this is the place for you!|
|Always looking for a trail to run on|
My 2016 Valentines: Steve and Zion National Park. Both get a gold star for making my heart race and making me weak in the knees. Awwww cheeze.. xoxo
Here are the directions we followed. This guy has a really awesome website! Enjoy!