The Complete Guide to Hiking the Narrows in Zion (Gear, Permits, Tips, and more!)

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Is the Narrows hike in Zion National Park on your bucket list? With an exciting trail that follows the curves of the Virgin River and takes you between narrow canyon walls reaching 1,500 feet tall, it should be! In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about hiking in the Narrows so you can start planning your trip.

Megan and Michael standing together in the Narrows

The Narrows is one of the best hikes in Zion National Park. Formed over millions of years and shaped by the erosive forces of the Virgin River, the trailhead starts towards the back of the main Zion Canyon, where the river flows between the towering canyon walls.

There’s not much room for an actual trail, so for much of the hike, you’ll forge your own path through the river as you wander through this epic slot canyon.

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In this guide to hiking the Zion Narrows, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this unique hike, including the different routes, the permit process, essential gear, and tips on staying safe during your trip.

Quick tips for hiking the Narrows

  • Hiking from the bottom up is best for beginners and families (and you don’t need a permit!)
  • Late spring and early fall are the best times of year to hike the Narrows
  • Start early to avoid heat and crowds
  • Budget 1-6 hours to hike the bottom-up route, depending on how far you want to hike
  • Wear the right kind of shoes and bring a walking stick or hiking poles
Megan hiking the Narrows

Planning your Zion Narrows hike

If you plan to hike the Narrows during your visit to Zion National Park, you’ll want to consider which route to take, know what to expect during different seasons, and make sure you have the right gear. In this section, we’ll go into all the details!

Route options & permits

There are three routes to choose from. Here’s a brief overview of each (you can read more details about the routes in these sections).

Bottom-up day hike

This is the most popular way to hike the Narrows. This route begins at the Temple of Sinawava, accessible by the Zion Canyon Shuttle, and does not require a permit. You can venture as far as Big Spring before turning back, covering a total distance of about 10 miles round trip. This option allows hikers to explore the Narrows without dealing with complicated logistics or committing to a full-day or overnight backpacking trip.

Top-down overnight hike (permit required)

This is a more challenging, 16-mile route hiked over the course of two half days. You’ll start at Chamberlain’s Ranch (located outside the park) and trek through the entire length of the Narrows, ending at the Temple of Sinawava. This option offers a more immersive experience and includes camping in designated sites within the canyon.

Top-down day hike (permit required)

A top-down, single-day hike is the most challenging way to hike the Narrows. The average time it takes to hike this 16-mile route is 12 hours. For this hike to be feasible, you’ll need to be a very strong hiker and have enough daylight hours during your visit to complete the hike. 

How to obtain your permit

There are two steps for obtaining your permit to hike the Narrows top-down:
1) securing an advanced reservation online, and
2) purchasing the actual permit at the visitors center before your hike.

Reservations for top-down permits open at 10 am (Mountain Time) on the 5th of the month for hikes the following month. Sound confusing? Here’s how that timing works out:

For a trip in…   Online reservations open at 10 am MT on:
JanuaryDecember 5th
FebruaryJanuary 5th
MarchFebruary 5th
AprilMarch 5th
MayApril 5th
JuneMay 5th
JulyJune 5th
AugustJuly 5th
SeptemberAugust 5th
OctoberSeptember 5th
NovemberOctober 5th
DecemberNovember 5th

To reserve a top-down backpacking permit, go to this page on the National Park Service website and select one of the “Narrows Site” options from the Resource Area drop-down menu (the numbers correspond to these campsites). You’ll be directed to the availability calendar—green dates are available and red dates are not. Select your date, then log in to pay the $5 reservation fee.

To reserve a top-down day hiking permit, go to this page on the National Park Service website and select “Virgin Narrows Dayuse Trail From Top” from the Resource Area drop-down menu. You’ll be directed to the availability calendar—green dates are available and red dates are not. Select your date, then log in to pay the $5 reservation fee.

To pick up and purchase your permit, head to the visitors center the day before your hike or the day of your hike. The visitors center is usually open 8am-5pm (double check here), so if you plan to get an early start, go the day before. The person listed as the reservation holder must pick up the permit in person at the Visitor Center Wilderness Desk and pay the permit fee (this is in addition to the reservation fee already paid): $15.00 for 1 to 2 people, $20.00 for 3 to 7 people, or $25.00 for 8 to 12 people.

What if I couldn’t reserve a permit online?

There are a few options if you weren’t able to reserve an advance permit online. The easiest, of course, is to hike the Narrows bottom-up, which doesn’t require a permit.

Only half of the backpacking permits are available in advance, leaving the others available the day before on a first come, first serve, walk-in basis.

For top-down day hikes, you can apply for the Last Minute Drawing for any open reservations. The application opens 7 days before the hike date and remains open until 12pm MT two days before. The drawing is held at 1pm MT two days before the hike.

Yellow aspen trees in the Narrows Canyon
Image courtesy of AllTrails

Best time to hike the Narrows

Summer: Zion sees increased visitation from June through September, so this is the most popular time to hike the Narrows, but it’s also the most crowded. July-September has the highest flash flood potential. However, this is also when the water and air temperatures are warmest, so you likely will not need to rent special gear like dry pants/suits.

Fall: The end of September and October are widely considered the best times to hike the Narrows. Water levels are lower, there is a reduced risk of floods, and crowds are thinner. However, temps are starting to drop.

Winter: This time of year is downright cold (hypothermia is a real risk), but it is possible to hike with the right gear. The water levels and flood danger are typically low.

Spring: The Narrows are often closed for much of April and sometimes into May due to high water levels. However, if the water is right, the latter part of May is a great time to hike (this is when we did it).

Megan and Michael wearing hiking boots

Essential gear to hike the Zion Narrows

In preparation for this hike, many people decide to rent specialized gear like canyoneering shoes, neoprene socks, walking sticks, waterproof pants, and even full zip-up dry suits. While this gear can be absolutely essential during winter and early spring, it can be a little overkill during the warmer summer months. In the summer and early fall, when the water is warm, it is possible to hike the Narrows with the basic hiking equipment you probably already own:

Footwear: Since much of the hike is spent walking in a river with varying-sized rocks, you’ll want to wear closed-toe shoes with sturdy, grippy soles. Leave your Tevas, Chacos, flip flops, and soft water shoes behind and opt for a pair of trail runners or light hiking boots, ideally with a Vibram sole. Alternatively, you can rent canyoneering boots, which are designed to provide a solid grip when hiking in water.

Socks: Wet socks and shoes can be a recipe for blisters, which is why many people opt to wear neoprene socks, which fit snugly to avoid rubbing against your wet skin. We personally wore wool socks with our light hiking boots during our hike and didn’t experience any blisters.

Clothing: Our biggest tip here is to wear layers! Start with a lightweight and quick-drying synthetic top and bottoms (avoid cotton). Pack a synthetic insulating jacket in a dry bag—even in summer. In colder months, you may also want to bring a fleece mid-layer.

Hiking stick/poles: The most common rental you’ll see when hiking the Narrows is a classic wooden walking stick. The fast current and uneven riverbed can make it a challenge to maintain your footing, so having a way to support yourself can prevent a tumble into the water. We used our trekking poles and they worked just fine.

Dry bags and waterproofing: A waterproof dry bag will keep your electronics safe in the event you do end up in the water. It’s also a good idea to store your warm layers in a dry bag when you’re not wearing them.

Water: You need to carry all the water you need for your hike. Because of the presence of cyanobacteria, there is no way to treat the water to make it safe to drink from the river.

Rental options in Springdale

In cooler months, you may need to rent specialized gear to safely hike the Narrows. These are some of the items that can be rented for your hike:

Footwear Package: Most gear outfitters offer a package that includes canyoneering shoes, neoprene socks, and a walking stick. These items are helpful any time of year, helping to provide solid footing and stability when walking on the rocks in the river. The neoprene socks help insulate your feet and prevent blisters.

Dry pants: During the cooler fall and spring months, dry pants will help keep your legs warm and dry.

Dry bibs: If you’re likely to encounter sections of the hike with water levels at or above your waist, opt for a dry bib.

Waterproof bags/dry sack: For clothing and camera gear.

Here are the most popular and highest-rated gear rental shops near Zion:

Michael standing in the middle of the river in the Narrows

What to expect on a bottom-up day hike

Length and difficulty level 

The Narrows hike can be as short as two miles round trip along the Riverwalk, up to 10 miles to go all the way to Big Springs and back. It all depends on how long you want to hike.

The difficulty of the hike depends primarily on the current water flow rate in the canyon (measured in cubic feet per second, or CFS). As the CFS increases, so does the speed and height of the water.

A CFS rate of 0-60 makes for an easier hike, 60-90 is moderately difficult, and rates of 90+ are increasingly challenging (and not suitable for smaller children). If the CFS passes 150, the park service will close the Narrows.

Here, you can see a graph of the current flow rate:

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Graph of  Discharge, cubic feet per second
Megan hiking in the river in the Narrows

Mile-by-mile itinerary

Trailhead: The hike begins at the Temple of Sinawava. This is the last Zion Shuttle stop (#9) from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.

Mile 0-1: The first mile of the hike follows the Riverside Walk trail. This path is paved and follows along the river, and you’ll be able to enjoy close-up views of “weeping walls” and hanging gardens. If you have young kids, or if the water levels are too high to do the entire hike, you can do just this section for a scenic, 2-mile hike.

Miles 1-3: Once the Riverside Walk ends, be ready to get wet because after this point, you’ll begin to hike in the river. Here, you’ll come to the Gateway of the Narrows and the lower Narrows, where the river usually extends wall-to-wall.

A half-mile past the end of the Riverside Walk, you’ll reach Mystery Falls, a 110-foot waterfall that cascades down the canyon walls.

Keep hiking as the canyon twists and turns. In another mile, you’ll reach the Narrows Alcove—a cool feature where the river has begun to carve under the canyon walls, creating an alcove of overhanging rock walls. 

Orange canyon walls rising up from a river

Miles 3-4: At the three-mile mark, you’ll come to a junction with Orderville Canyon (it will be on the right). You can take a detour through this narrow slot canyon, which will lead you to Veiled Falls. It’s about 1½ miles round-trip to walk through Orderville Canyon. We recommend saving this for the way back (if you’re up to it) and continuing up through the Narrows instead.

After passing the entrance to Orderville Canyon, you’ll begin the section of the Narrows known as Wall Street. This is the most well-known part of the hike, where the canyon starts to close in, and you’ll really begin to appreciate just how tall the walls are!

Shortly after entering Wall Street, you’ll come to Floating Rock, a huge, 45-foot wide boulder that sits right in the middle of the river. After this point, the water pools become deeper. Depending on the overall water levels, you may encounter water that is waist-deep or higher. If you’re not ready to get that wet, this is a good turnaround point.

Wall Street continues for another half mile or so passed Floating Rock. You’ll see a set of boulders that will mark the end of Wall Street.

Miles 4-5: The canyon walls will widen once again, and you can hike for another mile upstream before reaching the final landmark and end of the bottom-up hike: Big Springs. Here you’ll find a number of small waterfalls created by the springs flowing through the canyon walls.

Once you reach this point, you’ll turn around and head back downriver. The hike back down is typically a little easier (because you’re walking with the current) and will often take half the time it took you to hike the trail upriver.

A man hiking between narrow canyon walls
Image courtesy of AllTrails

What to expect on top-down hikes

In addition to securing a permit, a top-down hike of the Narrows requires some additional logistics and planning. In this section, we’ll cover these additional details.

Length and difficulty level

This 16-mile route is challenging, especially if you are attempting it as a single-day adventure. On average, it takes hikers 12 hours to complete, though it can take upwards of 14 hours.

If you’re hiking it as an overnight, you’ll hike between 9-11 miles the first day, and 7-5 miles the second day—the exact mileage will be dependent on your campsite location.

Trailhead access and transportation

The trailhead for this route is located outside the park at Chamberlain’s Ranch. In theory, you could drive to the trailhead yourself (if you have a way to get back to your car after your hike), but the best option is to hire a shuttle.

Here are the two most common shuttle options:

  • Red Rocks Shuttle
  • $60 pp, 4 person minimum
  • Departs from the Zion Visitors Center at 6:00 am, 9:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 5:00 pm

Transportation to Chamberlain Ranch from Springdale takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Additionally, you’ll need to consider the timing of the Zion Park Shuttle to make sure you can finish your hike before the last shuttle leaves.

In 2023, the last shuttle leaves the Temple of Sinawava at:

March 11-May 20: 7:15 pm
May 21-Sept 17: 8:15 pm
Sept 18-Nov. 4: 7:15 pm

Mile-by-mile itinerary

Miles 0-3: The first part of the hike consists of a dirt road walk from Chamberlian’s Ranch to Bulloch’s Cabin.

Miles 3-9: This section is where you’ll begin to hike in the river and descend into the Upper Narrows. Towards the end of this section, you’ll encounter Twelve Foot Falls, which you’ll navigate down on the left side. Be sure to turn around once you’re downriver to fully appreciate them!

Miles 9-11: You’ll be treated to towering walls in this section, and if you’re camping, this is where you’ll start to keep an eye out for your designated campsite.

Mile 11 is where the top-down hike meets the bottom-up route. You can read more detailed descriptions about what to expect in the previous section of this post, but here is a quick summary:

Miles 11-12: Big Spring to Wall Street

Miles 12-13: Wall Street—the most famous part of the Narrows!

Miles 13-15: Wall Street ends and you’ll continue hiking through the lower Narrows

Miles 15-16: The paved Riverside walk beings, taking you to the end of the hike at the Temple of Sinawava


You’ll need to bring everything you need for camping if you spend the night in the canyon. Here is our complete backpacking checklist to help you determine what gear you need. Here are a few items we’d like to call out specifically:

  • Water from the Virgin River can not be safely filtered to drink. There are some springs that may be suitable to filter water from, but you will want to speak with a ranger to verify where they are and if they are currently running. Otherwise, plan on bringing all the potable water you will need with you. 
  • Pack a small stove for cooking meals (or choose no-cook meals). There are no campfires allowed, but canister stoves are OK.
  • Bring a second set of clothes to change into at the end of the day, and store them in a heavy-duty zip lock or a dry bag. If your hiking clothes get wet during the day (and they probably will), you will want to have dry stuff to change into and sleep in.
  • Bring a set of camp shoes or sandals. These will be very welcome if your shoes are soaked from the hike!
  • It will be cold in the canyon at night, even in summer. Bring appropriate layers and a warm sleeping bag.
  • See the rest of the backpacking essentials here.

What to do when you’ve gotta go

On a full day or overnight hike, you’ll likely need to use the restroom, if not several times! When hiking the Narrows, the park requests that you pee directly in the river (this is different than how you’d handle pee on most hikes).

If you need to poop, you will use a waste kit (like this or this) and pack everything out with you—please do not dig catholes or poop in the river.

A sign showing flood risk
Image courtesy of AllTrails

Safety tips

The Narrows is a completely different type of trail than the other hikes in Zion, so you should be aware of these safety considerations:

River walking & foot placement: Imagine trying to walk through rushing water. Now, imagine walking through rushing water on top of a bunch of slippery bowling balls. That’s what the Narrows hike can feel like!

It’s important to wear proper footwear (no sandals!) to avoid smashing your toes and to give you good grip and stability on the rocks. A walking stick will also help you maintain balance.

We found that facing upriver and side-stepping in a zig-zag pattern was helpful in hiking upriver when there was no dry trail.

Flash floods: There is a potential danger of flash flooding in the Narrows canyon. Be sure to check the National Weather Service flood forecast before your hike, and do not hike if there’s a risk of flooding. There is little high ground in the canyon and people have died in flash floods here.

This is a great resource by the Park Service to help familiarize yourself with what to look for and what to do if flooding occurs.

Water quality & Cyanobacteria: Recently, cyanobacteria have been found in the Virgin River within the Narrows. These produce deadly toxins, so you must avoid swimming, submerging your head, and getting water in your mouth.

According to the park service: “There is no known recreational water filtration method that is effective at removing cyanotoxins. If you must filter water for drinking… filter and disinfect it directly from a spring.”

Check for the current advisory level at the Wilderness Desk in the Visitor’s Center. The Narrows will be closed if the bacteria levels rise to a “Danger” Advisory.

Hypothermia: The temperature in the canyon will be lower than it is in Springdale, and the water is cold, even in summer. This combination means that there is a real risk of developing hypothermia, especially if the water is deep.

Bring layers (pack them in a waterproof bag), rent dry pants or a dry suit if the conditions warrant it, and be aware of the signs of hypothermia.

Heat Exhaustion: The heat can be relentless during the summers in Zion, even within the Narrows. Make sure you’re drinking adequate water to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. If you start to experience signs of heat exhaustion (nausea, fatigue, headaches, stomach cramps, clammy skin), find a shady spot to rest and drink some water.

Megan crossing the river in the Narrows

If you have additional questions about hiking the Narrows, visit the Zion Visitor’s Center before your hike or call them at 435-772-3256. The park rangers there are super knowledgeable and can answer questions about the trail and give you up-to-date water and weather conditions.

This guide was originally posted in June 2016, and updated in 2023 with more information.

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  1. Thank you for this post!! My boyfriend and I took your advice and hiked it with our own gear and everything worked out wonderfully! We didn’t have trekking poles, but there were some “natural” poles at the start of the hike that we were able to use. I wish we would have thrown some flip-flops into our backpack for the paved part of the walk back to the shuttle, but no complaints from us… this hike was magical!! You also feel just a little more bad ass when you’re not using the same gear as everyone else 🙂

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed your hike, Michelle! The Narrows really are such a special place.

      I agree that any ole pole would work – it’s just nice to have something to help balance when it’s rocky or the current wants to push you around.

      You’re totally right about the flip flops!! We also walked back in soggy shoes but it would have been nice to have our Chacos to change into.

  2. This sounds great! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip for next year and we will definitely follow your advice! BTW, what time in the year did you guys go?

    1. Hi Fabbiola – we did this hike in late May. The conditions definitely fluctuate throughout the seasons though. Have a great time on your trip!

  3. I see your wearing hiking boots, thru the water? What kind are the best? We are thinking of going next summer.

    1. Kristie – we did use our hiking boots, but they are very lightweight and meshy, so they dry out pretty quickly. I wouldn’t recommend heavy duty boots since they would likely get pretty heavy when wet. We currently both wear Merrell Moab Ventilator boots, but prior to those we had a pair of lightweight boots by Vasque that were also excellent.

  4. All that you’ve said is sufficient for hiking from the bottom up to the spring. I’ll only add:
    1. It’s always advisable to have poles or a walking stick (preferably a walking stick, poles are known to break) for leverage. Need fluctuates with water level but I’d still take something.
    2. Wear a minimum of .5mm neoprene socks with thin merino wool socks underneath even in summer. Even if you’re going to wear hiking boots/shoes this is the best combo for staying warm. Wool retains heat even when wet and protects you from rubbing against seams in the neoprene sock. Do NOT wear cotton. Do NOT wear open toe anything.
    3. Don’t wear anything cotton. Take only synthetic clothes.
    4. Please understand that hiking down from the TOP of the narrows (16 miles) is much much different than from the bottom and requires much more gear and corners cannot be cut.

    1. Just wanted to confirm what Brian said. If you’re hiking from the bottom up, it is very easy to do using gear you already have. I’ve done this many times on spur-of-the-moment trips to Zion (I’m a Utah local). HOWEVER, if you are planning on hiking from the top down, plan carefully and do not cut corners. It’s a long trip and completely miserable–and dangerous–if you don’t have the proper gear for the conditions.

      We’re getting ready for our sixth trip down as I type, and I can attest that a sturdy walking stick is vital bottom up or top down. Those ugly yellow boots that everyone laughs at? We’ve found them to be very valuable equipment when hiking the full 16 miles top down over what feels like moss covered bowling balls with a fully loaded pack.

      1. Hello, we are planning a trip to Zion Park on mid September, what can you tell me about the average temperature and water conditions.
        And what would be the best hike rout for a forts time hikers couple.

        Thank you!

      2. hello stacy
        we are going first time to utah and i just wanted to have expirance( first water hiking) of
        hike in the narrows. is there a way we can go half way and come back?
        also you said from bottom to up is little easy for beginners or first timer?
        what kind of yellow boots are good to buy?

    2. Hi Brian,

      We are planning to do the Narrows on mid September and hike from the top to bottom.
      Why is this hike more difficult than going from bottom to Top?
      Or did I misunderstood?

  5. Hello, Thinking of purchasing those hiking boots for an upcoming trip to Zion. How fast did they dry out after? Were they dry for hiking the next day? Thanks so much for these tips. We’re going in October and trying to decide which new equipment to purchase.

    1. Those Moab Ventilators dry out pretty quick. Depends on how hot it is, of course. But if you hike the narrows in the morning and then let them dry out all day, they should be good for another hike the next day.

    2. good to know. thank you! getting excited for our trip! just bought the Moab ventilators and the are so comfortable!

  6. Hi! My boyfriend and I are going the first weekend in November to Zion just for the weekend and planning on hiking Angels Landing the first day, then trying the Narrows on the second day. Obviously depending on how chilly it actually is we may not be able to do the Narrows. I have a few questions: how cold is too cold to try the Narrows? and even if one couldn’t do an actual hike is there still dry ground you can walk on to at least see part of it? I am also a first time Hiker, I am fairly athletic, but are either of these two trails dangerous for someone who has little experience? Any insight is greatly appreciated!

    1. November might be too cold to hike the narrows without specialty equipment (waterproof booties, neoprene pants, etc) Check with the gear shops in Springdale when you arrive as they will have a good idea how cold the river is running. As for being a first-time hiker, Angel’s Landing is a pretty tough one to start on. Especially if there is any snow on the trail. A portion of the trail runs along a narrow ridgeline with thousand foot drops off each side. So any lack of traction can be something to worry about. Ask when you get there what the conditions are like. Otherwise, we have a list of other great hikes in the area.

  7. I’m planning a trip to explore Utah this summer (June) and the Narrows is on my list. I will be hiking with my 2 young boys- ages 7 and 6. They are both good hikers – 5mi in the snow at yellowstone, Volksmarch at Crazy Horse. They don’t mind getting wet at all. I’m wondering though if the current may be too strong for them? My 6 year old is easy to piggy back but the 7 year old is on his own. Thoughts on kids in the Narrows? We won’t be hiking the entire route.

    1. Honestly, it all depends on the day. During the time we stayed in Zion, the river’s levels fluctuated constantly. Some days would be a piece of cake for your two boys, others could be a bit hairy. Check with the park rangers and they can give you monthly averages, but you’ll need to make game day decision when you’re there.

  8. So I own Chacos and have used them to treck across waterfalls, climb slippery rocks, and walk through rivers in Belize. Do you think they would be fine for the narrows? They have enough traction for sure

    1. Grip-wise they will be fine. Two concerns would be: toe protect and water temperature. You’ll be stepping around on a lot of underwater features and in a few sections, the water current doesn’t give you a lot of visibility. It might be nice to have something covering your toes so you don’t accidentally stub them into a rock. In the height of summer, the water temp will still be pretty cool but probably manageable in Chacos. While the boots we used obviously got soaking wet, our wool socks did act like a semi wetsuit for our feet (keeping warmer water trapped near our feet).

  9. My husband hiked the narrows. He’s 6’2” tall and was up to his shoulders in water!

    1. Chris Ring says:


      What time of year did your husband hike the narrows?

  10. Maria Aguilar says:

    Do i need to contact a special guide to hike through the narrows, im going with a group of 13

  11. Sue Barton says:

    Were your boots water proof?

    1. No, we did not have waterproof boots. We just embraced the fact that they were going to get wet. Not a problem in the summer, but more of an issue later in the season.

  12. Great advice. I’m thinking of heading to Zion this weekend. How early did you start the hike to beat the crowds?

    1. We got in as early as we could. I forget the actual time, but as early as possible. I think we were on the first round of shuttles that went into the park.

  13. Paul Rivard says:

    My wife rented the boots and pole. She loved it. She didn’t complain about her feet. I went with Salomon hiking boots for $139 before we left for the trip. They worked great but got small stones inside. I had to take them off to empty out the stones. She did not have to with the rented boots that strap tight to your ankle. Doing it again, I would rent the boots and walking stick.

  14. This article really helped us. We were prepared to rent if need be, but our conversation with the Rangers confirmed our feeling that we could use our own gear, which we did. We are in our late 60s and always hike with poles, so having 2 poles, vs. the one that is rented, was really useful. The river was cold, but not as icy as others have written (we hiked on 7/2/21). We used our own boots, wool socks, and yes of course our feet were wet, but not terribly cold.

    We were in the water by 6:45AM, along with some people but maybe only 50-75. We hiked in about 1.8 miles and on our way back, we think we saw 1000 people, many ill-prepared. So everything you’ve read about crowded national parks is true.

    Fabulous hike though. Was quite cool in the canyon b/c we left before the sun was overhead. Unforgettable experience. Water levels were moderate. I’m 5’3″ and the water was up to my waist for @ 5 minutes, but mostly was shin/knee height.


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