Hiking the Bryce Figure 8

Given our many hiking options at Bryce Canyon, I was leaning towards a strenuous route informally called the Figure 8, a combination of three different trails that covered over 6 miles in an estimated 4-5 hours. We started at Sunset Point (best viewed at sunset) on the Navajo trail, which brought us immediately down into the canyon via a serious of switchbacks, and through a narrow gap called Wall Street, featuring some tall trees growing right out of the rock.

We then caught a connection over to the 3 mile Peekaboo loop, so-named we learned by experience because the trail had many ups and downs. Amazing views—but also pretty exhausting. I’d love to know the gross elevation ascended, not just the net. About half way we stopped for lunch, heated up some pre-cooked lentil rice biryani I imported from Trader Joes. And enjoyed a break.

We finished the loop and then caught the flatter Queen’s Garden trail all the way around to the Sunrise Point (best viewed at sunrise) somewhat quicker than we expected. The trail is named that because there’s a hoodoo shaped like Queen Victoria in profile towards the end.

It was late afternoon when we finished, so we took a break from nature to get some internet time in outside the General Store, updated my blog, and researched our options for Thursday.

First view of Bryce Canyon
First view of Bryce Canyon
Looking down at the Navajo switchbacks towards Wall Street at Bryce Canyon National Park
Looking down at the Navajo switchbacks towards Wall Street
Descent towards Wall Street at Bryce Canyon National Park
Descent towards Wall Street
Looking up at the hoodoos along the Navajo trail at Bryce Canyon National Park
Looking up at the hoodoos along the Navajo trail
Bryce amphitheater from the Peekaboo trail
Bryce amphitheater from the Peekaboo trail
The Wall of Windows at Bryce Canyon National Park
The “wall of windows”
Bryce Canyon National Park hoodoos come in many different colors
Hoodoos come in many different colors
Me at Queen's Garden in Bryce Canyon National Park
Me at Queen’s Garden
Queens Garden at Bryce Canyon National Park
Queens Garden (Queen Victoria hoodoo not pictured)
Stephanie and Justin at Sunset Point (at sunset) in Bryce Canyon National Park
Stephanie and Justin at Sunset Point (at sunset)

and literally 300 more…

4 Comments

moumounette

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WONDERFUL DAYS. JUSTIN ALL YOUR PICTURES ARE ABSOLUTLY GREAT. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY ! LOTs OF LOVE !

I’ve got one more day left: hiking Zion National Park. I just haven’t had time to look through the photos. Maybe tonight!

Blair

I was looking for an apt pic of a sunset for a publication and stumbled upon this site…..Yes, great….but how are you at canoe trips? lol
Great pics Justin!

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