My quick and dirty write up experience from the Zion National Park trip

So, you’re planning on to go to Zion National Park and you’re wondering what you need to pack… Well, considering that this was my first actual camping experience, I’ll try to list some of the necessary items you need. First, I’ll talk about what I had and my experience, and hopefully, you’ll be able to learn from that.

My Situation: Went with a group of friends that have been doing these trips before, so I was in good hands.

Campground: Stayed at Watchman Campground (car camping), we had a group site. You’ll definitely need to reserve a camp site here. Bathrooms (pretty clean and maintained) and water stations were nearby.

My trip date: June 26, 2015 – June 28, 2015

Hike 1: Angels Landing
Permit: Not Required
Distance: about 5 miles
Length: took us about 5 hours
Gear: Snacks, 2 liter water bladder in a small backpack that could only fit this bladder, and a couple of snacks. Make sure to ration your water, because the hike is pretty strenuous. You’re climbing up a mountain and you’ll be using chains. Bring gloves, in case its really hot for the chains.

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Hike 2: The Narrows
Permit: Not Required
Distance: Up to 16 miles (we turned around after a few miles)
Length: took us about 4-5 hours
Gear: Same gear as Angels Landing, was able to squeeze 2 sandwiches. It can get a little chilly in this hike. Trekking pole (recommended), but I used a wooden stick that came from a pair of water shoes that a buddy of mine rented from the nearby store. I used some breathable train running shoes with neoprene socks. The neoprene socks was amazing! Highly recommend it for any hiking activities involving water.

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Hike 3: Subway (My favorite hike), bottom up
Permit: Required
Distance: about 9 miles
Length: took us about 8 hours
Gear: Same thing as The Narrows. Our group had a water filter system which we had to use twice. Definitely recommend, especially during hot weather seasons. The trail was not as groomed, but just follow the river and you should be fine. The hardest part was going back, as we had to climb back up a mountain. The hike took us about 6 hours.

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Overall, I was not prepared for the campsite, and not as much on the hikes as I hoped for. Although, I got by, I just wish I had my own gear.

Prospective gear list: Gregory Baltoro 65L, Osprey Talon 33L (for dayhikes), Kelty SB20, some trekking pole, some tent. Still haven’t figured out which trekking pole and tent.

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