SaddleBrooke Hiking Club visits St. George, Utah

Yant; Photo by Thomas Stafford.

Dave Sorenson

In early April, 96 club members hiked the St. George, Utah area, including Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park. The trip was planned by Dave Sorenson and Rob Simms. Roy Carter, Frank Earnest, Barbara Wilder, Ruth Caldwell, Elizabeth Wheeler, Don Taylor, along with Dave and Rob, were hiking guides. The hiking Utah was wonderful and the group had lots of fun while they were out there.

Highlights of the trip included the Candy Cliffs of Yant Flats, an amazing series of multi-hued, undulating, wave-like formations. Many hikers participated in a hike to the Snow Canyon overlook which has a drop of over 1,000 feet at the overlook. Colder than normal conditions led to an improvised hike to remote Water Canyon, one of the best kept secrets in Utah. Water Canyon has a series of waterfalls in an impressive canyon off the beaten path. The West Rim of Zion Canyon was also hiked, which has sheer drop offs of 2,000 feet in places.

The hiking guides were happy to talk the club members through all the information about the local area, telling them all about the rich history of the place. A lot of the members were more interested in the history than the hiking itself! The trip was a great success and we are eager to do something similar in the future. Hopefully, the weather will be back to their normal conditions so we don’t need to do any improvised hiking!

Other hikers took in the rock formations and petroglyphs of the St. George area and wilderness hikes near Zion. Southern Utah is a hiker’s paradise.