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Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

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Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

Hi -

We won wave permits and will be making a quick trip to Zion beforehand. Due to vacation day limitations, we don't have time to do the top down. Would you save the narrows for another trip when you could do the full day and see something else, or do the bottom up? Timing is late June.

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1. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

I did the bottom up once when I started in the early morning, stopped for my lunch, then turned around and went back. It was a fantastic (partial) day.

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2. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

I would do the bottom -up.Its a pretty amazing hike, and easily done when the water flows are not in high CFM numbers.Can take anywhere from a few minutes to all day depending on how far you want to go.There is a required turn around at Big Spring.

Top down is more of a commitment, with arranging shuttles, permits and overnight camping, unless you do the full 16 miles in one shot.

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3. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

Thanks for your replies. In your opinion, what's a good amount of time to spend on bottom up to feel like you've gotten the full experience?

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4. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

One more question: Is there a lot of traffic getting in and out of the park and to the trail heads? Yosemite had ridiculous traffic to get into the park when I went there.

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Plan on minimum four hours for the Narrows.

Its about 2 hours to Orderville Canyon which many people use as a turn around point.

There is a required shuttle in the main canyon starting in April, so the only traffic at the canyon trailheads is when people exit the shuttle.(no cars in the canyon except lodge guests)

You can park in town and take the in-town shuttle to the park, then take the in- park shuttle to the trailheads.

There can occasionally be lines at the main gate car entrance, and depending on the number of park visitors that day, the main lot inside the park near the visitor center may be full.

I always try to get on the first shuttle in the morning, but depending on your arrival time, that may not be possible.

If you get to the park early, you also have the option to park at Canyon Junction and start the shuttle ride there. But there are very few spaces there, so this may not work for you.

There can be back ups at the tunnel if you are driving out to the east side of the park. That is due to RV escorts.

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How much time would you leave to get from town to the narrows? Also, by town do you mean Springdale? We'll be driving in from Vegas, but haven't figured out flight times to Vegas yet to know if we will be able to stay close to the park the night before we plan to hike yet. Just want to make sure if we do the narrows we have the time we need to do it. We will need to drive to Kanab that night.

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The in- park shuttle loop takes about 1.5 hours from the visitor center to Temple of Sinawava and back, so figure about 45 minutes for the ride from the VC to the end of the canyon.If you also take the in-town shuttle, you need to add more time for the ride in town and for the walk from the pedestrian entrance to the VC shuttle stop.

The drive from Vegas is just under three hours and you lose an hour entering UT.

Yes Springdale is the town just outside the park.

Springdale to Kanab is in the neighborhood of an hour. A nice place for dinner in Kanab is Rockin V.

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8. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

Springdale will be the most convenient place to stay in order to hike the Narrows the next day. You will be able to leave your car at your hotel, and use the town and park shuttle to get around during the day.

If you plan on renting some gear to help with your narrows hike, you may be able to do that the night before.

Hiking the narrows from the bottom up will give you an excellenmt experience. The Narrows is near the narrowest at the Orderville and Wall Street sections. The walls of Navajo sandstone are near the highest at those points as well. I forget the exact numbers, but the height is well over a thousand feet.

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9. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

As others have said, it is a pretty walk doing bottom up. We stayed at the lodge in the park and found it very convenient for doing the Narrows that way. It might be something to consider if you are pressed for time - others more familiar with the shuttle could provide more info on that (we've always driven in).

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10. Re: Narrows - Top down or bottom up?

Is it possible to hike Narrows to about the Orderville area then back and Angels Landing in same day?

Assuming a VERY early start?