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Type of shoes on easier hikes

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Type of shoes on easier hikes

Hi everyone,

I am making some last minute plans to visit Zion. I'm planning on doing the following hikes: Emerald Pools (at least lower, maybe middle), Riverside Walk, Weeping Rock.

Because this is a last minute plan, I currently don't have any shoes with decent traction available. I have some sneakers with a rubber sole, but not any noteworthy traction.

Would this be a problem, or will it be fine? I'm a 26y/o guy and not an experienced hiker (hence I'll be doing some of the easier hikes).

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Type of shoes on easier hikes

You will be fine with what you have.

Riverside walk is paved,relatively flat and wheelchair accessable.

Weeping Rock is paved.Takes just a few minutes to do.

Lower Emerald trail is dirt, but easily done.

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2. Re: Type of shoes on easier hikes

Thanks for your reply!

I think I'll just go with the shoes that I'm comfortable in then, instead of buying shoes now that I will be uncomfortable in while I'm there.

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3. Re: Type of shoes on easier hikes

Definitely wear shoes that are comfortable, rather than buy new ones that are not yet worn in.

Have fun.

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4. Re: Type of shoes on easier hikes

I agree with Deb that if you're okay with the wear and tear sneakers will probably be okay if the weather is dry, but you might have trouble with the slickrock if it rains. You might want to make sure with a Ranger. Something else to keep in mind: the iron in the red rock can permeate your socks and footwear, so don't use anything that you wouldn't mind getting a permanent orange tinge just in case.

You have most of the major easy hikes covered. I would discuss with a ranger first, but if they agree your footwear is okay and you're steady on your feet and don't have issues with heights, I would also definitely drive out of the Canyon to East Zion and do the easy but sometimes dropoff skirting Canyon Overlook, which ends with an iconic view of the park.

The Watchman Trail is also a pleasant pre or post dinner hike as long as you get back to the shuttle before dark, although a cut below the other easy to moderate trails. It's a nice prologue or epilogue to Zion hiking - just don't do it in midday heat.

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5. Re: Type of shoes on easier hikes

I hiked all Utah's national parks in year-old sneakers / tennis shoes with no problems. Just be careful if doing any scrambling over loose rock or when in wet conditions. The Keyenta Trail connects to Emerald Pools & is a easy & scenic hike to consider in addition to the ones you mentioned. Have fun!

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6. Re: Type of shoes on easier hikes

Don't ever buy new shoes for vacation hiking, no matter wear you're going. The best shoes are the ones you have worn and are comfortable on your feet.

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