Monday, June 1, 2009

Snow Canyon in Utah


Yesterday (5-31), Kathy and I joined Meetup.com for a trip to Snow Canyon in Utah. This was more of a social outing than a hard core hike. Snow Canyon has the same kind of rock as Zion (sandstone) though it's much smaller in size than Zion.

We linked several trails together making a large loop. Highlights include two caves (both you can climb down into), a few tanks, and a wave like outcrop, which is an easy scramble to it's summit, and lots of photo opportunities.

Personally, I am glad I went, but would not go back again. It was too much trail hiking and no peaks of substance to bag.

Facts:
Snow Canyon is about 2.5 hours from Vegas
No real peaks. Highpoints are only 200 to 300 feet above the canyons.
It's a state park, meaning no passes are accepted. Entry fee is $5.00 per car.
The park does have campsites .
Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn
There are about 150 technical routes. I don't know the difficulties or number of pitches.