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Spring Break: Backpacking

Backpacking, Camping, & Hiking - 1 SPOT AVAILABLE
Zion National Park, UT  

Date: Spring Break 2018: Saturday – Sunday, Mar. 3-11, 2018

Cost: $576 + meet in Las Vegas Airport

If a monthly payment plan is needed, please email Linda Rosenkranz

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 15

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 pm at the ORC

This was a new trip in 2016 and we liked it so much we are offering it AGAIN! We will meet at the Las Vegas airport and then drive up to Zion National Park for a week of backpacking and hiking. Zion is an incredible park with impressive sandstone mountains, canyons, and towers. It also features a dry, southwest desert, kind of like that which is in the Grand Canyon. Due to the high elevations and chance of snow, we will not be going to certain parts of the park. However, we have planned two backpack trips: an overnight in the southwest part of the park and a 3-4 day trip in the northwest part of the park. Both trails will lead to beautiful and spectacular sights! Weather permitting; we hope to hike up the famous Angels Landing trail in between the two trips. Total hiking for the week will be around 56 miles, but we will not have our backpack on for all of this. Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip. Everyone who goes must be in good physical shape by the time we leave. Participants are expected to attend one of two all day sessions on a Saturday in 2018. This will involve a Pre-Zion Training Hike and a meeting following the hike.

Expected duration: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, but specific dates are yet to be determined. For your flight to LAS, arrive no later than 2 pm on 3/3 and leave no earlier than 9 am on 3/11.

Cost includes van transportation to/from Las Vegas, in-Zion food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees. Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay

Trip Itinerary (tentative depending on backcountry permits; as of 10-3-17):

Sat. 3/3
2:00 pm Meet Linda at Las Vegas Airport Baggage Claim (or if on same flight, then hang at airport or go with to get van, etc. )
Drive to St. George, UT and hotel.
Eat Dinner out.

Sun. 3/4
7:00 am Leave Hotel and drive to Zion N.P.
Pick up backcountry permits and run the vehicle shuttle.
Begin Backpacking Trip on the Chinle Trail
Hike 8 miles. Camp near Coal pits Wash Spring.

Mon. 3/5
Hike out 8 miles down Coal Pits Wash. Shuttle the vehicles.
Camp at Main Campground

Tues. 3/6
Hike up Angel’s Landing, 5 miles RT (weather permitting)
Camp at Main Campground

Wed. 3/7
Run shuttle for backpacking trip while group cooks breakfast & packs up
Begin 2nd Backpacking Trip on the Hop Valley Trail.
Backpack 5.8 miles
Camp at site A horse camp for groups.

Thurs. 3/8
Day hike to Kolob Arch and Bear Creek Canyon and back. 5.8 miles RT.

Fri. 3/9
Optional Day hike to Willis Creek. 7.0 mile RT.

Sat. 3/10
Break camp and Backpack out via La Verkin Creek Trail (6.4 miles) R
un shuttle.
Drive to a north Las Vegas Hotel.
Eat Dinner out along the way.

Sun. 3/11
7 am. Drive to the Airport.
Fly back to Nashville.