Hike the HooDoos Bryce Canyon National Park 2013

by | Nov 14, 2013 | Hiking, Travel

The second stop on our 2013 U.S. National Park Tour was Bryce Canyon to hike the HooDoos! This stop was sandwiched between the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and one short day at Zion before the Government Shutdown.

Chuck channeling Ebenezer Bryce, who lived in the area from 1875-1880 and the person the park is named. I’m not sure if I want to kiss him or run.

Ebenezer Marshall

Ebenezer Marshall and I announce our arrival! (Yes that is Greenbush’s 2013 Michigan Brewers Guild U.P. Beer Festival T-Shirt — Always a Michigan Beer advocate.)

Welcome To Bryce Canyon!

What the heck is a Hoodoo?

Hoodoo: 1. A pinnacle or odd-shaped rock left standing by the forces of erosion. 2. Cast a spell or cause bad luck 3. Voodoo.

Me warding off back luck or Ebenezer it is hard to tell…

Fun on the Navajo Trail

Which trails did we hike?

Bryce Canyon has 8 different day-hiking trails. I would have loved to hike them all but we only had 2 days so we prioritized: Queens/Navajo combination loop, Tower Bridge, the Fairyland Loop, Sunset to Sunrise point and a few miles of the Rim trail. A chatty waiter recommended that we drive the 18 miles to Yovimpa point and as we drive back to the entrance, stop at each point/overlook. It was actually good advice. I felt like I’d covered the canyon as best I could with our limited time.

Hiking Companions

(Not pictured: Ebenezer Marshall) Jeff Deeds, Angie Day and me, Brenda Foster, hiking on the Queen’s Garden trail.

Hiking buddies on the Queens Garden trail

I Hiked the Hoodoos

It is a scavenger hunt intended to encourage children to enjoy the great outdoors. You must hike a minimum of 3 miles and bring a picture of a benchmark to the Visitors Center. Yes we collected the reward from the ranger!

Hike the hoodos and get a prize!

Crooked Tree

Dark Horse’s Crooked Tree was not listed in the National Park Service trail guide but as you can see it is listed in our’s. 🙂

We found the Dark Horse Brewing Crooked Tree!!!

Douglas Fir on Wall Street

If you only have a few hours, hike the Navajo Loop and check out the Douglas Fir trees at the foot of Wall Street.

Wonderful trees at the bottom of Wall Street

Wall and Narrows

It makes you a bit dizzy. The narrows, also known as slot canyons, are formed by erosion.

Majestic pine at the bottom of Wall Street

In the movie, 127 Hours, a canyoneer became trapped in a slot canyon in southeastern Utah. You can certainly see how that can happen.

Looking up from the bottom of Wall Street

Wall Street

This section of the Navajo Loop is called Wall Street and reminded me of San Franciso’s Lombard Street. There are many switchbacks and it was crowded but worth the effort.

Heading up the tail end of Wall Street on the Navajo Trail

Thor’s Hammer

This HooDoo has voodoo…. It is also one of the attractions on the Navajo Loop.

Thors Hammer up close

We picked up the Navajo trail from the Queen’s Garden trail. Chuck and Jeff didn’t want to miss Thor’s Hammer so they also hiked the Navajo Loop starting from Sunset Point. Angie and I opted for a beer at the General Store, like I said, “Priorities.” The view looking down the Navajo trail.

Looking down the Navajo trail

Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge trail is a portion of the Fairyland loop. There is a spur trail off the Fairyland loop that takes you to the Tower Bridge.

On our way Tower Bridge

Fairyland Loop

This 8 mile loop is listed as strenuous in the trail guide. I personally wouldn’t rate it as strenuous more of a moderate hike. If you have most of the day, take the time to hike the Fairyland trail! I think we saw a dozen hikers on this trail which was nice. Plus you have views of the China Wall, the Sinking Ship and Fairyland Canyon.

The Fairyland Trail wanders on

The Sinking Ship

I got clarification from another hiker, the Sinking Ship is the middle of the picture below. The tree branch is pointing at it. It is shaped like a triangle. The Table Cliff Plateau is behind it.

Quiet splendor out on Fairyland

China Wall

China Wall on Fairyland

Fairyland Canyon

A Ranger at the Visitor Center recommend starting at Sunrise Point and ending at Fairyland Point to hike the Fairyland Loop. He thought the elevation changes were less strenuous that way. I don’t think it matters. Another hiker on the Fairyland trail said he saw antelope frociling in the meadow along the Rim trail. Yeah, I think he was imagining things I didn’t see any.

Looking out over Fairyland

Its a tightrope out on Fairyland

Sun on Chuck's head

Gnomes are everywhere!

You can never get a private moment with Ebenezer around….

Brenda selfie on the Fairyland trail

A gnome pops in on Brenda at Fairyland

Tripping in Fairyland

One of the first things we noticed on the Fairyland trail is the color of the sky! It was the most amazing azure blue.

Tripping out in the Fairyland!

We have so many wonderful pictures in our gallery! I hope you’ll check them out. If you enjoyed our Bryce Canyon tour, I bet you would also enjoy our Grand Canyon adventure.
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