Sorry to piggyback on this thread but it has been invaluable to me as I'm planning a three week trip at the end of September. I'm curious if anyone can recommend some longer day hikes and maybe 1 or 2 overnight treks?
I'm not entirely sold on bringing my ultralight camping gear as ultralight is really code word for ultra uncomfortable.
So I'm not sure if I'll do anything longer than a long day hike unless the payoff is huge. My 1 man tent is 6'1" in length and I'm 6'3". I call it the coffin. I plan to camp most of the time. Also probably won't have a 4x4 so trail access should be from reasonable roads.
I'm hoping this will be more or less an annual type of trip (though probably shorter in duration) so I'm not too worried about trying to pack it all in. Also glad I don't have to worry about coming back to my tent and finding a porcupine in it. Though curious about any critters to keep an eye out for. Word to the wise, always zip your tent up when leaving it unattended. How do you get a porcupine out of your tent? Very carefully!
Not a lot planned so far but a few things I've settled on
-Angel's Landing <- I'll do this more than once if I don't get a good shot.
-Coral Pink Sand Dunes <- though maybe this isn't ideal?
I'm tenatively thinking of spending about 5 to 7 days in Zion or longer. I don't mind revisiting a site more than once if the weather isn't agreeable.
Other than Zion, Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands seem intriguing to me. For some reason Bryce doesn't hold much appeal to me.
I think I'll skip Death Valley and the Grand Canyon this go around. I'd love to do Death Valley but I'm guessing the heat will still be unbearable. Being a mountain guy I wilt under the heat.
I'd probably like to explore some slot canyons though I think I'll skip Antelope.
Marc I'm really interested in hearing your experiences along the way.