This guest post has been written by my daughter, Kristen McAdam.
I decided to head down to Utah to participate in Lifestyle Fitness Camp. Once a week we head out to the stunning Zion National Park. This past Friday we did a hike called Scout Lookout. While only a four-mile roundtrip hike, the hike packs a lot of punch in its short length.
After an easy, flat beginning on sandy ground, the trail turns to concrete and begins to wind its way up the hillside. With long switchbacks, the turns provide a great place to catch your breath and take in the scenery around you.
As the trail gets higher, you have to be more careful of the steep drop offs.
The trail levels out after the first steep climb allowing some time to get your heart rate back to normal – a welcome break! There were plenty of interesting rock formations along this part of the path.
The final push is nothing but up on the famed “Walter’s Wiggles” – a series of 21 switchbacks that make sure you are challenged until the very end.
It’s all worth it though because the views from the top are outstanding. And if you have some extra energy, you can continue on another half-mile to the top of Angel’s Landing. I’ll reserve that for another time!
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Other posts you might find worthwhile:
- Tips for Hiking and Visiting Zion National Park
- Hiking the Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park
- Hiking the trails of Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah