This is a continuation of a travel series to Utah. To start at the beginning, go HERE. The rest of the posts in chronological order are HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE!
In my last two travel posts before I took my Holiday Break, I shared our adventure hiking the Queen's Garden Trail and Navajo Loop. Today I will cover the last trek of that hiking adventure: Wall Street! Wall Street is the best trail in Bryce Canyon of the one's I hiked, and possibly the most famous. It is named Wall Street because the narrow trail is surrounded on either side by tall hoodoos that remind one of the New York Skyscrapers. This first photo shows the start of the trail from the top looking out into the canyon.
Wall Street is part of the Navajo Loop. For safety and best views it is recommended to start at Sunset point and go down into the canyon, then take Wall Street back up. We started from Sunrise Point, hiked the Queen's Garden Trail, hooked in to the Navajo Loop, and finished with Wall Street.
You can reach Wall Street via the Navajo Loop in .3 miles (or 10 -15 minutes). If you take the longer way like we did from the Queen's Garden Trail it is 1.25 miles to Wall Street (or 25-30 minutes). Both routes have an elevation gain of 500 feet and are described as "moderate".
It is a steep hike up Wall Street, but the views are much more incredible hiking up and looking at the canyon and steps above you than if you hiked down. It's also considered safer by the park and is recommended as many people have been hurt slipping on their way down the canyon.
The stairs and unique stone doorways made me think at times that I was in an archaic middle eastern city and not a national park.
Depending on the time of day you are hiking Wall Street, the lighting constantly changes the look and feel of the trail. We were there late in the afternoon, and it was our last hike of the day.
It was fun to reach the top and look down at how far we climbed.
Of course my son had to explore every single nook and cranny!
The Wall Street trail is only open during the summer because it is so steep.
You can really get an idea of the magnificent scale of this place when you look at the picture of all the people below and how small they are in comparison to the rock formations surrounding them.
Be sure to spend some time on a "StairMaster" or Tread Mill set to a high incline, as you will definitely be working the thigh and glutei muscles!
It's really something else to be in the bottom of this canyon and look up into the sky!
Once you reach the top, be sure to spend some time looking down to see how far you've come, and also go to the scenic lookout of Sunset Point and see this gorgeous canyon view!
After finishing Wall Street we were done for the day! After all, we spent the morning in Zion National Park hiking the Canyon Overlook Trail, then we drove to Bryce Canyon and hiked three trails! That was enough walking for us! We took the shuttle back to our hotel, cleaned up, had a nice dinner, then soaked our weary bones in the hot tub. The next day, we were off again for our last and final trail in Bryce Canyon: Peekaboo Loop!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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