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SCENES FROM THE "TWO BRIDGES" SIDE OF THE LOOP
Let's continue going CCW on the loop, the way the
Park Service recommends. Here's the trail map again for reference:
These photos show some views of the
Two Bridges side of the Navajo Loop as you ascend to Sunset Point. They
show views in both directions.
Above the intersection, the Two
Bridges side of the loop gradually ascends
to another, more open slot canyon with multiple
Approaching the Two Bridges slot canyon
The two "bridges"
are a few feet off the main path; I marked
the lower one with an arrow since
it's hard to see in this photo.
Speak no evil, see no evil, hear
no evil . . . (Jim, Nancy, and Bill)
Above and below: looking
back down the switchbacks
Bill, Sue, and Nancy at the top
of the switchbacks on the Two Bridges side of the loop
The trail continues to switchback more gradually to its intersection
with the Wall Street side of the loop below Sunset Point, passing some
impressive windows, carved walls, and hoodoos like Thor's Hammer:
Thor's Hammer (poking up on the
left) and view of amphitheater north toward Sunrise Point
Above and below: Bill, Sue,
and Nancy marvel at all the cool rock formations.
Above and below: different
views of Thor's Hammer
These windows are easier than
some to spot.
Approaching the landing at juncture with Wall
Street side of the loop
Looking down at tiny people (arrow) on the trail to
Grand view of the amphitheater
looking north toward Sunset Point;
arrows mark trail near top
of the Navajo Loop.
Note that Wall Street is closed during the winter and may not open
until Memorial Day weekend in late spring. It also sometimes closes
during during the summer-fall tourist season, as we discovered in 2016
on our second and third extended visits.
The narrow slot canyon is not only in deep shade most of the time, it
is also at high altitude and very vulnerable to freezing, thawing, and
heavy rain that can cause mud and rock slides that force its seasonal
and temporary closures.
This warning sign is at both the top and bottom of the Wall Street
The Two Bridges side of the loop is not as narrow and is adversely
affected less often by Mother Nature. It is usually open, or re-opened,
more quickly than Wall Street after a temporary closure.
If you visit Bryce Canyon and are physically able to handle this
loop, by all means do it. It's probably the most iconic and/or memorable
hike in the park, the one you'll brag to your friends about doing!
Next entry: scenic Queen's Garden Trail, the
easiest ascent from Bryce's canyon
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil