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Funny story about Bryce Canyon…
Once went there with a couple buddy’s for the 2nd and 3rd days of a week long backpacking trip.
After doing a day hike up to Angels Landing in Zion, we headed to Bryce after it got dark.
Since this was going to be a through hike, we brought two cars. One to get to the trailhead with, the other to leave at the other end of this 25 mile trail.
When we got there all the rangers had left, so we just set up camp at one of the vacant nearby car camping lots. It was extremely windy and the cold had a bite to it. Woke up the next morning ready to get the first 12 mile leg done.
My buddy decides its a great idea that we don’t check in with the ranger station to confirm our campsite info, for the sake of getting a faster start on the trail. As soon as we get walking past this majestic view point, it starts snowing. Good thing we were prepared. The next 48 hours it snowed. The difficulty of the elevation, mud-snow-sand-clay, and cold made ascending switchbacks a burdensome task.
After getting to our campsite the first night we had to melt snow for water since our water source was frozen. Just before getting to the campsite we saw some bear scat.
Next morning we were alive, but all our water had froze. Must have gotten into the 10’s that night. Again, good thing we were prepared.
Melted more snow and warmed up our camelbacks into working order. On the start of the 13 mile leg we found a little mountain stream under some ice. Pumped that into our empty containers, and we were on our way. Ice cold water never tasted so good.
The second day was more grueling but had better conditions since the majority of the snow had already fallen and froze some of the mud-sand. After an endless, epic climb out of the canyon we finally make it to the other car(mine). Even though there was a boot on it and an angry letter from the park service, I was elated at the end of a brutal 2 days of bad decision making and orgasmic scenery!
After calling the number on the citation, the park ranger beezy came and basically told us off for not checking in, and that they were about to send a search party for us… Oh and also that the trail we went on, closed due to adverse conditions. Which we would have found out , if we had checked in. Oh and it was also bear season being springtime, since they were waking up from winter hibernation…!!!