I had to attend a high school mountain bike race in Moab on September 22nd in my position as an assistant coach. I took my daughter with on Friday, the 21st, and we had a day to kill waiting for the rest of the family to arrive. Mom was already there as a Utah League Crew Member, setting up the staging (starting line) and we stopped by to deliver some of her things and check in with her after our 3+ hour drive from Salt Lake City. It was a little early to check into our motel, so we planned a hike.
We headed into the National Park and used our annual pass. It’s a heck of a deal if you go to even three parks in a year. We parked in the lot for the Delicate Arch trailhead and took off up the trail. My daughter is a pretty strong hiker for her age, having hit the summit of several area peaks as well as a winter ascent of a Colorado Fourteener. We crested the rim of the bowl in a little over 30 minutes. It was really pretty. Well worth the hike.
After hanging out for a few minutes for photos we took off down the trail. The descent took right at 30 minutes. Pretty cool.
Note that we’ve done this hike a few times before with slower groups, and knew the trail well. We also had a lot of water. I had 3 liters in my pack, and my daughter 1.5. There was a ranger at the entrance to the trail checking for water. It was hot. Several people were huddled in the shade needing to slow down.
Just a warning. If you are not acclimated to hiking in the hot sun in the blazing desert, go slow, stay cool, and drink up. Oh, and use a lot of quality sunscreen. Don’t forget your face and lips.
We then went to check in and play in the pool.