Guided once again by Joe, our favorite Zion National Park expert, we headed through the amazing Carmel-Mt. Zion Highway tunnel to the east side of the park, a topsy-turvy world of swirling slick rock. We selected a trail unofficially called Many Pools from Joe’s website, and followed his excellent, detailed directions. After parking in a smallish roadside spot we found a sandstone culvert under the road that we thought must have been the trailhead.
Above is a glimpse back at the culvert as we walked north, away from Rt. 9 along the wash. It was an easy walk through the wash until we came to some steep slick rock. But Joe had warned us about that and we had our nubby soled shoes on for climbing.
We sure needed them as the trail progressed. “Slick rock” is the name for these eroded petrified sand dunes that make up much of the east side of Zion NP. No, we didn’t climb this one:
The wash continued north until we could see a white and red sandstone cliff that is so typical of Zion. We had a hunch that was probably the end of the trail.
Then we started seeing the many pools that this trail is named for. This is my favorite picture of the pools and the cliff with the arch in it at the end of the wash. …