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Trails Update – date posted Sep 10, 2013

Posted at September 11th, 2013
Posted by Zion National Park Motel
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Hikers are reminded to use caution when hiking into the canyon on any trail during and after heavy rainfall. Rockslides, mudslides, unstable footing, and flooded washes are just a few of the obstacles that hikers may encounter along the trail. Forecasters are calling for more rain this week across parts of the Kaibab Plateau, which could lead to additional trail damage and will also create wet and muddy trail conditions and a greater chance of slips, trips, and falls. Rainfall-caused rockslides can also cause damage to the park’s water pipeline that serves the corridor trails; therefore, hikers should always bring a method to treat water.

South Kaibab Trail: Recent heavy monsoonal rainfall has caused damage to portions of the South Kaibab Trail approximately one-half mile below Cedar Ridge. The South Kaibab Trail is currently open to hikers but not to stock. The park does not expect to complete trail repairs for stock use until early October.

North Kaibab Trail: A section of the North Kaibab Trail after Supai Tunnel has been damaged due to heavy rain. The North Kaibab Trail is currently open to hikers but not to stock. The park does not expect to complete trail repairs for stock use until early October. Hikers should be prepared for temporary delays. Hikers should use caution and follow instructions given by the trail crew. The damaged section is very narrow, but passable. Hikers should be aware that with continued monsoon rains additional trail damage could occur.

Hikers without a permit can stop by the Backcountry Information Center to request a last minute permit. Last minute permits and waitlist numbers are issued by the Backcountry Information Center, located inside the park. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily, year round, for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily from mid-May to October 31 for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time.

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