Hi friends, welcome back to the final installment and last day of my hiking trip out west with my mom and sisters! If you missed any prior posts in the series, you can check out Valley of Fire, Angels Landing, Watchman Trail, our last day in Zion, and Fairyland Canyon here. After we finished our hike through Fairyland Canyon, our adventures for the day weren’t over. We headed to Sunset Point to start another hike called Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail. This hike is a moderate 3.2 miles with 643 feet of elevation gain per the AllTrails app.
We started this hike going down the insane switchbacks at Wall Street. This looks nothing like the Wall Street in NYC 😉 I felt like an ant in an ant farm with all the sandy switchbacks. It was a bit slippery going down so I went slowly, but some people chose to go counterclockwise and end the hike climbing up this. I suppose one benefit is that you are looking up at Wall Street the whole time, but this seemed worse than the challenging switchbacks at Angels Landing.
I loved taking breaks to take in the beautiful switchbacks. This part of the trail was definitely crowded, but you can’t help but stop to marvel at the view.
There was a short walk through the canyon at the bottom of Wall Street that was so cool! I’d never seen anything like it before.
I loved that this random tree could grow in the middle of a canyon, pure resilience!
We even saw some wildlife 🙂 I’m glad I saw a Steller’s Jay bird and not a rattlesnake.
By the time we got to Queens Garden I was pretty tired from our day of hiking, so I put away my big camera and focused on finishing the hike. We did get a little confused on the trail in Queens Garden, so if you hike this trail, go under the arch to continue on. I saw people taking a picture in here so I originally thought it was just a lookout point.
The way up was pretty steep so we took our time and persevered. I’d highly recommend doing this hike if you’re in Bryce Canyon National Park! It doesn’t take too long and it’s a great way to see the hoodoos and canyon up close. I also think the switchbacks at Wall Street can’t be missed and would recommend our route going down them and coming up Queens Garden.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my out west series! We all had such a great time together celebrating my mom’s belated birthday and Mother’s Day. Maybe next hiking trip we will invite the guys 😉 Our trip was from Friday through Tuesday and we spent about a day and a half in Zion and Bryce National Park which seemed sufficient. Zion was my favorite park of the two, but they were both beautiful in very different ways. I also liked the city we stayed in better in Zion (Springdale), there was a lot more to do and places to eat. It was interesting to go out for dinner in Utah because their alcohol laws are wildly different from NYC and their neighboring state Nevada. Most restaurants only served beer or wine, and could only make cocktails out of wine. A margarita would’ve been nice to toast after Angels Landing, but we survived. Anyways, you should add both of these parks to your bucket list, they’re such special places and I had a blast exploring both! Lastly, I want to say thank you to everyone for reading and taking the time to comment/like my posts, it’s very encouraging and appreciated 🙂
A little blog housekeeping… my blog will feature NYC related articles the rest of June and I should have Paris and London ready in July. There’s a lot to share so stay tuned!