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Behunin Canyon (Zions National Park) - Hiking Trail Directions and Notes (Posted By: DerekHolmes)

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Avg Time: 9 Hours 5 Minutes
Total Distance: 4.6 miles
Terrain: Insane
Info: One of my favorites in Zions. You do a lot of hiking up the canyon so this is best in the Spring and fall seasons.

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9 Waypoints

1: The Grotto
N 37º 15.5513   W 112º 57.0534
Distance from Home: 945.2 miles

Notes: This hike starts the same as angels landing. A lot of uphill but this time with ropes and gear.

2: West Rim Trail
N 37º 16.4964   W 112º 57.0418
Distance: 1.1 miles

Notes: Angels landing would only take another hour or less. Especially if you can leave your gear for a bit. There are restrooms here, last chance.

3: Drop into Behunin Canyon
N 37º 16.9677   W 112º 58.2314
Distance: 1.2 miles

Notes: Are we there yet? It does seem like you follow the west rim trail for a long time. It is pretty hard to miss the Behunin entrance if your familiar with the topo.
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4: First Rappel
N 37º 16.3120   W 112º 58.1593
Distance: 0.8 miles

Notes: It seems like there are a couple of different rappelling options. There is an optional rappel off a tree above. Its not very slick to walk down so we made our way down to this spot. The rappel was a little bit hidden, you follow a trail around to the right of the main wash. There are 3 or so Rappels pretty close together here. Be careful, on the last rappel in this section it was at least 140'. We doubled my 300' rope and only had 10 feet to spare.

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5: Water Rappel
N 37º 16.1194   W 112º 57.9379
Distance: 0.3 miles

Notes: This was a fun one. The first person is going to get a little bit wet. This canyon is pretty dry with a low flash flood danger. Most water spots can be avoided. It has a good mix of trees and also some of your typical Zions big wall canyons (minus narrow slot canyons) that are found on most other back country trails.

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6: Water Rappel Numero 2
N 37º 15.9678   W 112º 57.8967
Distance: 0.2 miles

Notes: This was a pretty hard rappel. You will recognize this spot when you get to it. We went down the tree rappels and stupidly tried to swing a bit to avoid water. If I had to do it again I would have rappelled off of the rock anchor which would get you wet for sure but is a much safer and clean rappel.

(Approximate GPS Coordinate) I doubt GPS is going to work in most of this canyon

7: So Close
N 37º 15.6563   W 112º 57.7628
Distance: 0.4 miles

Notes: We thought this was the final 155' rappel but its a bit deceiving. As soon as we went off the edge we realized we had setup both ropes a little to early. Great view but 60' or so down is an even better one.

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8: Free Falling
N 37º 15.6133   W 112º 57.7345
Distance: 0.1 miles

Notes: Yeah Tom Petty comes to mind and probably my favorite spot in the park.

The final 155' rappel. This rappel is free hanging for the final 110'

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9: Zions Lodge for an Easy Exit
N 37º 15.1083   W 112º 57.3872
Distance: 0.7 miles

Notes: You are very close to the Emerald Pools trail after your last rappel. Just head down hill, follow the trail to the lodge and relax!