|View of Hidden Peak from Mt. Baldy|
|Photo Copyright: Trudy Zufelt|
When the sun rises over Bryce Canyon, the views of the hoodoos are breathtaking. I can’t think of any better way of catching the views than hiking along the rim and into the canyon. The Fairyland Loop Trail makes for a perfect morning run while visiting our awesome National Parks.
The trail begins at the northern portion of the Bryce Canyon National Park at Fairyland Point. The trail head is just before you enter the pay gates at Bryce Canyon. It is a great way to see the national park if you don’t want to pay the entrance fee. However, I still encourage a National Park visit.
I did the entire 8 mile loop. The trail is rated strenuous but I didn’t think it was nearly as hard as many of the other trails I’ve done. In fact, I was able to combine hiking with trail running and ran a large portion of it. The rating comes because of the length. Most guide books or websites suggest 3-4 hours. I would even suggest longer for inexperienced or slower hikers. I did it in 2 hours and 20 minutes but I also ran a lot. For those who just want to enjoy the sights of Bryce without the hike, a short hike a long the rim offers breathtaking views. Also, a hike to Sunset Peak and back would only be half the miles and would still give anyone more than enough beautiful views.
|Trail along the rim|
I did the trail counter clockwise and ran along the rim before dropping into Fairyland Canyon. The trail is well marked and there are signs at the forks.
|Flowers at the bottom of the canyon|
|Views from above. ©Trudy Zufelt|
I encountered as much beauty below as I did from above. as I descended into the canyon, the hoodoos really looked like fairies planning their mischief.
Along the trail, there is a spur for Tower Bridge which is natural cut out in the rock with the bridge above. I didn’t take the out and back spur and now regret it. Though I took a photo from a distance, the bigger portion of the bridge is hidden behind the trees.