Have you ever wanted to hike the Chinle Trail, Huber Wash, Scoggins Wash, and Coalpits Wash all in one day but you didn't think it was possible? Don't you wish you could do a loop hike that doesn't involve backtracking over scenery that you have already seen? Are you tired of dishwasher spots on your glasses? Well, your problems have just been solved because this narcissistically named hiking route is just what you have been looking for!
I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of this, but after hiking the Chinle Trail and several of the drainages in the desert section of Zion, I realized that you could easily piece together the best sections into one nice long day hike. Why is this route cool? 1) You get to see the best parts of all three washes in the desert section; 2) You get to hike the Chinle Trail without having to do the awkard start in a residential community; and 3) This is a loop hike, so you don't need to backtrack or use a carspot.
The "Best of the Desert" hike is roughly 11.5 miles and could take 7-10 hours to complete and can broken down into several sections. Be sure to bring map/GPS/compass to aid in navigation; bring plenty of water and allow plenty of time. Click on any of the links below to get more detailed information:
|Joe's Best of the Desert Hike Map.
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This hike might not be for everybody, but I loved doing this hike as it's a great workout and it hits most of the interesting landmarks in the desert section of Zion. As with all hikes in the desert section, this could be brutally hot during the summer months, so save this for the cooler seasons or a cloudy/rainy day.