Mossy Cave Hike

September 2007 - 21 photos

On the 14th of September, 2007, Dale Wing and I drove down to Bryce Canyon National Park. The first day I hiked down the Fairyland lower trail to look at Tower Bridge, while Dale hiked the upper rim trail. Later in the day we drove around the park checking out the View from the rim. The next day I hiked the Bryce Amphitheater Figure 8 trail and later in the day Dale and I did this short walk to Mossy Cave and Paria Falls.

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Mossy Cave

Hard to call this short walk a hike, as it was listed as .4 miles one way with less than a 200 foot rise. This trail isn't in the same part of the park as the drive along the rim. It comes into the park from Highway 12 that runs over to the town of Tropic Utah, about 4 miles east of the park junction. The trail follows along a stream (Paria River), crossing two bridges. At the second bridge you can look up the canyon and see Paria Falls. Before crossing the bridge you can walk up the side of the stream to the falls, or cross the bridge and climb up the trail to Mossy Cave and take the trail along the edge of the canyon to see the falls from above. The cave isn't much of a cave, more like an overhang where moisture seeps out of the stone and moss grows along the back wall. On the way back we saw a rock wall up above on the left side, that had a few windows in it.

My GPS tracker showed that we climbed about 123 feet and walked .63 miles, or as the GPS read, 3,308 feet. This is the first time my GPS ever gave me a reading in feet reather than miles. The sign said .4 miles and must include walking clear to the falls. I used my telephoto lens, rather than walk over there.

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Paria Falls

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Trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, 2007
View from the Rim, Bryce Figure 8 hike, Tower Bridge hike

View from the Rim
 View from the Rim

Bryce Figure 8 hike
 Bryce Figure 8 hike

Tower Bridge hike
 Tower Bridge hike

I used a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera with a Canon EFs 17-85mm wide angle to 5x zoom and a Canon EF 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens for close-up photos.

Dale used his Canon Digital Rebel Xti with the EFs 17-85mm and 100-400mm zoom lens.

Original photos were taken at aprox 3050 x 2000. These photos are set to 750 x 500 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.

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