Hiking to Tower Bridge
BRYCE NATIONAL PARK
September 2007 - 36 photos
About noon on the 14th of September, 2007, Dale Wing and I arrived at Bryce Canyon after driving from Ogden Utah. We came to hike and photograph Bryce Canyon. The first hike that I planed was a short hike down to Tower Bridge on the lower Fairyland Loop trail. While I did this hike, Dale went for a walk on the upper rim trail. We figured we could get more photographs by going different ways.
Keyhole Window and Tower Bridge, Bryce Canyon National Park
Tower Bridge is located in a canyon 860 feet below the trail head that starts from the rim near Sunrise Point. The walk down to the bridge is about 1.5 miles along the Fairyland trail. The trail down to this stone monument is an easy walk, both ways. Not the most spectacular scenery in the park maybe, but still nice. The trail winds down through bristlecone pines scattered through coarse red and white sand gullies, with a few rock outcroppings here and there. At one point you walk alongside a tall white rock wall then pass through and continue along the other side. Looking south you can see sections of the China Wall, a wall with many windows and towers.
When you get down in the bottom of the canyon there are some trail signs that show one trail going back up the other side and continues on for the rest of the Fairyland Loop. The other a short spur along the bottom to Tower Bridge. If you go a few hundred yards up Fairyland trail you will be right across the canyon from Tower Bridge at the same height. You get a much clearer view this way, without all the trees blocking the view. Depending on the time of day though, it may not be the best for photographs because you get the same colored background through the space under the bridge and through Keyhole Window, making it hard to see them in photos. For more contrasted photos go back down to the canyon floor and take the short trail to Tower Bridge. Here you will be looking up and will see sky through the window and under the bridge. But then you also have a lot of tall trees that can block part of your view. I recommend looking at the bridge from both views.
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Trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, 2007
View from the Rim, Bryce Figure 8 hike, Mossy cave & falls
View from the Rim
Bryce Figure 8 hike
Mossy cave & falls
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.
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