I realized I hadn't yet posted about a run on the Chinle Trail in the backcountry of Zion National Park. Sorry about that. I hope you'll forgive my delay. Next time we get together, doughnuts are on me.
I guess I'll just start by saying that I love the Chinle Trail. Heck, you could even make the argument that Chinle is my BFF. I was greeted by this awesome sunrise on the way to the trail.
If that view alone doesn't sell you, well then you're not human. And I'm sorry about that, because if you're not human then you must be a robot. And robots can't eat Ben & Jerry's ice cream. So to all you robots out there, I'm sorry about your ice cream-deprived life.
The great thing about the Chinle Trail is that it is outside the touristy part of Zion National Park. In all the times I've ran there, I've only seen another human being once. (I have seen my share of snakes though.)
If you catch the Chine Trail at the right time, the scenery is covered with absolutely incredible wildflowers. I was lucky enough to catch it at the right time. Here are just a few of the many different kinds of flowers I saw:
I did a bit of off-trail exploring and came across these awesome multi-colored mountains.
The trail isn't very technical at all, there isn't a ton of elevation gain, and the scenery is basically ridiculous. For all you non-robot outdoor enthusiasts, Chinle is definitely one to hit up.