Alexis in California PT 4: Hiking at Annies Canyon

After our semi-lazy day, we knew we had a lot of catching up to do. Not only did we plan to stuff a snorkeling and hiking trip into one day, but we also had breakfast plans with the family before heading out.

I was starting to get a little anxious about whether or not we could get it all done. But somehow, we pulled it off. For this post, we’ll talk about the first half of our adventure: hiking at Annies Canyon.

A Sure Thing

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My drive to go out west was first kindled by a tourist I met in Jamaica. We met in early 2015, before I moved. Texan-born, he had nonetheless been raised in California, and spent quite a bit of his adult life in Oregon.

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He talked a lot about living out west, and about the hiking trails, the mountains… After one too many late night talks peppered with pictures of rainbow hills and desert canyons, I decided I had to see it for myself.

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So when I finally got the chance to plan my trip, the very first thing I looked up wasn’t beaches. It was hiking trails!

From the start, Annies Canyon caught my eye and was the first on the list. When I showed pictures to Ericson and Tristan, they agreed: we couldn’t skip out on a trail like that.

Are We Lost?

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But when we arrived, Annies Canyon didn’t start out the way we imagined. We had expected to walk right into Grand-Canyon-esque trails. Instead, we had an easy walk on sandy, mostly flat land.

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The most dangerous thing we came across was this little bridge. After a while, doubt crept in. After all, you’re talking about the same people who got lost looking for water in Red Rock Canyon. The same people who almost fell off Lone Mountain, after taking one wrong turn.

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It didn’t help that Annies Canyon was people-less. This was despite the fact that the head of the trail was in a residential neighbourhood. Since we had no better idea than to keep walking, on we went.

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Finally, we ran into a couple about our age, heading in the opposite direction. They assured us that the trail we were looking for was straight ahead.

“You’re gonna see a sign that says moderate or strenuous,” the girl advised us. “Take strenuous!”

She didn’t have to tell us twice!

We Made it!

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It felt like forever that we kept on walking, looking for more reassurance that we were on the right path. And soon enough, we found it! After that, the terrain completely changed.

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We were no longer walking along easily on flat land. We were making our way through crevices in the rocks.

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The further up we went, the more narrow it got. And the more narrow it got, the more warnings signs cropped up.

The only downside to the canyon is that it was really short compared to the rest of our trek – and short overall compared to the trails we had tried before.

Ericson was right… I totally need a selfie stick so I can look ahead, and not on the camera screen while hiking – haha.

Just as we were really starting to enjoy ourselves, we could see the top. And the only way up? Well…

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At the Top

We couldn’t believe we had made it up so quickly, and boy was the view totally worth the climb. It took us about 15 minutes, and really isn’t as difficult as it looks.

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There were some places you had to hook a toe and do a bit of climbing, since the ground was too narrow for walking, but that was only a few feet off the ground, and I never felt as if I was in any danger of falling.

I’m a little claustrophobic, and didn’t feel bothered by the closeness of the walls either. With open skies like this overhead, it would be really hard to. No, I think I was feeling more sassy than anything else.

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Prepped for the Beach

As you can see, I was already prepped and ready for the beach. After all, when you plan two trips in one day, it’s a smart woman who dresses for both of them, right?

But we didn’t rush off to the beach, just yet. We enjoyed the view, chatted, laughed, filmed a video that I’ve yet to edit…

… and then we headed back down.

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Annie’s Canyon was my trail of the year – if not the best one ever. I’ve never been on a trail like that before, and now I can’t wait to see what the canyons in Utah have to offer.

After our hike, we headed straight for La Jolla. But… (you already know what I’m about to say, don’t you?) that’s a story for another day. Same time next week!

Have you ever gone hiking on a trail like Annies Canyon before? Any other adventure trips that took you outside your usual comfort zone – but you loved it? I can’t wait wait to hear about it in the comments below!

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looking forward to your thoughts on La Jolla. I spent quite a bit of time there when my brother was in his medical residency.

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    1. It has nothing on the Caribbean for sure, haha. Not even halfway there. But I had a good time nonetheless. 😊

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      1. Elizabeth says:

        Well, they are both salt water at least.

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      2. Hahahahaha. Yes, that’s their similarity.

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  2. JessicaRaye says:

    When going to Utah I have jokes for days for you…. some of the best trails….especially northern and eastern Utah. Though southern Utah is pretty rad as well.

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    1. Awesome. I’ve never been. But I’ve heard great things about it, the hiking especially. Someone told me it gets pretty crowded out there now though. Is that true?

      I might go next year. If travel laws are still changing on a whim in the White House, then I’ll go for sure. If not, I’d be happy to finally head out to Canada and the UK.

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      1. JessicaRaye says:

        Yeah it’s busy in Southern Utah, Moab area. Northern Utah isn’t as busy and has more alpine, desert hiking as well.

        Also I meant “hikes” for days, ha though I do have jokes as well.

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      2. Haha, autocorrect is the devil. I wonder why the south is more crowded than up north, then. Are the trails better down south? Closer to cities and airports?


      3. JessicaRaye says:

        The closes airport to Moab is Las Vegas buys its still a good three hours away. Most people I think fly in to Salt Lake City still and then does a Utah tour. Moab is all crazy busy because of Canyonlands and Arches National Park and Zions as well. It’s a big rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking, keeping area. It’s touristy, but fun and beautiful.

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      4. Well definitely on my list, right after Oregon!


      5. JessicaRaye says:

        Also I would say the best time to go is either fall or spring time. When temperatures in Moab are more reasonable and less crowds.

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      6. Yeah, I learned that lesson with Vegas. I went in the spring and that worked out really well.


  3. Wow! What an awesome trail! I love that ladder to the top. Glad you found your way again: definitely worth it. 👍

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    1. It was definitely an awesome trail. My favourite so far. I loved the ladder too. Never had to climb anything like that on a trail before..


  4. I like the part that you said, the most dangerous thing you encountered was the little bridge. It put smile on my face. Keep it up. Love the post.

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    1. Haha, but it was! 😂 Thanks so much for dropping by and taking the time to read my posts. 🙂


  5. That looks like a great hike Alexis, looking forward to part 2!

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    1. Thank you! I’ll be posting it this Friday. 😄

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