Arch Angel Fall
After a 4.5 mile hike into the Left Fork of North Creek in Zion National Park, Archangel Fall greets the determined and does not disappoint!
This terraced water fall runs over smooth red rock slab and is surrounded with maples and cottonwoods turning fall color.
The high cliffs surround the fall and lead you upstream to the Subway...a unique formation in a slot canyon formed from flash floods over the eons.
I was up at 4:45 am and traveled to the trail head by 6:30 am.
After 4 hours of hiking with a camera Backpack, tripod and a full 100 oz camel-back for hydration, I arrived around 11:00 am to the fall. This was good timing...
the reflected light from an opposite canyon wall cast a glow on the upper wall behind the water fall... in another hour the glow will fade away.
This is my second consecutive hike into the left fork and was worth the long hike. This year the tree's still had leaves and were in full Fall color display!
Last year the leaves were either brown or had fallen off of the tree's. I wanted to photograph this scene with more color on the tree's and this year it worked out well for me!
Being persistent and visiting a special place several times can yield a different scene.
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