ascent of mount carmel


Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park

Roundtrip length: 1 mile

Elevation gain: 163 feet

Highest elevation: 5300 feet

A family-friendly 1 mile round-trip trail to a gorgeous overlook. This was our first hike of Zion after arriving in the park, and what a way to start out! There are a few steep cliff edges but railings and a walkway provide security.  We missed the parking area to the right directly after exiting the tunnel and had to walk up the road a bit, but there are plenty of pull-outs to find a spot. We enjoyed watching cars heading into the Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel from the first ascent into the trail. The views expanded and the elevation slowly increased as we hiked on, and the overlook was a grand reveal after half a mile. Definitely recommend!

Reading List 2.0

Reading List 1.0: 01 March 2017-04 June 2017

Reading List 2.0: 25 May 2017-Present

1. The Confessions of St. Augustine

2. Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

3. Heretics by G. K. Chesterton

4. Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

5. Project Modesty: How to Honor God With Your Wardrobe While Looking Totally Adorable in the Process by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird

6. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

7. Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross

8. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

9. The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort

10. The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux

11. Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II’s Sexual Revolution, Revised Edition by Christopher West

12. Biblical Creationism by Henry M. Morris

13. How to Share Your Faith by Bishop Robert Barron

14. Biblical Womanhood in the Home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

15. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism by John Piper and Wayne Grudem (editors)

16. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

17. Absolute Relativism: The New Dictatorship and What to Do About It by Chris Stefanick

18. The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition

19. Another Inconvenient Truth: What Secular America Hates by Justin Derby

20. The Immaculate Heart of Mary and God’s Plan for America by Luiz Sergio Solimeo

21. Christian Dating Simplified: A Short Guide to the Only Four Questions You Need to Ask by Aaron K. Torch

22. I Have Spoken to You from Heaven: A Catholic Defense of Creation in Six Days by Hugh Owen with Mark Koehne and Gerard Keane

23. A Catholic Assessment of Evolution Theory by John M. Wynne

24. Essential Catholic Survival Guide by Catholic Answers

25. Twenty-Five Short Answers to Big Questions About Creation by Ian Taylor

26. YES: Young Earth Science and the Dawn of a New Worldview by Jay Hall