I'm heading to Zion national park in about two weeks. I'll only be there for one day unfortunately, and so I'm trying to make best use of that day. I have a loose itinerary planned out:
1) Go to Visitor's center and possibly hike the Watchman's trail in the morning (about 1-2 hours), then
2) Hike the Narrows/riverside walk in the late morning - mid afternoon (3-4 hours) and then
3) Start the Angels landing hike around 4-5 pm to get there in time for sunset. (I'm going to bring a headlamp and flashlight just in case I have to hike down in the dark)
Any advice on the following would be greatly appreciated:
1) Is this itinerary reasonable or is it just too much in one day. Any suggestions for alternative hikes/photo spots (especially for the morning or mid-afternoon given the lighting). I like hiking, but I'm more interested in getting nice photos than hiking per se.
2) Has anybody done angel's landing for sunset? Is the lighting for the vistas good at that time? How is hiking back after sunset? I've read on other posts that dawn lighting is better, but I won't be able to go at that time.
3) I'm thinking about buying a Singh-ray LB Warming Polarizer/Intensifier combo filter for this trip. I thought it might help with bringing out the reds of the canyon walls. However it's pretty pricey at $400, so I'm not sure if it's worth the cost. (I already have a Hoya CPL).
4) Any advice on equipment I should bring? I plan on packing light - Canon 40D with EF-s 17-55mm, EF 50mm, tripod, Graduated ND filters, CPL, water, snacks, headlamp, flashlight, gloves (for grabbing chains).
Thanks in advance for any helpful hints.