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Continuous water "weeps" out of the Weeping Rock alcove, keeping lush hanging gardens moist. The weeping is from above where Echo Canyon, one of the parks many slot canyons is located. Sections of Echo Canyon can be seen along the shared path of the Observation Point and East Rim Trails. There are other seepage areas resulting from the "spring line" between the two rock strata, kayenta and Navajo sandstone, but Weeping Rock is an impressive one. An impermeable shal, the Kayenta layer, makes up the floor of the slot canyon that prevents water from absorbing into the ground and forces it to find a place it can penetrate, such as at Weeping Rock. This is not a quick process. The water has been in the rocks for a very long time, about 1200 years in fact. Weeping Rock This trail is a half-mile round-trip which is the shortest trail in the park, but the broken pavement and moderately steep climb make it unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers. To begin walk the footpath crossing over a drainage stream that is lined with cottonwood, ash and maple trees. The trail is well traveled due to its beauty, location and short length. At the top be prepared for slippery moss on the rocks and walkway as well as water dripping on the path. Steps culminate at a large eroded carved out area, something like a sponge soaking up water then releasing it slowly to feed the hanging gardens and dripping excess into the water hole below.
In 2018 there was a landslide on the weeping rock trail the size of a football field! They don't anticipate that it will be open yet for 8-10 years. 😔
Weeping rock is not really a hike, but a short walk from one of the shuttle stops. Water from the top of the canyon works it's way through the sandstone over thousands of years until it hits of layer of rock it can not penetrate. The water then run horizontally until it weeps out of the rock at this location.
It is often cooler here because of the water and you can see a variety of vegetation that you will not see in other places in the park like ferns. There are also some great views back down the valley and across the river to Angels Landing.
A short, but steep hike up to see a great view under a large overhang.
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