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Excellent Running

If you are running the Zion Traverse (or Trans-Zion Trek), you'll find the Wildcat section to be one of the most excellent, runnable portions of your entire day. Clearly defined and well maintained, this single track trail winds through some of the least-visited parts of the park.

Pack water.

Be sure to pack plenty of water with you on this trail as it lands directly in the middle of a 17-mile stretch of no clean water sources on the Trans-Zion Traverse. Runners, beware - don't underestimate this stretch if you think 4 miles sounds like a breeze, most of this trail consists of deep sand that will slow your pace and fill your shoes.

No shortage of foul water

This was one of the most beautiful sections of the Trans-Zion trek, and also one of the most frustrating. We encountered no fewer than a dozen stream crossings with haphazard rocks and sticks strewn across - to no avail, still came out feet soaking wet. This being said, none of these streams have drinkable water and hikers need to wait until they reach Beatty Spring, which runs along the valley floor to the Kolob Arch. If you're headed the opposite direction, you will have to wait 17 miles to Sawmill Spring... pack accordingly!