120 Thompson St, New York, NY, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Go either early in the morning or during the cooler months.
How do those rocks just balance like that, seeming so precarious? The Hat Shop hike offers close-ups of balancing little rocks capping the hoodoos. Don't worry, you can huff and puff but you won't be able to blow them down. But it sure is fun to check out all the wild shapes and pretend the hoodoos are ladies dressed up in their millinery finest to go to the races. Note: this is a down and back up trail—way, way up. You gain about 1,000 feet as you ascend, making the Hat Shop a thigh-burner in the extreme. It's also very exposed, so not a good mid-July, midday hike. Awesome views, though, and also less traveled than other hikes in Bryce Canyon.