Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park has been on our list of must-do hikes. Although anyone can hike the bottom up half of the trail as a day hike, you need to get a permit to do the full top to bottom. Your Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Narrows – The Top Down Hike (Backpacking)We woke up bright and early for our 6:30 AM shuttle pick up (see details at the bottom. Essential Tips for Hiking the Narrows Top DownDay 1 was our favorite day because we felt alone in the wilderness. Day 2 gets crowded by the day hikers is much more touristy (still a cool day hike though!).