Kirk, my hiking companion for that stretch is descending beneath the arch.
We visited Bryce Canyon on Thursday.
The forest service started a controlled burn on Wednesday, the day that we arrived. Bryce Canyon City was smoky when we arrived, though the smoke dissipated some during the late afternoon and early evening. But when we woke up the next morning, the smoke was much worse than the evening before. Visibility was poor. Fortunately, visibility was better at Bryce Canyon, only a few miles away.
This first shot (and perhaps a few others) show the smoke from that (controlled) forest fire.
Views as we hiked up to Sunrise Point:
When we got back to Sunset Point, I hiked down the other branch of Navajo Loop.
A tall tree in the canyon of Navajo Loop:
There are many switchbacks on these canyon trails.
This is a view of the canyon from the trail that connects Bryce Point to the Peekaboo Loop Trail. A family was making their way down the trail at the same time that I hiked down. I asked them to pause just beyond a hole cut into the rock for this photo.
This is the view from the top of Bryce Point.