A Rope Sticker. Lodge Canyon offers only modest charms and several opportunities to get the rope stuck. Mountain of the Sun is one of the more-accessible semi-technical wilderness summits in the park, and the ascent of the one and descent of the other makes for a quality day. The big-wall exit out Lodge is a common place to get ropes stuck, so this adventure can only be recommended to experienced canyoneers. It is wise to bring an extra set of ropes on this adventure.
Lodge Canyon runs north between Mountain of the Sun and Deertrap Mountain, dropping into the main canyon south of Zion Lodge, through the alcove known as Wylie Retreat, and coming out to the road through the employee housing area of Zion Lodge. Over the years, it has accumulated numerous other names, including Employee Canyon, Wylie Canyon and Mountain of the Sun Canyon.
Mountain of the Sun catches the first and last rays of the sun, as seen from Zion Lodge. It used to be one of the Three Brothers, but "left the family" when the Lodge was built in 1925. The other two became the Twin Brothers. Before the Lodge, the Wylie brothers operated a motorcar tour with tent-camp at the present Lodge location (1917-1925). The waterfall and glen behind the Lodge is known as Wylie Retreat. The Lodge was originally built and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad as part of their motorcar tour circuit.