The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the national park system. Zion's pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides. The trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction. Rarely is such an intimidating path so frequented by hikers. One would think that this narrow ridge with deep chasms on each of its flanks would allure only the most intrepid of hikers. Climbers scale its big wall; hikers pull themselves up by chains and sightseers stand in awe at its stunning nobility. The towering monolith is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Southwest.
The first 2 miles are paved and well maintained. Most of the path is sunny, but Refrigerator Canyon offers shade and often a cool breeze. This is a good early morning hike. Make sure to allow time to be off the trail by dark if starting late in the day. The last half mile is across a narrow sandstone ridge. Anchored support chains are attached along some sections of the sheer fin.
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Posted By: ADesouza
- Fri Jul 13 03:58:22 UTC 2018
UpsideGorgeous views the entire way! Chain section gets you to the top :) DownsideBusy (in July) with people until the chain section, where many stop or turn around CommentLoved this hike! The first switchbacks are gentle and continuously provide amazing views. Beyond that, the trail becomes pretty flat until a second set of paved switchbacks that arent too bad either, especially because they are on the west side of the mountain and are in the shade (if you do a morning hike). If you make it to Scouts Lookout, take the extra 25 min to summit Angels Landing. The remainder to summit is not difficult in steepness or fitness level. It would be daunting to anyone wih a fear of heights but I found that all of the warnings about how narrow the ridge is made it sound like the whole ridge is narrow. I had 2 friends stay at Scouts Lookout for fear of the last section being too dangerous or narrow so I continued on my own (with MANY other hikers), but when my friends saw my photos after they realized they could have/ would have done it. Just keep typical hiking safety in mind (watch your footing, use the chains for assitance) and youâll be fine!