Zion NP - Angel's Landing
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Distance: 5 miles round trip
  • Travel Time: 4 hours round trip
  • Elevation: 1488' gain
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Angel's Landing is one of the most well know trails in Zion's National Park.  It offers spectacular views of Zion Canyon from 1500' above the canyon floor.  The trail may be difficult and downright scary at times, but the view is worth the effort to get to the top.

The landing is about 2.5 miles from the Grotto trailhead.  The trail starts out level as it parrallels the Virgin river for about 1/2 of a mile.  Then the switchbacks start.  The first set of switchback are long and slowly take you up the lower slopes of the canyon walls.  When you get up to the rock face, parts of the trail were blasted out so that you can get through.  The trail turns a corner into to a small slot canyon and levels out for 1/4 of a mile.  This canyon offers the only shade of the hike.  If it has rained you can find a small stream running through it.  You'll know you are at the end of the canyon when you get to Walter's Wiggles.  This set of very narrow steep switchbacks climbs up the canyon wall to Scout lookout.  Take your time going up, and when you come back down, be careful not to run over the hikers coming up the trail. 

From Scout overlook, the trail branches to the right.  The trail to the left will take you to the West Rim Trail.  As you head to the right, you'll encounter 1000' drops on both sides of the trail.  There are chains to hold on to.  In some spots only 1 person can get by at a time, so you'll have to wait for people heading up or down.  This section of trail isn't meant for younger kids. The fin that is Angel's landing will start to widen and level out, then you'll be at the landing.  There is a wide slickrock plain where you can eat your lunch and enjoy the view.

Be sure to take ample amounts of water on this hike.  The park service recommends a couple quarts per person during the summer.  Summer Temperatures can approach 110 degrees.  The best time to hike is the early morning before some of the crowds and the heat starts.

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