Zion National Park in Utah is a popular destination in the Southwestern United states with beautiful views. It was the first national park in Utah and the best way to experience it is hiking among the high cliffs and through the narrow canyons. It is home to some very unique hikes, such as the Narrows where you walk for miles up a river with sheer canyon walls on either side of you, or hike the Angels Landing Trail with 21 switchbacks to the top for a great lookout. This geologically unique area has colorful sandstone canyons, high plateaus, and rock towers. Natural arches and exposed formations of the Colorado Plateau make up a large wilderness of diverse ecosystems.
We just did this hike last Saturday. Started at Lava Point and hiked to the Grotto Trail head with Tom Saxon, Karl Rosette and myself. According to the map and trail markings the hike is a little over 13 miles. It took us a little over 6.5 hours to complete we only stopped a couple times. Expect full sun exposure during the majority of this hike. I took 200 ounces of water and used almost all of it. The trail is well marked super easy to follow. I would rate this hike slightly above moderate in difficulty. There are a couple steep climbs but nothing crazy if you take your time. We only seen a couple other hikers until we got near Boy Scout overlook at Angels Landing. It got really crowded at Angels landing. The views are incredible 100% worth the pain.
Kevin D. on Angels Landing Trail
Amazing trail in an amazing National Park. I would rate it as easy though, not hard.
Emily M. on Hidden Canyon Trail
Very fun!!!!! Scrambling required!
Bugs inside canyon FYI!
Nichole P. on Kanarra Creek Canyon Trail
Absolutely gorgeous totally worth it!!
Angels Landing is a must do. It's a unique experience that you will be retelling many times. It's not a particularly difficult hike and the most strenuous part is probably heading into Walters Wiggles, but even here it's only moderate. The chains are a lot of fun. Well, in retrospect they were a lot of fun, but at the time it felt terrifying/exhilarating all at once.
For people with a fear of heights- I have a decent fear of heights and I didn't have any real issues on the chains. I wasn't one of those people that you see peering over the edge or anything like that, but it was definitely doable and enjoyable even for someone who isn't the biggest fan of heights.
Pro Tip: Make every possible effort to get on the first bus. I got on the second or third bus of the day and had no problems getting up at all, but coming back down we were already starting to run into traffic on the chains. Unfortunately, early in the day is not the best lighting for pictures at Angel's Landing, but it is absolutely the best time for hiking.