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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 LOVED this hike! It was hard but so beautiful! I loved the changes in scenery and the little break in incline through the canyon. I'm so glad we did this hike; it was quiet, peaceful, and less crowded than other hikes in the park. The view at the top is stunning!
Just backpacked this last weekend, and I can't even describe how incredible it was. The views just never stop hitting you. It seemed like every 15 minutes we were looking at a completely different and beautiful formation. We went from Lava Point to the Grotto, which is apparently backwards from the way I'm seeing most people do it. That being said, I don't think it really matters which way you go, as you see everything either way. Definitely not an easy hike, but it is 100% worth every step.
Just backpacked this last weekend to add some extra time in Zion while backpacking the West Rim trail. Compared to West Rim, the views on Wildcat Canyon are good but not great. It is an easier hike with some good picture opportunities. Ending near Lava Point gives you an opportunity to hop up there and get in some good sites.
Great hike if you like uphill :) First mile plus is a 1000' elevation gain on many switchbacks. Then it flattens out through a slot canyon and then climbing again to the top. Great views of the valley plus some that most people will never see to the east of the valley. Start early since there is a lot of sun on this trail.
A decently hard hike with how high you go up. The last quarter mile or so is kind of dangerous and is all done by holding a chain was you walk with hiking traffic coming both ways along the same chain. The views at the end of the trail are amazing, you can see the whole canyon for miles in every direction.
This review comes from someone who is terrified of heights. My advice, have courage and believe in yourself. Have no doubts. Just focus on your breath, take it one step at a time and don't look anywhere but where you are going to take your next step. No need to look down until you reach the top, because the view is pretty spectacular. You'll have the view of an angel's. I took many breaks and let people pass me when they wanted too. I was in no hurry to make it to the top and I'm so glad I took my time. I kept a steady pace and was able to complete the entire trail round trip in about 4 hours. Enjoy it, I know you won't regret it. Lastly, don't listen to other people, if you want to do this trail, just got for it! Have fun!