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Incredible fun with a stunning view at the end. I really don't think it's as frightening as many people make it out to be. I was able to traverse the chains after a nice snowfall without any problem. I did however, see a video of the trek towards the end of winter when the snow was clear, but there were large patches of ice that looked very slippery, in that case take caution. I imagine this could be more tedious and anxiety inducing with more people on the trail, but luckily I went late and during a Winter month and there was very few people. Anyways, with proper traction gear, it shouldn't be too difficult. Definitely a great hike that I'll do again.
A very short, moderately steep but family-friendly hike to the popular Zion landmark. It is amazing to think that you are standing under water that has taken more than a thousand years to re-emerge, seeping through the sandstone before being forced back out. The constant cascading flow turns this small canyon into a lush green hanging garden. The view from below the curved cliff face down to the main canyon is wonderful, with both the Great White Thrown and Cable Mountain towering over you on the left. For those looking to add a more serious hike or two, the Hidden Canyon, East Rim and Observation Point Trails also start at the trailhead.
There is probably not much I can add that hasn't already been said. This is definitely a bucket list hike. Best to go early, or you will likely find yourself standing in line on the final climb up (at least during the warmer months...I hiked it last May). Even if you are not able to get to the top (due to the conditions or a fear of heights), it is definitely worth it to hike to Scout Lookout. The views on the way up to Refrigerator Canyon are spectacular. And of course there is the unique Walter's Wiggles that brings you out of the side canyon. Usually lots of sun...don't forget sunscreen and plenty of water. And if you have time, take the West Rim Trail a short distance from the Lookout for even more amazing views of the main canyon.
Amazingly this trail has only been around since 1993...it would seem much longer. It's a must on a trip to Zion. It is short and rather easy with little elevation gain, almost all on the climb up from the trailhead by the ranger station at the east end of the tunnel. There are many fantastic views on the hike through Pine Creek Canyon, but that is just the prelude to the amazing view from the cliff overlook above the Great Arch. It is best to go early. The view is better with the sun rising behind you...and the parking spaces in the small lot and along Zion-Mount Carmel Highway go fast. This trail gives you a wonderful way to see Zion Canyon from a special vantage point without having a longer hike like Angels Landing or Observation Point.
Hiked Oct. 29, 2016. The fall weather was perfect!!! I only wore a pair of tennis shoes because I didn't know we were going to hike this trail, but I would recommend hiking boots or at least shoes that have good tread on them. This can definitely be strenuous and probably isn't good if you have asthma or you're scared of heights. My friend who has asthma couldn't make it to the top. This hike requires you to really pay attention to what you're doing. Even though it is difficult it is so worth it! Would totally do it again. The entire trail is beautiful and the view at the top of Angels Landing is awesome & very rewarding! Highly recommend!
Hiked this trail Dec. 30th. We rented crampons and hiking boots for this which were very much needed. The trail itself wasn't terribly hard but the icey conditions definitely made it more of a challenge. My friend and I made it up to Scouts Lookout which was amazing! Unfortunately without the proper equipment, the chained portion was covered in ice and we were not able to make it the rest of the way. Highly recommend starting this trail as early as possible as there were a lot of people passing me on the way down. Looking forward to doing this trail in the summer without all the ice
Hiked Dec. 30th after a good snow storm hit 5 days prior. Good gloves and ice cleats are a must!! It was really icee and snow packed. At times I wasn't sure I was going to make it. I made it to the lookout point, but with only hiking shoes and no ice traction I couldn't go any farther up the chained portion. I didn't find the hike to be that hard, but I'm athletic and an experienced hiker. It took me less than 2 hours (roundtrip) to go up to Scouts lookout and back. I stopped to take pictures several times and put on a few bandaids on my already blistered feet. The views were incredible and totally worth it! I hiked at 8am right after the sun came up and got a good amount of light. Trail wasn't crowded at all- saw only a few people on the way up... on the way down there was probably 30+ people coming up.
The last part was tricky to get up and I found it's more challenging to come down since we went during winter time and the trail covered by snow. The view was amazing but it's not a spot that you can sit there for a while and enjoy the view. Love this hike and will do it again.