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1 day ago

Great hike with amazing views on a clear day if you're in excellent shape no matter your age. Only warning --- watch out for little kids, (like cub & boy scouts), who RUN DOWN the slick rock where the cables are. They lose control and have knocked down a few hikers coming up. Also, I've seen groups coming up the cables hanging onto the cables and each other. If you're afraid of heights look straight ahead and avoid looking to the left or right, because there's no focal point and you may get the sensation that you will fall off. Otherwise, it's well worth the effort! :-)

I did this during a snowstorm. It was technically challenging because of this and spikes were a must, but because of the storm there was zero visibility and I didn’t get to see the stunning views! Will def go back on a sunny day. The top portion is no joke.

Had to do this trail after seeing it in Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World. It was as stunning as promised. My only complaint was how busy the trail was .. and that was in January. It has to be ridiculous during peak season.

Really nice hike with spectacular views of the canyon and little niches for meditation. I didn’t finish because I started too late in the day and it was getting dark, but I made it 4.3 miles round trip, so I probably was close. I hiked solo so I wasn’t planning on scrambling with the chain. Definitely would do it again and complete it.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

Hiked 1/19 2.5 mi out and back (5mi round trip). Starts off somewhat open and some trees, but just after 1.5mi it’s real shaded and in the forest, especially past the point when you get to Lost Creek Wilderness. Not much snow at the beginning, but once in the forest the snow takes up the entire trail. Used yak tracks and they were helpful with the incline on this trail. The snow gets less packed down as the trail goes on, and would probably be best done with snowshoes at that point. Not too crowded, saw only a few small groups of people. A nice place to enjoy the woods and forest setting if that is what you’re setting out to do.

hiking
4 days ago

Go early. Its a popular trail & it becomes too trafficked-especially when the park is in full swing

hiking
8 days ago

Must do at least once. I've done it 2.9 times (don't chicken if you are like me, because you'll be back again to finish what you started) and it is indescribable. This last time, in August 2018, I spent the rest of our time in the Valley pointing to the top and telling my husband, "Hey, we were up there on Tuesday morning!!".

First two times, we started at 4 AM and made it up to the cables after 10 AM. There was a lot of traffic, and for this acrophobe, it just made things worse. However, once you summit the sub dome, the cables look IMPOSSIBLE. Get right up to them and you'll see it isn't as straight up as you think. I think having carabiners to clip yourself in just to ease your mind a bit is a great idea, though I've done it without each time. A couple tricky spots, but if you keep things one plank at a time, you'll get there.

In August, my husband and I started at 12 AM. Once we got to the mist trail, I realized we left our gloves in the car (get decent work gloves from Home Depot or somewhere similar as they will work WONDERFULLY for the cables; you need the grip). Had to trek back so we finally started before 1 AM. Hiking in the dark was rough. Took the mist trail up as usual. We reached the pre-dome at sunrise and made it to the top at about 7:30. Absolutely gorgeous. Cables will likely exhaust you, so get ready for a long trip down. We got back to the parking lot (took the mist trail down, though I would recommend the Muir trail down if your knees are in agony; I just wanted my husband to see the falls) at about 1 PM, so it took 12 hours in all, which was the same as the previous trips. Slept for a looooong time after that.

This was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'm proud of myself for doing it because I'm terrified of heights but I won't ever do it again. We were appalled at the people hiking to the top with small children. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also dangerous. Be safe.

1/11/19 Incredible hike and views. Ice is present on the wiggles and from the first set of chains. It is possible to get past first set of chains without clamp one but would not recommend. very easy to slip.

Went up on New Years Eve, it had snowed about an inch the night before and everything was absolutely beautiful. The shuttle was running and we caught the second or third one out at 8:20. There were about 40 people hiking the switchbacks around us, but that number dropped to about 20 when we hit the chains because of the snow.

I would NOT go past the first short stretch of chain without micro spikes. Several portions were extremely slick, and the couple hiking ahead of us without spikes made me nervous. About 90% of people we saw that day had spikes on. Well worth the $20.

Took us almost exactly three hours total, from hopping off the shuttle to getting back to the stop. It was starting to get crowded as we came back down, which would have added a lot more time waiting for the narrow parts to clear up before passing.

One of, if not the most spectacular hikes I've ever experienced! Amazing view of the canyon and a thrilling trail that towers above the river below!

bird watching
12 days ago

this place fuckin sucks dick

This is a good hike,but be prepared. we hiked yesterday (8/1/18). We started at 1am and I would recommend starting between 12-1am (especially if you are planning on hiking at a 10 hour or slower pace!). The views are amazing and hiking with the moon is really cool. The way the weather is I would recommend leaving the top by 10. The 3.5 miles on the crest take a while and is dangerous when the storm starts. The last water is on switch back 23ish. It's good clean water right from a spring. If it rains the trail rivals any major water park. The trail will become a river. It rained while we were on the switch backs and you will get wet. The puddles are unavoidable. I had fun hiking and splashing on the way down in the rain. I loved this hike and would do it again.
This mountain is not a joke, if you are hiking do research, train before you go, and bring all the proper gear (a good rain coat) Be Safe and have fun.

Prolly the hardest I’ve done thus far. I got winded and had to stop a couple times. And the last mile and half was kinda scary considering holding on to dear life and it’s very heavily trafficked.

5 stars for the actual trail, 3 stars for the crowds. Did this around Christmas 2018 (no crampons here, as it was about 50 F!) and despite the shutdown, the park was packed, and this trail was probably the most populated. It is, without doubt, a singular trail in terms of beauty and terrain- there are few others trails that offer the same experience as this one (Kauai’s Napali Coast comes to mind). It is well-maintained and offers truly breathtaking views of the canyon, some of the best being before you even reach the iconic summit on the (extensive) switchbacks, and all of this in a accessible and manageable 5 miles out-and-back with readily available facilities nearby. The price, of course, is that you won’t find much privacy or serenity along the trail, as it will almost certainly be packed with fellow hikers (see aforementioned accessibility). This is probably most apparent at the beginning of the chained sections, where you’ll find yourself waiting in line as group passes in the other direction- we routinely found ourselves stationary for 5-10 minutes at a time. As long as you expect this going in, though, this is a worthy investment; you don’t do this hike for the peace and quiet, you do it for the view and the rush of climbing that spine. Zion offers plenty of serenity and solitude within a 5-10 minute, and I definitely recommend exploring so of the lesser-known areas of the park (Cockeye Falls!) after finishing with this beautiful trail.

Super trail . But go realy early

Did this trail 12/29/18 - has amazing views at the top and on the way up, light snow dusting the red rock was exceptionally beautiful. Trail is well marked and has a gradual climb up switchbacks until you get to the chains. Icy conditions on the rocks made holding tightly to the chain a necessity, make sure you have a good grip and wear gloves to avoid raw hands. We didn't have any traction devices but they are highly recommended for secure footing. Be cautious if hiking in winter conditions and enjoy the expansive view at the top down the river

Beautiful view

Loved this hike! We split this up into two days so we could camp in little Yosemite valley.

This was amazing. It was incredibly hot though, so you'll want to make sure to bring a ton of water. Make sure to go with someone who won't wimp out on you though. I came to Zion National Park to hike this trail, and my partner wimped out right before the end. You'll want to go all the way to the top. The view is incredible. This trail is very crowded, so make sure you are prepared to step out of people's way as they come down or up because you will not be able to pass each other unless you let them by first. Be very careful though, many have died from the fall. Hold onto the chain and you'll be fine. (Also make sure to check the weather, if it is going to thunderstorm, consider doing observation point or a different hike instead as this hike has metal poles and chains that could very easily electrocute you in the case of a storm.)
MAKE SURE YOU SEE THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE IT IS INCREDIBLE.

hiking
21 days ago

Such an awesome hike! Definitely recommend! Make sure that you bring gloves that can grip the cables if you plan on going to the summit!

Be careful! The trail is worth the effort, but gets very busy as the day progresses. I’d suggest an off-season or early day plan. Spectacular views unparalleled by other hikes!

My wife and I did this hike Saturday (12/29/18). Great hike and very beautiful, but very very dangerous and can get crowded around the last portion with chains. If you do this in the winter you much have cleats to make it all the way to top due to icy conditions.

What an amazing place to visit!! The views are espectacular everywhere you look!! This trail was a little challenging,, the last part with the chains was quite scary as there are so many people heading up and down and it’s only one way.. so lots of waiting around as there are some high drops on both sides!! Enjoyed it much even though the chain part I did it alone because my bud Brian chickened out as he is somewhat afraid of heights but I still love him to pieces and he patiently waited till I got back down!!

Yeah I mean this hike is sick, the chain climbing at the end makes u feel like Indian jones and the view is nuts. Just do it

I had done this hike in the summer and it was cool and I don’t remember feeling nervous or scared. We went today (end of December) and it was cold (in the 20s and 30s) and the trail got quite tricky with icy and slushy patches. Going down felt more treacherous than going up. Those wearing micro spikes were really glad to have them. The view from the top is awesome. My Strava said we went 3.1 miles up and it took us about 2.5 hrs to summit (we were going a slow to medium pace). We caught the first shuttle (at 8am) and that helped us beat the rush (which is helpful so we were not literally climbing over as many people on the narrowest parts of the trail.)

hiking
25 days ago

WOW! This was one of the most amazing hikes I've ever done! We took the one of the first shuttles from the visitor center, so the trail wasn't too crowded by the time we were climbing up the chains. The first 2 miles are paved and easy on your feet, with a little bit of ice in the last few switchbacks. We brought along microspikes, which were sufficient to get us all the way up to the top of the peak. The views are spectacular, but definitely be careful as you make your way through the last half mile. Try to get here early for the best experience - we ran into a bit of a traffic jam as we were hiking back down.

snowshoeing
25 days ago

I wanted to snowshoe but not enough snow. Took a hike in my boots. Was OK but didn’t find the hike to be amazing. Got better when trail entered the National Park. I think it might be a better summer hike.

Thanks to other reviewers, I knew to get to the park early enough to catch the first shuttle. It was completely full, and nearly everyone got off at the Grotto. I brought along my son who just turned five (he is a pretty serious hiker for a preschooler), and we went until we came to the chains at the top. While the hike was strenuous for some due to the intense climb, the trail is paved until that point so it was easy enough. The key to hiking with young kids is an infinite supply of snacks!

We had considered taking turns going out on the chains while one of us waited with my son; however, there IS ice and snow on that part of the trail and we would have needed cleats or crampons for our boots. Frankly, it just wasn’t worth it. Other than that, there was a little bit of ice on Walter’s Wiggles, but otherwise the trail was clear and dry.

Bring lots of layers, because the climb up may have you sweating, but as soon as you enter Refrigerator Canyon, the sun is gone and it’s quite a bit cooler. This might be nice in the summer, but on a winter day we were happy to have beanies and gloves!

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