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The absolute most beautiful, breathtaking hike I have ever done in my life! Absolutely recommend hiking Angels Landing!! Don’t let your fear of heights stop you, just do it!

Heavily trafficked; however the view at the end and near the end is awe-inspiring

Make sure your boots are tied.

hiking
19 hours ago

Nice hike, and a pretty decent workout for how short it is. Some pretty views and some fun steep sections.
A bit crowded on a Saturday morning and the parking situation was a mess. $5 fee to park and too confusing to figure out if a National Park covers it based on the signs, so I just paid.

Get there before 8 to have a relaxing hike up. If you get there late you may be sharing the trail with a lot kids, screaming tourists, dogs, and many other inconsiderate people that come with popular hikes. Fun little morning scramble though and the views are well worth it.

Super fun hike. We felt safe with the chain just make sure you make smart moves and you will enjoy it much more than worrying about falling off the cliff.
Make sure to take breaks because the whole thing is very strenuous.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike. Challenging, but a lot of fun. The view up top is worth the fierce incline on the way up.

Best hike I've ever done

Beautiful hike! Amazing views

Nice way to test your mind, have fun!

This hike is very challenging but well worth it to see the spectacular views! Not meant for shoes that have no grip.

hiking
4 days ago

There is one part where it's bad, but it's the only place that it is that bad. Otherwise I was not scrambling.

Fantastic trail, but the last half mile is pretty strenuous and terrifying. The views are worth it if you can persist. By far the most challenging but rewarding hike I’ve ever done. It’s longer than advertised here, more like 5 miles. The first 2 miles are a series of switchbacks that get very steep in places and never seem to end. These stop at Scout’s Landing, where many people turn around after taking in the views. The last half mile is mostly climbing. Proper footwear and plenty of water are essential, and do not bring small children or pets. We are 50 and in decent shape but not used to higher elevations, and it took us 4+ hours round trip, which included plenty of stops and a slow pace thanks to my fear of heights. So glad I did this. But it really is every bit as scary as advertised, so don’t take it lightly.

This trail gets 5 stars because the views along the way and the view at the top is totally worth it - but it is definitely a difficult trail. I would consider it more rock-climbing as there are multiple places where I was crawling on my hands/knees. I took my 60 pound boxer and had to lift him up/down in a couple spots. Even if you're in shape, the elevation changes so quickly it gets hard to breathe - my suggestion is take a couple breaks along on the way up and enjoy the views!

Probably the best hike (this and the loop in the north part with several arches). This is a clasic and a must-hike./walk

Did this trail last year in November! Start early as it gets crowded on the chains section! Very strenuous but the most amazing views! Don’t attempt this if you’re scared of heights!

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Awesome hike up...views along the way are fantastic. We came in via Yavapai trail head and hiked Slim Shady to Templeton to get to bottom of Cathedral Rock Trail. We didn't do the Templeton loop and just backtracked so round trip it was 11km for the whole trip. Slim Shady and Templeton were easy and very few people.

hiking
6 days ago

Fantastic trail. Wife thought because distance was short it would be easy. Be prepared!

I did this hike on Thursday, Nov 8. I started around 9 and it took a total of 3 hours. 9 seems like a great time to start as there weren’t that many people around while going up - definitely got crowded while I was coming back, I did a lot of waiting for lines of people to pass as I was descending.

The hike was very fun. Obviously you have to be smart on this trail but there was no point where I felt like I was in danger. Stay on the correct side of the chains and be sure of your footing.

Don’t make the final push to the summit if you’re having second thoughts. Scouts Lookout has a great view as well.

Don’t feed the chipmunks.

This was a good, well trafficked hike. We completed this hike in early August and it was very hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

We went 2 days ago, and it is definitely a hard trail. Some spots we were using all fours to climb. So worth it at the top. Windy and somewhat cold so bring that extra layer, hat, and gloves to keep warm.

hiking
8 days ago

Did this trail the other day. Started the trail at noon and finished right before 3pm. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a crowd perspective, but there seemed to be more people leaving then going up. This is a tough trail that kicked my butt! I did the observation trail in the AM and this one right after, so I was a little more exhausted for this trail than I would have liked to be. Def worth doing at least once!

on Cathedral Rock Trail

hiking
8 days ago

This is amazing, it took me about 1 hour to climb the view was AMAZING I really enjoyed this and I want to do this again!

hiking
8 days ago

Clearly marked trail with great views from the top. Highly recommend it!

hiking
9 days ago

More moderate than hard - I’m carrying a fair bit of excess baggage and found this walk ok - defo 5 stars

Go early like I did to avoid major crowds. First shuttle is at 7 a.m. If you consider yourself a hiker you should do this at least once. Not as scary as I was told it's easy to feel safe and stable in my opinion during the part with exposed cliffs and chains to hold on to. Gorgeous views most of the way and the colors were turning with the best view of the hike at the summit. Hope I can go back and do this again sooner then later

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