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This is a hard trail because of the steep switch-backs. Pace yourself up this trail. Think of it in four parts. The first is the steep switch-backs up the outside of the mountain. But once you make it up that you get a break by hiking in the shade and more reasonable path back inside. But be prepared to hit the third part of the trail that takes you up shorter, but steeper switch-backs a good bit up. At the end you find the part that’s flat where you can rest and go to the bathroom. From here you can go back down or take the final leg up where you have to hold on to chains and make your way to the top on a small ledge with pausing for hikers moving back and forth up the trail.

hiking
17 hours ago

Amazing hike

My girlfriend and I chose this beast as our third hike in Virginia and it was spectacular! We decided to go clockwise and climb up the most strenuous ridge trail first. It was unlike any hike I've ever done and definitely pushes you on the rock scramble and boulder section, but it was manageable and fun for me (6'2", 260lbs) and her (5'2", 110lbs)...so I'd say as long as you have a strong desire to reach the summit and the ability to "get skinny" on some parts, this hike is a good one for beginner hikers that want to push their skills and endurance!

trail running
1 day ago

Started trail this morning around 6:30. Trail is very fun right now with the right equipment. Muddy/water flow on trail, 1.5 or so, ice and snow. Not pot holing early morning until you get to lake. With sun up at top of trail minor pot holing. Equipment suggestions: microspikes (its very icy right at least half way up), trekking poles and gloves. I ran in baseball cap, tank top and tights. Hands even with wool gloves got very cold (started to hurt), until getting to top. Super fun and technical at present.

It’s scary. Be smart wear good shoes. Great views both directions

Fantastic trail. Always take the in laws here with the kids. It’s a great loop.

hiking
1 day ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Always such a good time. Have gone multiple times and always look forward to going again!

Absolutely breathtaking. Cannot stress enough how dangerous and difficult it is, though. If you are unsure, stop at Chicken Rock. From there, the steep drop offs begin.

amazing hike. we loved the views and the challenge. highly recommended.

Amazing nature hike! Trails are quite difficult, not quite as hard as Glen Onoko but I definitely recommend this one too!

There’s not a lot to say that hasn’t already been said, this trail is incredible but not for the faint of heart. Go early or late in the day to avoid the crowds, bring gloves with good grip for holding onto the chains on the rocks. If you do get scared, please move off the trail! There were several people that were clinging on to the chains, holding on for dear life, sitting on the ground in the middle of the walkways, making it very dangerous for the rest of us.

Excellent option if you like The Narrows, this is a much less populated water trail. Neoprene socks keep your feet warm in the cold creek water. First half of the hike is a bit exposed but the 2nd half is shaded in the narrow canyons.

All time favorite

I bought the shirt, and then I had to do it. Tip: go as early as you can get in the park. The crowds start coming after that, and you do NOT want to be stuck behind them when you're all hanging on the side of a cliff holding the same chain. Plus, there are people coming up who are not prepared or in shape for this hike and you do not want to get stuck behind them. Great hike if you don't mind a little fear factor. I'm not afraid of heights, but even I was a little uncertain in some parts. Just keep climbing.

must do hike!!! go early.

Highly recommend starting early to beat the crowds. We caught the 7 am shuttle from the visitor center and crowds were limited at that time. Great views at the top.

trail running
5 days ago

Hermosas vistas de las caídas de agua y de los imponentes bloques de piedra del half dome y de los cercanos. Me tocó mucho hielo en el ascenso por mist trail a Vernada falls la verdad muy peligroso, opté por regresar y seguir por John Muir trail !
Me faltaron un kilometro y medio estimo para la base del half dome, era llegar a tiempo o bien disfrutar sacando hermosas fotos, y esto último fue lo que hice
Muy bueno para tail running mi garmin marco exacto 30 kmts y 1560+
Altamente recomendable

This hike was amazing! I did it this past weekend and didn’t need spikes or snow shoes (the snow was packed down enough). Got super sunburnt on my face so wear sunscreen!

hiking
5 days ago

Lots of fun if you don’t mind climbing some steep sections with the help of iron rungs, and a couple of precarious sections along a cliff face. Great views all around.

Havasu, Mooney And Beaver are all beautiful!
Definitely worth the hike.

Check out my videos of the hike and the camp ground.

Youtube account: Melissa DC Gomez

Beautiful scenery and good trails with elevation gain/loss.

Great hike but WAY TOO many people on the chain!! Too close for comfort in my opinion!

Wonderful hike! I could not do the chain section - vertigo took over but we hiked part way up the West Rim and had a spectacular view of the valley.

Fun and Very easy hike with a well maintained trail at the beginning and Not too much shade. People make it sound hard but theres nothing hard about this trail for the active person. although In summer is really crowded with ppl which really sucks a lot. Nice views at the top and overall good experience. Is one of those hikes that you must do once but not twice. In my opinion if you're there for a day the narrows are better but if you can do both trails then might as well do them.

We enjoyed this hike, we made it on the first shuttle. I would not go if you don't make it early. Also seemed to be not as dangerous as all the hype, I am sure it is worse with more people on it. Hidden canyon seemed more precarious.

Very beautiful views from the top.
It is marked as “hard” for a reason. 1/3 of the trial is with chains and very steep cliffs. I would not recommend this for the kids or someone who is very scared heights. We started at 9am and was getting crowded already, like everyone hike the early you go the less people you will meet.

A must in Zion. If you are scared of heights, skip the last 0.5 miles climb to Angel's landing and turn around at Scout's lookout. (Totally worth it too)

I siked myself out the night before this hike by watching videos and reading reviews. I was seriously having a panic attack because I’m deathly afraid of heights. I actually found the hike to be very easy! Once you’re past the switchbacks and start the chains, it’s mainly using arm strength to hold and pull yourself up over rocks. The heights was not that bad! The videos made it look scarier than it actually was. I also recommend going very early to beat the crowds because you do end up having to wait for people to pass on the chains a lot if it’s crowded. I went at 6am and it was almost empty! If you like this hike, I would also highly recommend Observation Point. I found the scenery at OP to be even nicer than AL since it’s higher and you get more of the overall view of the park.

This was my first hike and a solo one at that. It was awesome!!! The rock scramble did not disappoint this first timer. I’m short (4’11”) and was able to this. Some review said it might be difficult and they were but other hikers were there to help if needed. I did this counter clockwise. Went up the fire road first then hit the scramble. That helped I’m sure as I was able to slide down a lot of the boulders. So if you’re in decent shape and want an exciting solo hike.....THIS WAS GREAT.

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