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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.

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.

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

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.

Great hike with amazing views. Parked at bus station 3 intersection very early in the morning and walked to trail head. This allowed me to beat the crowds and view the sunrise at the summit.

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Great trail, it’s particularly harder when it’s raining and wet. I’d suggest a hiking stick if you don’t have one grab one before you start. Keep an eye out for weird feral cats on the first beach and the occasional friendly rat.

Amazing hike but not as scary as it’s cut out to be. Start early. Switchbacks are tiring and super steep.

hiking
9 days ago

Good hike. Steep at the beginning but a nice break about halfway through. Ended the hike a little early so didn’t get to the top. I’d bring visitors to this trail. We didn’t see one person the entire hike. Very quiet

Absolutely stunning. Tough hike but oh so worth it!!

Absolutely stunning views. The red rocks are some of my favorites. Such a beautiful hike. Exhilarating and gets your adrenaline pumping. Highly recommend.

So beautiful and exhilarating! One of the best hikes I’ve done of all time. If you don’t like heights, stay away.

We lucked out and missed the crowds because of rain and a storm in the distance. We had a guide that made me feel safe, since this was my first time and I was a little nervous. I also have a fear of heights, but I conquered that fear. The views are absolutely breathtaking. There is a sense of camaraderie on the trail itself. Everyone was working towards the same goal. I felt like I had accomplished a great feat when I made it back down. It was hard. I was scared. But it was so worth it. I highly recommend this hike. Be prepared when you go, people have died on this hike.

backpacking
11 days ago

I hiked this trail in 4 days in 2014. I would like to go back and spend more time

The last third of the hike is by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done. When you’re back on solid ground, all you can feel is.... victory.

If you can, stay in the Zion Lodge, get up a half hour before dawn and set out walking to the trailhead along the Grotto trail. We avoided the big crowds and had a mind-blowing sunrise view. A painfully early wake-up call will hurt but it is so, so worth it. We went in early April and needed a LOT of layers, with temps varying from below freezing In the morning to the 60s by mid-day. This one’s not for the faint of heart, so plan well and don’t attempt if you can’t stomach the idea of a narrow trail with steep drop offs on either side.

What a day! we started at 930 am and got to the top at 1130. We had lunch on top of the world! The most amazing view you can imagine, but it was a lot of work. I do not recommend taking a child under 13, it's very strenuous and sometimes slippery. My legs were shaking and I still had about 2 more hours to hike down.

Absolutely beautiful! Mid April so it was very busy! Most hikers are very friendly and patient when it comes to taking your time on the last 1/2mile. Worth the experience and the views!

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible hike!

This was an amazing hike, with incredible views at the top. One of the best I’ve ever done in a NP. It was definitely not easy with all the switchbacks and steep climbs up and down. I didn’t have issues with the heights but this is definitely a big factor for some. I would never take a child under 13 on this trail.

I started at 8AM, which is the latest I would ever start this trail. This was good timing since there was limited waiting climbing up and down. Due to the hoards of people (first week of apr) I could see coming up I didn’t stay very long at the top. I would not want to do this trail with lots of people going up or down, since you’ll be waiting a long time at the chains to safely climb up or down. They definitely need to issue permits to limit the number people attempting this hike and keep it enjoyable and safe.

There are some spots you have to pull yourself up and drop yourself down using your arms, so you really need to be in shape to climb to the top safely. Round trip took 3hrs 15mins, but I would have liked to spend more time enjoying the views at the top.

I've done this hike many times since I was 15. It's always a fun hike but now it sucks that you must have a permit. It used to be a beautiful hike with a lot of scenery and lots of water and water falls now there's minimal water which is sad. Still pretty and enjoyable for those who never been there. Hardest part might be the cables at the top. The whole trail there is maintained and easy with moderate hills here and there. A lot of ppl like to start at 5am but we always leave at 9am and return by 6pm with plenty of time to enjoy the whole hike. Bring snacks, food and water if you've never done this long of a hike before. There's restrooms at little Yosemite and there's a guard at the entrance of the trail there checking permits so make sure you have them or you won't be able to continue. There's shaded parts along the trail which makes it nice during summer.

SO AWESOME! One of my favorite hikes. We went mid day and if you’re patient-you’ll be fine. (Went in the summer). Be wise while doing this trail. Stupidity doesn’t mix with heights and sheer cliffs. Cute chipmunks at the top

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