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Mentally tough but rewarding hike.

Hard hike but worth every minute!

4 days ago

i love this hike. not for non hikers.

People are insanely unprepared for this hike. Energy levels are showing way to low and the main hike to the top hasn't even started. The chains are a huge help, but this isn't for the average "walker" or tourist in a pair of snickers. You must be prepared for this, hydrated and the proper footwear. Seriously people! no more near misses- this trail will close permanently

The trail was well marked with easy access to the trailhead. There are plenty of trail maps but no bathrooms. The trail is very rocky and narrow making the rating of “moderate” accurate. My two children got excited for a bench at about two miles. They sat down only to realize a minute later that they were COVERED in termites! My five year old was in pure horror! We tried to finish the loop with the shortcut but after a quarter of a mile farther, we decided it was best to turn around. After returning back to the car and fully stripping their clothes, we also found three ticks on my husband and daughter. Heads up that this is not a young kid friendly hike. I wish we would’ve have gotten a chance to see the entire trail and what it has to offer. I gave it three stars because I’m sure it’s a good trial for others, but I wish I’d known it wasn’t for my family. Oh well, you live and you learn.

This s one of my favorite hikes of all time!! I've done it several times. Incredible!!!!!I would recommend going early in the morning ( at least in the summer) the sun can be pretty brutal.

trail running
7 days ago

Easy single track trail system, very well maintain and excellent for trail running. Nice fellows out there!

It's funny to hike with chains in the hand, but don't too worry about the danger. Just be careful. Actually the most difficult part is before reaching the cliff, as it's very steep. When you hike with chains, you always need to stop to wait for others in the opposite direction, so will not be very tired.

Great hike. I didn’t do the chains but my girlfriend did and loved it. Even the hike up to the plateau at the top is worth it though. Go early to avoid crowds.

One of the best, most iconic hikes in the country. Hope it opens up again soon.

paddle sports
12 days ago

Great float river. Very busy, do during the week to miss the crowds We did 26 miles talking out at Lead Mine.

Challenging but fun hike. Go early to beat the heat. View at the top is amazing.

favorite hike in Zion! extremely awesome, sheer vertical cliffs all around.

Four stars, not because of the hike but because they really should permit this hike on/past Scout Lookout. There was TOO many people coming up and down those chains with total disregard for right-of-way and no experience.

The bus to the trail took over an hour and set us back hard. Went in a very hot day wish we could have finished the hike didn’t even get the the wiggles ! We had dogs at a daycare and had to get back to them at 3. I plan to go back dog free and finish the hike didn’t seem difficult just wasn’t in the best mind space

I highly recommend this if you are in shape. Wiggles seemed more difficult than the hike to the top. The view is amazing, but there are many chipmunks and squirrels looking beg or steal food. Do not feed them, their scurrying about under your foot is not safe. Walking along the spine can be intimidating, but it is beyond worth the energy spent

A favourite of mine since childhood. Lots of cool lookout points and moments that can get your inner adrenaline junkie excited.

Beautiful hike. If you are going for the first time, go in the morning so it won’t be as trafficked when there isn’t enough space for two direction traveling. It isn’t as beautiful in the morning as it is latter in the day, but is more busy.

Absolutely incredible hike! The views at the top are some of the best I have ever seen and, while the sight of the last part of the hike from Scout’s point almost made me turn back, the hike itself didn’t feel nearly as nerve wracking as I expected. 100% worth the effort and looking forward to doing it again when the trail reopens.

Spoke to a Zion ranger on July 20th, 2018 that informed me that this trail will be closed indefinitely. When asked about her opinion on when it could reopen, she said “a year”. Just wanted to pass the info along.

Hiked on July 7th. We started in the heat of the day, which is not recommended for obvious reasons. Took 3 liters of water each, and two of us ran out about 1/2 way down. The trek to the very top can be a butt-kicker of a hike if you're not at least in decent shape. My 19 y.o., who hasn't done any such activities in quite a while, gave everything he had to make it to the top. Do NOT do this! If it takes everything you have to get to the top, then the way down will be very painful, scary, and slow. As for the crowds... we knew to expect it from previous reviews, and I actually enjoyed the camaraderie of the fellow hikers as we figured out how/where to let one another pass. If you're in Zion, I think this is a must. Just start early, and hydrate as much as you can prior to (there is a toilet about 2/3 the way up, so you'll be okay to flood yourself prior).

If you aren't used to scrambling or heights, this hike will have an added fear factor. When I would go hiking at home, we would usually separate from the trail and free climb around the rocks, so I scarcely needed the chains provided past Scout's Lookout. However, the scariest part was trying to navigate around so many other people going the opposite direction on such a narrow trail. The views are great and it's a pretty good workout when you can keep your own pace.

Great hike, but start early to beat crowds. Even then, on the way back, you'll hit traffic. We did it ,April 20th and traffic was high on the trail, somewhat expected for a beautiful Sunday. It was a bucket list knockoff and felt good enough for hike to narrows after and bike back to the rental. At age 62, mind you

One of the most iconic hikes in the US, and for good reason. Just wow. Huge crowds can be a bummer, but it's hard to blame people for wanting to experience it. If you're scared of heights, you can stop at the "first landing" where Walter's Wiggles spits out - one of our group did that. That said, there are chains for all the harrowing drops and the heights are totally worth the view at the end.

Beware the chipmunks! Had someone tell me she found one in her bag halfway down the trail - some of them can work zippers!

29 days ago

Decent trail that was easy to follow and nice scenery. Biggest set back was the numerous ticks and horseflies we encountered. We had sprayed beforehand with tick defense bug spray but still pulled or brushed off over 50 ticks between the two of us

Amazing trail! Don't let the scary stories and pictures hold you back, I thought it was way less scary than expected. The view at the top is to die for ;-)

This hike wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the hike. I was actually dreading this but it wasn’t bad. Great hike recommend to all!

great trail. a little of everything from up hill down hill. very rocky in places

I’ve done multiple hikes and scrambles where I live and I don’t consider this a hard hike at all. I could see it being hard for those scared of heights or elderly or those with medical conditions. Be aware of edges with kids as people continue to fall off for not paying attention but you really have to walk to the edge where people have fallen not even on the chain portion. There is no shade you start with switch backs after a long path up then it flattens to a part where most people seem to stop and head back down as this is where the chain starts. The chain portion is really not scary at all and if you’re scared don’t go up as it holds everyone up. There is literal steps built into the rock in some portions. After the chains is quite a gorgeous view of all of Zion. Take lots of water and go early as it gets hot quick. It’s a relatively short hike depending on how fast you’re going.

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