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I first hiked this trail in back March 2018, and it was amazing. It was definitely chilly, but worth every step especially reaching the top. Just a beautiful scenery all the way to the top!

I hiked it again yesterday (Aug 2018) under a warmer weather, which made it more difficult. I wanted to hike back down right away, but I’m glad that I didn’t! Personally, I prefer this trail in Spring season. I finished the hike (both times) in 4 hours or so.

Very challenging and just outstanding!!!

Breath-taking views, the dissent is pleasant, however the return up is pretty strenuous.

My cousin and I made it to the summit in 1.5 hours and ran back down in 45 minuets. Idk how long the trail really is but it took us a total of 2h15m to hike out and back. Many people did it in 5h or so. It all depends on your fitness level and how much pain you want to endure. You can shock yourself with every new hike if you’re willing to push yourself past what you thought was possible :)

Beautiful 360 views the whole hike. Only saw 2 other people the entire time. Highly recommended.

Beautiful, loved having the mountains surrounding!

walking
2 days ago

Guided tour through the canyon. Amazing views, worth every dollar.

Amazing views. Start early (6am) in August and bring water.

hiking
2 days ago

Magic!

Best ever hike. We almost turned back when reaching one of the waterfall, but at the end we made it :-) (with 8 & 10 years old).

Lovely hike that's not too strenuous and not too easy. As usual the heat is a major factor.

We intended to do the loop clockwise but took a turn right and did it anticlockwise. Probably best to follow the trail on phone.

We didn't see or meet anyone until the very end. Great views.

Did this one in August 2015. Brutally hot weather, but otherwise great hiking conditions.

The hike up to "base camp" was spectacular - beautifully maintained trails, pleasant elevation gain, and uninterrupted views of the canyon. I would recommend that first leg of the hike to most anybody.

The actual Angel's Landing climb is a completely different beast. Between the heat, the treacherous drop-offs, and the altitude, it was an intense hour or so. The view from the point, though, is fantastic - panoramic views of the canyon and its technicolored rock walls complimented by a dozen or so California Condors circling overhead.

A very memorable experience, and a worthy member of the hiker's hall of fame.

We decided on this hike when we found out that Angels Landing was closed. Started early, (August 12 2018 with a predicted high of 95F) and glad we did. This has to be one of the most beautiful hikes we have done and for someone of my advanced age it was definitely a challenge. Coming down was not so easy either. Beauty at every turn though

Is this open yet? I am surprised to see comments from people even this week

Great hike!!! If you want to challenge yourself further, go down to Skeleton Point and back, it should take an extra 2 hours.

This is an excellent trail. Moderate is the right grading as the start is reasonably energetic but by no means strenuous in our view. We are a family, reasonably fit but nothing exceptional with 15 and 12 year old boys. The views are fantastic, the photo opportunities along the way plentiful and incredible. There is a lovely canyon portion in the middle which is shaded. The top section is easy going until observation point which is a good place to take in the elevated view and replenish reserves for the trip down. We started at 08:15, took many photos on the way up and stayed at the top for 20 minutes or so. We were back at the start by 12:15. We did not rush at any point.

Mentally tough but rewarding hike.

So much fun for both young and old! If you don’t want to of can do the whole hike, start at the VC and work your way back to the third waterfall. From there you can determine if you want to go a little further. VC has a detailed map.

This hike is a slice of heaven. To us it was a combination of several different hikes we have been on together. My husband an I are pretty fit, my husband far more than myself(he could leave me in the dust) and we made it up to Observation point in 2 hours. That’s including several photo op stops and stops to take in the scenery. We absolutely enjoyed the scenery and views on the way up far more as opposed to the actual observation point. It was sort of anticlimactic for us. We made it down in about 1.5hrs, the inclines are pretty intense going up which makes for a pretty crazy decline on the way down. We chose to wear our running shoes but I suggest hiking shoes or boots with better absorption for the decline, my knees definitely felt the impact on the way down. I do suggest starting as early as you can, watching the sun shift throughout the trail and light up the rocks was stunning and not to mention we were primarily in shade for most of the hike. We started at 0800. And the crowds were far less earlier than what we saw coming down at 11am. Fair warning, there is no warm up to the incline, you just get thrown right into the huffin and puffin. Enjoy!

Hard hike but worth every minute!

7 days ago

i love this hike. not for non hikers.

spectacular
we did it with our 4 year old
she loved it
bring enough photo memory

AMAZING hike! We started at the North Kaibab trailhead around 3:45am and arrived at Phantom Ranch just before 10am. Stayed two nights in the dorms at Phantom and then hiked up Bright Angel at 3am to avoid the August heat in the sun and arrived at the South Rim just before 11am. Plenty of water sources along the way, but they’re unpredictable, so check with the rangers on which sources are running before you leave!

Amazing!

Initially, I was looking forward to hiking “Angels Landing” or “Narrows” trails at Zion Canyon, but both were closed. Angels is closed indefinitely and Narrows closed due to flooding.

My hiking bestie and I decided to hike to “Observation Point.” We hopped in our car and left Las Vegas at 7:45am PST. We soon realized we lost an hour due to the time change into MST. We arrived in Zion at 11:30am (stopped once for a restroom break). The hike to Observation Point starts at “Weeping Rock Trailhead.” There’s a mandatory $35 entrance fee to get into the park - but it’s good for 7 days. Just a heads up, you can purchase an annual pass for $50. Parking at the trailhead is very limited so you’ll be more than likely be forced to park in town (the closest parking lot to the Zion Canyon shuttle (green shuttle) pick up will cost you $30). If you decide to park further away, it will only cost you $20 but you’ll have to take the town shuttle (brown shuttle) first before taking the Zion Canyon shuttle. Rather than waiting for two shuttles, we opted to pay the extra $10 and wait for the Zion Canyon shuttle. To avoid the crowds and waiting in an excruciatingly long line for the shuttle, I recommend getting there early as possible since we waited about half an hour for the shuttle. Be prepared to wait in the scorching hot sun - it felt like waiting in line for a ride at Disneyland. Not fun at all. The shuttles are not air conditioned and they pack as many people on as they can. So you may be one of the unlucky ones sans a seat.

Once you’re on the shuttle, it’s about a 20 minute ride to the 7th stop to Weeping Rock Trailhead. From there, you immediately begin the grueling hike as it doesn’t waste any time gaining elevation zigzag-ing up the east side of the Zion Canyon. It was almost 1pm by the time we actually started the hike. We made it to the top in roughly an hour 45 minutes. Round trip, it took us about just over 3 hours. I consider us to be above average fitness levels. I’m sure my hiking partner could have made it to the top sooner but I definitely had to take a few water breaks because it was so hot - 100 degrees!

The trail is definitely “strenuous but worth it” as described online. Just before getting top, it does level out a bit. With that said, be prepared for a rather steady elevation gain for most of the hike. I recommend bringing at least 3 liters of water, pack some light snacks, change of clothes, sunglasses and sun block.

The view at “observation point” is absolutely stunning - photos and videos do no justice whatsoever. It’s nice to finally be able to check Zion Canyon off my bucket list. So worth it! From the towering red rock, to the lush greenery, formidable landscape and to the breath taking views at the top, the observation point trail at Zion Canyon is an unforgettable and epic experience. Highly recommended!

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

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.

Gorgeous views and a nice cardio if pick up your pace. There are a lot of mules that pass through here, so the steps are sunken in and there is poo every now & again.
There's no way I'd recommend this trail during peak season or a weekend - too many people would make for an annoying hike.

hiking
9 days ago

I don't really consider this a "hike", but rather more of a walk down stairs, into a canyon that offers you some of the most memorable views in your life. In fact, the only way to enter the canyon is through a tour. If you are a nature lover of any kind, this is a must-do.
As the information above shows, you are not allowed to enter this canyon without a Navajo guide and a permit. Permits are cheap (under $10), and then the price of the tour. It's a large parking lot, so unless you're there in peak season on a weekend, you'll not have too hard a time parking.
The tours are grouped of maybe 20-25 people at a time, with a Navajo guide who offers you details about the canyon and the surrounding land along the way.
Again, you are not allowed to just part and walk down into the canyon. This is for your own safely because if you are in the canyon when it rains, you will drown. Sounds dramatic, but it's true. The guides let you know that only 1 inch of rain above-ground will flood this 80 ft deep canyon. So, heed the warning to never sneak in. Plus, it's about respect. This is tribal land that we're privileged to walk on. So, don't grumble about the fee or that you can't wander around alone. The guides will give you ample opportunities to stop and take pictures.
For those who aren't into hiking, are disabled, or don't exercise regularly, the only way down, into the canyon is by climbing down narrow, grated stair cases.
Fair warning, too, about the amount of tourists here. LIterally busloads. I've been twice, once in October, where there was minimal wait time (maybe 10 min max). The second time I went, I visited in mid-July, around 10am. The wait to get into the canyon lasted 45+ min as you stand outside in direct sunlight. There were hundreds of people standing, waiting for their tour group to enter down into the canyon. And because you're standing in direct sun, there were a few people in line when I was there who fainted. No joke. So if you're not acclimated to desert heat and don't have 2+ bottles of water, DO NOT GO IN THE SUMMER.
Otherwise, this will be one of the most beautiful things you ever see.

hiking
10 days ago

It's my first time to climb a sand dune. I didn't imagine it's so hard to hike on the sand dune. It's really hard but funny. The only problem is sometimes the wind is so strong that you cannot even open your eyes. I think it's better to wear a long sleeved clothes. I didn't wear it and I felt pain when the sands beat me. There will not be many people climbing to the top of the dune, so I felt proud for my success.

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