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Beautiful lake.

Great view of the valley. Tons of switch backs so be ready. Since the floor is made out of stone, it can be pretty rough on your feet.

One of the best hikes you will ever do!
If possible get an permit and stay the night in the canyon.
I have done this hike, top to bottom, in one day 5 or 6 times and each time I swear, “never again”, until the next time I get an opportunity.

You can’t camp at the top so you must shuttle, either a paid shuttle with Zion Adventure Company or another service or drive yourself. If you drive yourself you must go back and get your car. Springdale to the trailhead requires about 2 hours each way and much of that is on slow dirt roads.

The hike is amazing. Some friends from Alaska, not strangers to dramatic scenery, said it was the best hike they have ever done. Plan on at least 10 hours, if you are not in great shape it may take 12-14 hours. You will be wet, about 8-10 miles are in water. Depending on flow and time of year you may have to swim some sections. It is easy to put you head down and march on. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy where you are.

Take trekking poles or a walking stick. You will need it for the many crossings for balance and to feel the bottom for depth and to find solid footing. A stick is stronger and cheaper. I have seen many trekking pole fold in half.

Bring water shoes and neoprene socks. Bring a warm jacket in a dry bag and a change of clothes for when you are done. Even in July it can get cold in this canyon, even worse if you are wet. Don’t skimp on emergency gear. Bring a flashlight, lighter, emergency blanket, and food sufficient to last an extra day. It is easy to break an ankle or suffer an injury that will require an unplanned extended stay.

4 days ago

Steady climb but easy pace and well trafficked. Nice reward at the top.

Icy, but beautiful & worth the effort.

Awesome hike! Beautiful view of the waterfall, if my 9 year old can do it...so can you! Didn’t make the last five minutes of it due to the snow on the hill face, didn’t have the proper shoes. Still got an awesome view of the falls!

4 days ago

This time we didn’t go in the water we just did the riverside and there were so many squirrels ❤️

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Heading: 2 hours, we decided to go through the river jumping over rocks and through the mud vs the traditional route.

Return: ~1.5 hours, on the way back we took back the traditional road and only had to cross the river like 3x.

Weather: there is alot of overhead trees, thus not much exposure to the sun. It gets cold quickly if you go in the mornings. But once you reach the bridge, its pretty exposed and the feeling of the sun rays hitting your numb face is the best feeling ever!

Cargo: not a strenuous hike. Shorts, t shirt and a windbreaker (recommended, again not alot of sun and it gets windy in the mornings). Water proof hiking boots. You will get wet.

Summary: We did the hike with the intention of getting into the watering holes at the base of the bridge however it was extremely cold and probably would have got hypothermia jumping into the water haha. Regardless, the hike is really fun, especially running through the water. Hard to get lost, only really one way to go there and back. On our return, we saw big horned sheep!! I'll probably do this trail again when it gets hot to get in the water. Recommend to all!

5 days ago

Lots of snow and ice on the trail today. (3/11/18) Trekking poles are a must! But I’m pretty uncomfortable on snow/ice... Also, the trail is closed after Inspiration Point (~3miles up) right now. I only made it about 2 miles up.

Don’t let the trailhead fool you! The path gets extremely(!!) steep and slick. Even with crampons it was tough! Saw lots of people attempting it with Converse/Nikes/Keds and slipping or having to just slide down. Many people turning back halfway too. Ice spikes are a must!

Great hike did it yesterday 03-10 about 3 Miles round trip.. beautiful lake the water was just as pristine as u can imagine and waterfall .. the trail is somewhat doable without micro spikes but highly recommend them because a few places were pretty slippery

Amazing weather amazing scenery

Great hike overall! Lost the trail a few times heading out to the bridge but when in doubt stay to the right side of the river and you will find the trail again. You will get your feet wet at the river crossings so be prepared. Suggest trekking polls to help balance on slippery wet rocks while crossing too. Bring plenty of water. We started at 8am and it was a cool 45 degrees, upon the return it was a toasty 77 and sunny! Our entire group of ten, experienced and not so experienced hikers enjoyed the day. Plan on 5-6hrs to complete the which gives you time at the bridge to explore.

This was a great hiking experience! I have done it twice and I am sure to return again.

It is not an easy hike even if there is not much elevation gain. It is after all 10 miles and you are stepping over logs, rocks, crossing streams, etc...some people have written that it is easy and they have done it in less than 4 hrs. which I find hard to believe...it took us about 5 1/2 hrs of hiking plus one hour spent at the bridge and in the pools. We started early with some shade but that only lasted for about 3 of the 10 miles total.

The sights and sounds of this hike are beautiful...no houses, power lines, traffic noise...just the beautiful sound of running water. The water not only sounded great, it looked amazing, felt refreshing, and tasted great. It looked so clean and felt so cool and refreshing that I not only got in the water at the bridge I tasted some of the water on the hike back and lived to tell about it.

Great hike today up to the bridge. Couldn’t ask for better weather

Did this hike a day after completing half dome hike (worth it for the views/my legs hated me). The switch back stair cases seemed to drag on forever and there are a few declines. Be aware that these staircases are pretty brutal for most (lots of people give up). Started early to get views of the sunrise from the top of the waterfall. I want to say it took roughly 2 hours to summit (I ended up going up to Yosemite Point after the sunrise). Great views from the top of the waterfall!

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Incredible. Completed in October and only wore wading boots (they were my Orvis fly fishing boots) and was comfortable. Feet got a little chilly, but warmed up on the walk back to the Grotto station. One of the coolest things I’ve ever done, hands down.

Make sure to wear ice spikes! Can be pretty slippery. Great views and a great hiking workout - uphill madness!

Fun hike, needed my microspikes. Trail was snow packed and ice after the first 600 or so feet. People without traction devices were having lots of problems. Beautiful ice on the falls. Crystal clear water. I will definitely be back in the spring.

Crampons/yak tracks are smart, snowshoes in some places are almost required. Breaking trail this morning had a few slide spots, but was clear and slick by the afternoon! 10/10 would recommend, be prepared and for the love of god don’t wear your vans skate shoes

Difficult yet rewarding. 3.5 mile uphill climb (with a couple spits of downhill) containing the most gorgeous views. Starts near Camp 4, so you get to see all the climbers before you start, and the top has a beautiful view of Yosemite valley to sit in awe at. The return 3.5 miles wasn’t terrible but encouraged me to buy trekking poles for my knees. Hiking this was my favorite day of 2018.

This is always our first stop when we are in town. Great easy hike.

14 days ago

It is an amazing and beautiful hike to Hanging Lake. This trail is heavily trafficked and the parking lot fills up really quickly. They have plenty of areas to rest on your way up and it’s almost all up hill. It can be difficult for anyone not from the area with the high altitude. The way down is easy, up is the only semi difficult part but worth it!!

Most difficult hike I’ve ever done. Holy moly! To date, I’ve completed it three times- each time was different. The summit has the most amazing views on the planet, imho. The crazy little staircase tight next to the falls were reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. As an added bonus, some crazy SOBs were slack lining over the falls.

The summer was by far the most strenuous. I thought I hydrated enough that week and took a CamelBack with water and a water bottle, but it was not enough. The second half of the hike, fully exposed to the sun, I became pretty terribly dehydrated. Took about 3.5 hours to reach the top. In hindsight, I realized that that was the reason I had insane cramps after stopping at the top to rest. I couldn’t straighten my legs. It was pretty bad. My friends drank water from the river, but I didn’t dare because of the what I heard about the parasites that comes from animal urine that ends up in the water.

The two other times I hiked it in the fall and spring, got up to the top in 2.5 hours and felt amazing. The lack of heat and summer sun exposure were the difference.

I HIGHLY recommend trekking poles, especially for the trip back down. They were a lifesaver. I hiked with and then forgot them the second time and the difference was night and day. The gravel is brutal on your feet and knees and the poles really helped soften the impact on the way down. And they helped me when the more decomposed granite made me slip. Happened a bunch of times. If you’re a beginner the poles will come in handy because you can also use your upper body to help you hike up when your legs start to get tired. And they will!

GET GOOD HIKING SHOES AND BREAK THEM IN WELL BEFORE THIS HIKE. One of my friends wore Converses and... let’s say he was in really bad pain by the end.

If you’re doing the hike to lose weight, don’t do what I did and not eat on the way up because you wanted to keep your calories low and calorie burning high. Protein bars and trail mix make a significant difference in improving your performance. Don’t get it twisted, this hike is very physically demanding and mentally, but so worth it!

I’m going back in late-April and can’t wait!

Hope this all helps!


This was a blast.

17 days ago

I did this hike on 2/27, arrived at 8am and the lot was empty. I got to spend a nice 40 minutes or so alone at the top before anyone else showed up.

Trail was snow packed and icy most of the way, especially at the very top. Traction control highly recommended.

I did this hike on a February Tuesday and it wasn’t crowded at all. Even in the winter the hike was wonderful, with some ice on the falls. I just wish I had brought spikes or hiking poles! Places were very slippery.

I enjoyed the hike. the views were beautiful and the sound of nature was a great escape from the city. Warning!!! you will get your feet wet!

Completed this last August. Stunning! Uneven stairs and switchbacks almost the entire way, but, I’ll be doing this again! A beer in the valley at the end never tasted so good!

18 days ago

This is a great hike! Amazing pay off. We hiked it on a Thursday after a snow storm that week. Arrived around noon, parking was no issue. There was minimal traffic on the trail, I’m guessing because of the weather and time of week. Only saw about 10 other people on the trail. There is quite a bit of snow on the trail, some of which is packed down and very iced over in spots so I would bring some sort of crampons, as it was not snow covered enough for snowshoes. What did shock me was how close to the edge the trail brings you at the top of the mountain. While there are good guardrails in place this would be an issue if heights aren’t your thing!! If you’re planning on doing this hike I would plan soon as they are going to begin regulating the amount of traffic this trail sees per day with permits and capacity limits and shuttle transportation.

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