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We did this in place of Angel's Landing as that trail is currently closed. We are active fit-ish 30-somethings and it took us 1.5 hours to ascend and surprisingly, 1.5 hours to descend because of the volume of hikers coming up at around 11am. I'm not sure how this is labeled as a moderate trail as this was fairly difficult due to the constant incline. The trail is not technical and like others have said, leave early so you take advantage of the canyon's shadows on the way up.

Awesome trail, must wear proper waterproof hiking shoes.

The water is not too cold in August, and make sure you have proper gears.

Beautiful and challenging hike, well worth at the end.

relatively easy and fantastic vistas. vertical 1000 foot cliffs surround this paved trail which parallels the highly vegetated creek/ river. take a pair of water shoes and a walking stick to finish the last third which goes along and thru the narrows.

Did this 9/18. Took 3 of us 1:15 to get up and about an hour down. The switchbacks to start are a butt kicker, a nice break in the middle followed by another tough section finishing with a 3/4 mile or so rim trail with amazing views. We started at 7:30 and trail was not busy. Had a nice time at top for 45 minutes before heading down. There were A LOT of people heading up on our way down (as in several hundred). Trail is mostly smooth so the difficulty is purely the steepness of the trail. It is work with a lot of sun exposure on upper half. Great views on top and many good views along the way.

My favorite hike on a recent trip to Zion, Bryce, and the North Rim. Was on the 3rd bus and not too much of a crowd. Encountered a handful of people on their way down during the 2nd half of the hike. First 1.25 is a fairly steep climb on pavement. Trail levels off for most of the next 1/2 mile before climbing again. Most of trail on rock/concrete. Mid section and end with stretches of sand. Gets pretty narrow in spots but felt comfortable running down portions of the trail. Gets pretty narrow in some spots but nothing needing hand rails like Angels Landing has. On the way down the first half of the hike was the in the sun and second half was in the shade. On September 16th it was pretty warm in the sun so felt for those who got a later start. View from the top is absolutely worth work to get there.

This hike is awesome! There is a fairly extreme element of danger due to the huge drop offs on either side of the trail, but it makes for a very exciting hike with great views at the end! This trail is extremely crowded especially once you reach the top and the chains.

this is my favorite hike in Zion. Even better than Angel' s Landing. The views are breathtaking and the hike itself is beautiful!

Don't go in when it is raining! I is very wet and cold in the canyon (not to mention the danger of flooding!) I did get some mild hypothermia doing this hike on a rainy day in September. The trail is also 10 miles round trip not 2. I would totally do it again though because the canyon is amazing!

I suppose because we had just hiked the extremely quite North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Capital Reef National Park the days before, I was really taken aback by the Disney like feel of this hike. Don't get me wrong, it was stunning but I absolutely enjoyed it 100 percent more when we climbed down to the river and walked along there. It's obvious who is walking the Narrows because they rush down the paved path barely enjoying the Riverside walk and honestly, some people were just flat out rude. Also, get to the parking early in the park. We arrived at 8am and it was getting already tight.

An amazing hike. Spend the money and get the boots, neoprene socks and a hiking stick. We had two sticks each and they were very much used. Enjoy!

AMAZING! If you don’t like crowds then just get there early, first shuttle leaves at 6am (headlamp recommended). We had a great hike up and only a few people at top. The views are breathtaking. Trekking poles recommended for rocks and steep grade. Made it up in 2 and down in 1.7 hours!

Loved it! The canyon was beautiful!

Wife and I loved it! If you don’t hike much it can be a bit strenuous, but I still tend to recommend this one to anyone (beginners included). The ending makes it all worth it!

a great accomplishment and great workout

Would be a 5-star trail if it wasn’t so overcrowded. Once up top you have to wait 5-10 minutes just to catch a glimpse of the canyon because of all the glamour and selfie photography. Really is breathtaking though. The hike up is long and hard . Don’t underestimate the hike down as it’s steep and never seems to stop!

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Totally worth the extra leg work to get there. (Meaning permit and drive). Being a solo I lucked out and walked up to the Wilderness desk and got a permit for following day. I’ve got good luck!

The trail was what I’d consider moderate and only so bc of the trail navigation skills required. I found it to be beautiful and peaceful. It’s hard not to feel special connection with so few people out there.

The potholes were Fantastic! The morning was perfect weather and by noon when I finished- the sun hit the incline part of the trail. That’s was great motivation to finish that last mile quickly.

This hike is awesome but IMO it’s not moderate it’s actually about 4.2 miles one way and your almost doing 3,000 feet of elevation gain. It’s strange this is rated moderate when angles landing is rated hard. The only thing I can think of is that’s due to Angles Landing’s chain section that is not really for kids or people afraid of cliffs. Anyway the view up top is amazing and if your going for sunset watch the time so you don’t miss the last bus (10pm) and of course bring a headlight as I had to guide another group down as they had no light.

This is a rough hike, but absolutely worth it. Make sure you're there as early as possible, and bring lots of water. the switchbacks are harsh climbing, so trekking poles are a good idea. The views from the top are unbeatable, however. It will take you a good 5 hours or so, 6 if you take it slow and easy.

Beautiful reward but the hike is hard. It took us about 5 hours round trip. The first switchbacks are easier than the second which are very steep. The last half mile is flat, but it’s all sand so still not the easiest.

A long steep trek up the canyon wall, but the views get better at every turn. There is a slight respite while going through Echo Canyon. The walls close in around you and the sandstone formations are beautiful. After Echo Canyon it’s back to the climb and increased exposure but nothing too bad. A short walk along the plateau and you arrive at the best views of Zion Canyon as you look down on Angels Landing. The long descent can be tough on the legs but worth the effort

Hiked in early September out to Big Spring. DCF was 35 and ambient temperature low of 60 and high of 85. Water got thigh high in one location about half a mile from Big Spring. Conditions were great and the rented shoes, socks and pole were appreciated. Started at day break and had the trail mostly to ourselves after Orderville Canyon. A must do if in Zion NP. You will be wet and tired at the end but awe inspired

Nice walk along the Virgin River that leads to the beginning of the narrows hike. Great views of the canyon floor and towering canyon walls.

Beautiful walk/hike along the Virgin river to the beginning of the Narrows. There is a paved path, and you can also leave the path and hike right next to the river (for most of the route, which we did.). We went early, and during the week, and it was less crowded. Would definitely do this again, and would be prepared with water shoes and walking sticks to hike part of the narrows!

The best hike at Zion! Start early and bring water. 90% of the trail is switchbacks. Took around 4-5hrs (hiking time), but who is counting, just get to the top. Worth every step!

Wow! I hit this puppy early in the morning with some snow sprinkles and I’m glad I left when I did. Boy does it get toasty on the ascent. Easy wide trail, but super steep in sections. Very beautiful views. It also gets CRAZY busy as the day unfolds, which makes you require a bit more patience. After we reached the top, we broke off on another trail for another 2 mi or so. Quite remote & beautiful!!

I have to add that so many people don’t eat the right shoes and they bring little to no water. I personally find that absolutely insane. Do some prep work and don’t put others at risk because you need help.

Great hike !!!

It was very good but gets to be more of the same pretty quickly. The walking stick turned out to be important.

Amazing hike. Make sure you rent boots and a walking pole from Zion Outfitters right outside the park. Best $24 I ever spent

We went in September. It was not too crowded or too cold. Water flow was low. Watch our for the rocks and sometimes the water was waste high but a great hike. You can go for as far as you like and turn around. There is a fork in the trail to the right as you go up. It’s a narrow canyon with little water falls and huge boulders. Worth the detour

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