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Best hike I've ever done

hiking
10 hours ago

Nice way to test your mind, have fun!

Fantastic trail, but the last half mile is pretty strenuous and terrifying. The views are worth it if you can persist. By far the most challenging but rewarding hike I’ve ever done. It’s longer than advertised here, more like 5 miles. The first 2 miles are a series of switchbacks that get very steep in places and never seem to end. These stop at Scout’s Landing, where many people turn around after taking in the views. The last half mile is mostly climbing. Proper footwear and plenty of water are essential, and do not bring small children or pets. We are 50 and in decent shape but not used to higher elevations, and it took us 4+ hours round trip, which included plenty of stops and a slow pace thanks to my fear of heights. So glad I did this. But it really is every bit as scary as advertised, so don’t take it lightly.

Did this trail last year in November! Start early as it gets crowded on the chains section! Very strenuous but the most amazing views! Don’t attempt this if you’re scared of heights!

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Easy. Good to do on a day when you wanna do a bunch of stuff. Pretty

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

I did this hike on Thursday, Nov 8. I started around 9 and it took a total of 3 hours. 9 seems like a great time to start as there weren’t that many people around while going up - definitely got crowded while I was coming back, I did a lot of waiting for lines of people to pass as I was descending.

The hike was very fun. Obviously you have to be smart on this trail but there was no point where I felt like I was in danger. Stay on the correct side of the chains and be sure of your footing.

Don’t make the final push to the summit if you’re having second thoughts. Scouts Lookout has a great view as well.

Don’t feed the chipmunks.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this trail the other day. Started the trail at noon and finished right before 3pm. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a crowd perspective, but there seemed to be more people leaving then going up. This is a tough trail that kicked my butt! I did the observation trail in the AM and this one right after, so I was a little more exhausted for this trail than I would have liked to be. Def worth doing at least once!

Go early like I did to avoid major crowds. First shuttle is at 7 a.m. If you consider yourself a hiker you should do this at least once. Not as scary as I was told it's easy to feel safe and stable in my opinion during the part with exposed cliffs and chains to hold on to. Gorgeous views most of the way and the colors were turning with the best view of the hike at the summit. Hope I can go back and do this again sooner then later

hiking
8 days ago

This hike did not disappoint! started at 9 am and finished by 430, but we really really took our time. the weather was gorgeous and our hiking boots and smart wool socks were fine for the hike. perhaps bring an extra pair of socks or get neoprene if youre worried. this time of year the water didnt even touch our ankles. be prepared to climb and navigate
the hike is not too difficult but definitely is technical. also, be prepared to work your butt off when Climbing back out.

one of my favorite hikes ever

hiking
8 days ago

Another wonderful hike in Zion. This was a long day hike. We felt the warnings that came with this hike might have been overkill. “Route finding required” basically just means there isn’t a paved path; there’s multiple paths braiding both sides of the river. Other than the hike in and out of the valley, the hike is not challenging, but it is still a long day.

The subway was rad, and a main reason for visiting Zion. It’s a must do trip if you can get a permit.

I used to look forward to gambling and drinking when I go to Vegas. Now, I look forward to a day trip to Zion to hike Angels Landing and the many other available trails. The views and experience will take your breath away. Not for out-of-shape folks or those who are fearful of heights.

Hiked this yesterday starting at around 3:30pm. Took us about an hour to get to the base before the chains, going pretty fast bc we wanted to reach the top for sunset. This first part is a cemented path. The second part is all rocks with chains to the peak. Chains were really fun going up if you love the adrenaline rush. One of the best hikes I’ve done in a while. And especially beautiful when the sunset makes the entire mountain glow pink. Make sure to bring headlamps!

camping
11 days ago

An amazing hike. The incline is intense and the switchbacks are gnarly, but it’s all worth it for the amazing view.

Our first hike in Zion didn’t disappoint. Incredible views from the top. I can appreciate the descriptions of how exposed it is, but there are lots of chains to help guide you along.

Stellar. Only word to describe it. We did this hike a few days ago. Glad we did it then, it was busy but judging by the cars the weekend would have been jammed... My wife and 11 year old son stayed back after the first pitch of chains. My 14 year old daughters and I went on to the top. They did awesome and it was totally worth it!!

Hiking in the morning was amazing. The fall air was cool still and less people were on the trail first thing in the morning. Totally worth it!

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail! Amazing views! Can be pretty busy. Plan when you go taking in day and time of year into consideration. If you go on a Saturday in July you’re going to be face to butt all day.

hiking
13 days ago

This is the most amazing hike! It gets your heart pounding in more ways than one! The rush of the adrenaline from hanging onto chains while scaling sheer cliff faces and catwalking ridge lines is phenomenal . It is spectacular and 100% worth the effort to get up there. I would do this hike again in a heartbeat! Add it to your hiking bucket list and then go cross it off as soon as you can!

hiking
13 days ago

Absolutely worth it.
Weather is perfect for shorts and light undershirt.
Amazing panoramic views.
Don’t feed the chipmunks.

awesome. only took us 1hr 15 min up. plan for 2 up. it will challenge anyone with it's high views and exposed drops. not dangerous though. would be a pain with too many people. a must if your in the park

Could not be more beautiful. The hardest part on the body is the switchbacks. The hardest part on the mind is when chains begin.

Best hike I have ever done and great views.
made it to the chain part in 60 mins. tried to climb up the chain part but footing was very slippery.
The hike down was fast only 45 mins.
recommend not hiking up at a quick pace...take your time at the end of each switch back.

I read that the rock fall was in the chains section. My question is can you hike up until this section and stop? Love this part of the trail and will be there November 19! I assume you can at least get to the trail split to observation point but I would like to continue to the right direction before the “chains.”

Strenous, but worth it for the view.

Such a fun trail!! Well graded, great views, lots of interesting rocks and a variety of vegetation.

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