Angels Landing Trail

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Angels Landing Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2073 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

Angels Landing is a strenuous trail in Zion National Park with steep drop-offs and very narrow sections. Start by parking at The Grotto trailhead, or taking the West Rim Shuttle to The Grotto shuttle stop. Begin by crossing a bridge over the Virgin River, the first 2-miles of the West Rim Trail are a well-maintained, paved trail. Most of the path is sunny, but Refrigerator Canyon offers shade and often a cool breeze. The trail takes you up Walter's Wiggles, a set of 21 steep switchbacks that take their name from Walter Ruesch, Zion National Park’s first superintendent. The last half-mile (0.8 km) follows a steep and narrow ridge from Scout Lookout to Angels Landing itself, a fantastic observation point 1500 feet above Zion Canyon. Anchored support chains are attached along some sections of the sheer cliff. Avoid standing near the edge at all times! Do not hike the trail when it is wet, storming, or when high winds are present. If you are afraid of heights this trail is not recommended. This is a good early morning hike to check off your Grand Canyon bucket list. Make sure to allow time to be off the trail by dark if starting late in the day.

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3 hours ago

Beautiful trail. It's a good idea to start early as it does get crowded. It took me 40 minutes to get up to where the chains start and then another 30 to get to the absolute top. The additional 30 would have been shorter but I was there around 10 am and it was already fairly crowded which meant a lot of waiting. However making it all the way to the top was well worth it. This trail is definitely on the hard side due to the steepness. However it is a paved trail so there is no chance of getting lost.

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Went 12/30/2016 when there was snow covering the trail. Crampons were a requirement to keep from sliding down the iced switchbacks. Trekking poles were a nice addition. With the right equipment and good weather it was easily manageable. The view of the park valley from the top is well worth the trek and deserving of its name. One of my favorite hikes. The way up is entirely incline, switchbacks, and some spots with narrow trail and cliff on your side where there is a chain mounted in the rock wall for you to hold on to. Doing it in the snow made the trail seem narrower than it probably is due to how the snow built up. It made it seem like a winter wonderland and stunning how the snow contrasted with the yellows and reds of the rocks. DEFINITELY recommend this trail!

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3 days ago

AMAZING!!!

3 days ago

Was determined to finish this hike and not stop at Scouts Lookout.
Slippery at some spots, just walk slow and keep hold of the chains when available.
The view and quietness at the top was well worth the work.
Bring water and wear the correct footwear. Sneakers worked perfect for me.
Bathrooms at scoutlook out are brutal.

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Love it, came down when it was dark, so I suggest you do it when there is still sun.

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3 days ago

Peur du vide non , mais peur de la foule oui....
La vue au sommet n’est pas à couper le souffle non plus.

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3 days ago

This was a great hike - I loved every part of it - However, if you have any fear of heights then this trail is not for you

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4 days ago

Hiked Angel's landing starting @ the grotto this past March. Absolutely challenging but every step was worth it! One you reach Scout's landing prepare for more of a mental climb. Patience is key! Please don't wear flip flops like some of the others

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