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Angels Landing Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from February until October.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,630 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

No dogs

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NOTE: As of July 2020, the final chain section up to Angel's Landing is closed due to COVID-19. Tickets for the Zion shuttle are required and must be purchased in advance. See https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/zion-canyon-shuttle-tickets.htm. Angels Landing is a strenuous trail in Zion National Park with steep drop-offs and very narrow sections - it is also the most popular hike in Zion. 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. You are rewarded with an excellent view of the main canyon at the top. 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 bucket list - it will surely be one of you favorite hikes! Make sure to allow time to be off the trail by dark if starting late in the day.

In 1997 the shuttle system was established to eliminate traffic and parking problems & protect vegetation. If you arrive early enough there is parking near the entrance to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive on both sides of the bridge. Updated seasonal shuttle information can be found at the links below: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/shuttle-system.htm http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767-1099 Visitor Information 1-435-772-3256

If you are not afraid of heights, this trail is rather simple in summer, and even winter is somewhat mild in Zion. In early February the temperature can reach 60F in late afternoon. The snow should be melted rather quickly. Hiking boots are a must and additional traction is recommended. There are very few people hiking up in winter. The feeling of having the place all to yourself is the main reason to try this in the winter. Even if you are not afraid of heights, be prepared and act with caution. Hike up will take 1.5-2 hours. Coming down is another 1 hour. There is no water along the road so you will need to bring your own.

Head for Zion National Park in Southern Utah. In high season, take the shuttle from the visitors center and get off near the lodge at the Grotto Trailhead; off season you can drive to the parking area. Updated seasonal shuttle information can be found at the links below: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/shuttle-system.htm http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/hours.htm

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Herman Quijano
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HikingGreat!
Donovan Frost
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Hiking

Paved trailed with some amazing views. The most popular hike besides the Narrows. Nice that most of it is in the shade, Would describe this as moderate if you’re in any decent amount of shape. Chains were closed due to COVID. If you keep going, you can do the West Rim trail.

Rory Taylor
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HikingClosedGreat!Scramble

(not: gps lost signal and didn't log 1.5 miles of my trip ) angels landing last half mile was closed bc of COVID ... BUT my friend and i took the risk and went for it! another group of 4 joined us and I'm so happy I did it. might have been my only chance for the rest of my life! worth the potential fine... sorry not sorry to anyone who shakes their finger at me for not following the rules...

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Leo H.
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HikingRocky

Amazing hike! Definitely has an incline, but the views on top are definitely worth it!

Michael Wilson
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Hiking

Everyone knows that the chain section is now closed and that this is a top rated hike. A couple suggestions. 1. Get there early. We hit the trail around 7 AM and had almost no sun and we’re quite comfortable the entire hike. Amazing for a day that hit 105! Once you get to scouts look out, continue up the west rim Trail for at least .3 miles to get a higher vantage point of Angels Landing and Zion Canyon. Second, if you’re up for it, add Emerald pools Pike when you return to the bottom one way to the lodge. Definitely worth it and a short 1.6 mile add on.

Roger Kraft
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

If you are afraid of heights this may not be the trail for you. Go early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day and middle of the week to avoid the crowds. Great day hike

Tabiatha Zeitler
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HikingGreat!

One of my favorite hikes ever! It’s very rewarding when you get to the top. It’s a technical hike and there were a lot of people when we went which makes for an interesting stop and go in some areas. If you have a fear of heights do not hike this. The beginning is a series of switchbacks that have some serious incline. But it’s cleared of rocks and makes it much easier than if it was the typical rocky terrain. An amazing 360 degree view at the top!

Hannah Spring
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Hiking

Your quads and glutes will be singing on this one! Hiked in June 2020. Angels landing portion beyond Scouts overlook was closed, but the view from Scouts was well worth the switchbacks. Important to note that masked hikers were the minority. Given that the trail is narrow and was crowded, was concerning.

Monica Carroll
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Hiking

Completed on 7/16/20 to Scouts Lookout. We took the 8am shuttle and were fortunate to have shade almost entire trail. Would not recommend this hike in the heat of day or probably after 10AM due to heat/no shade! Steep inclines and lots of switchbacks pay-off with great views. Angels landing section still closed when we went, but that was okay for us. Many people still doing angels landing section despite it being closed. This was a great hike given it wasn’t too long, just be prepared for a steep incline most of the way up which makes for a quick descent!

Will P.
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Sean Carr
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Hiking

A great hike that is steep, crowded, challenging, not for the faint of heart, and provides some of the most spectacular views of Zion. The chain section can be dangerous, watch your footing and hold the chains at all times. Not recommended for young children, elderly, or unfit individuals.

Caitlin O'Halloran
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Hiking

This is hands down the best hike I’ve done yet...doing the Narrows tomorrow. The views are breathtaking. Yes, it’s a bit strenuous toward the top, but very doable if you’re in decent shape. I would not recommend this hike for children under the age of 8 due to the steep drop offs. Go early - it gets crowded. We took the 6am shuttle and crowds were forming as we left.

Carl Elliott
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Hiking

Definitely try and get an early shuttle. We were able to grab tickets for the 8:00.am shuttle the day before at 9!00. Coming into the park at 8 there was still parking in the visitor center. The hike is still worth it even with the chain section closed. I recommend continuing up the west rim trail. You can get as high as Angles landing and look down on it. This hike is steep but it really isn’t that long. If you aren’t in shape it will be hard but it you are good at stairs it isn’t too bad.

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Stephanie Dafnides
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail for hiking. It is rated difficult because of the hike up the trail was rocky in some parts but it was easier going down it. Very awesome relaxing plateau and view when you get to the top. The chain part of the trail was closed due to COVID restrictions in July.

Ana Maia
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Beautiful hike! Stopped at Scout’s Lookout since the Angel Landing chains section is closed due to COVID ($5,000 fine if you go up). Left at 1pm (due to our shuttle ticket time) and it was ridiculously hot. I would recommend leaving early or later. Apparently it gets a little more shady around 4pm. Zion shuttle update: Now during COVID the park is limiting 33 people to a shuttle to allow for social distancing. You cannot drive up with your own car. You can pay for a commercial shuttle from Springdale (approx. $30). Zion shuttle tickets are a must to get to the upper region of the park with hikes like this one and Narrows. Tickets are reserved one month in advance or the day before. You pretty much need to login at 9am MST the day before to get a slot for that day (a one hour time frame starting from 6am to 4pm). Once you get in the shuttle and access the top part of the park (shuttle stops 5 through 9) you can take the shuttles within the park (or return to the visitor center) at any time with the same ticket (a QR code on your phone). We couldn’t find this info anywhere. Last shuttle leaves stop 9 (Narrows) at 8:15pm.

Philip Taft-Dick
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Hiking

Such a rad hike! Do it in the morning while it’s temperate and better lighting for pictures with your loved ones!

Tyler Holbrooks
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Hiking

Angels Landing minus the chains since they are still closed. Walked up West Rim about 0.2 of a mile to another overlook.

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Joe Barrett
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ClosedGreat!

Just completed the hike to Scouts Lookout (Angel's Landing was closed due to Covid-19) on July 23rd 2020. Beautiful scenery and views the entire time. Walter's Wiggles will leave you winded for sure. Bring plenty of water.

Nathan M. Lundgren
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I like a hike that makes me use my hands. This is one of my favorite hikes of all time, completed in 2013 and 2017. It does get congested, especially at several bottleneck points. Don’t skimp on water; you’ll drink it all.

Nicholas Michael
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Hiking

Fantastic. The last .5 mi (chains section) is closed as many of you know. However, it is still very worth the climb. Scouts lookout is spectacular as well as the entire climb. We continued on west rim for a little. You can do as much of west rim as you wish if you’re looking for an even longer hike. We did it at 2:00 in the heat. My wife had back surgery 2 months ago- a microdisectomy on a lower disc in her L5. She rocked this hike. #proud husband

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Tri Nguyen
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Rob Kight
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Hiking

Fantastic! Due to COVID, the last half mile with the chain piece was closed. Plenty of great stuff to see without that at Scouts point. Went a little farther up beyond that too. Spectacular! Definitely go early in the morning if it is summer time!

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Janette Salas
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I did this back in 2017. To this day it’s my favorite hike of all times! Those switchbacks, boy let me tell you. That was prob the hardest for me, after that is was fine!

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