Angels Landing, West Rim, Telephone Loop

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Zion National Park

Angels Landing, West Rim, Telephone Loop is a 14.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 14.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,740 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Please note: They are limiting the amount of cars that can drive in to Zion Lodge and the road is blocked, you have to wait until cars come out then you can drive in. You can walk to Zion Lodge (3 miles).

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bugs
no shade
over grown
39 minutes ago

It’s hard for me to trash a trail. I gave it a 4...but this could’ve easily been a 3. First issue: Distance is inaccurate. Clocked 17.5 and I did the entire loop. Second: Following the West rim leads to some badass views! You’re exposed to the sun the entire time though! Be prepared Third: I wouldn’t recommend continuing too far into the west rim trail after you reach the top of the Mesa. Telephone Canyon is simply NOT worth the effort. And apparently most people know this..,the trail is really overgrown in many many spots.

1 day ago

INACURATE. I'm giving this 2 stars only for the fact that this description is entirely misleading. 3 of us with Garmin devices clocked 14mi just from the beginning of this trail to the split of Telephonic and West Rim, at the Spring and back. There is no way we would have been any less than 18 miles had we done the telephonic/WR loop at the top. The views from the spring were great, but for the energy expenditure your best bet is to follow other recommendations, and stop at Walter wiggles. If you can manage the difficult trail with long stretches of direct sun, it's an excellent calorie burn and a great experience. If your time at Zion is limited, cut this short and fit in other things.

hiking
4 days ago

1. At the entrance past visitors center but before Zion Lodge there was a ranger, and road to Zion Lodge was closed. So we saw everyone parking and walking in. We assumed it was closed off to all traffic. Well to drive in you have to wait until cars come out then you can drive in. Unfortunately we walked to Zion Lodge 3 miles (1hr). 2. Hiked up to the point where it splits to Rim Road and Angels landing (closed) and there are restrooms, and the hike continues on as I saw people do this hike recorded here to Cabin Spring in 4.5 hrs. Well... 3. It’s Very strenuous, hard on your feet and ankles, and there is a drizzle of water at the very top in Cabin spring. Total hiked 13 miles, about 3000ft elevation, took 3 hrs to get there, and 3 hours back. The view is great but not WoooooooooWw. I think we were more drained out than anything. 4. I believe MOST people’s reviews are only up to the first scenic view which is after WALTERS WIGGLES. So... that’s definitely a smaller better hike. 5. I had a different image in mind from the top of cabin spring (google it). It was mostly covered with trees. This is where you can loop around and choose telephonic trail, cabin springs, or W rim trail. 6. I would’ve just stopped at the first place everyone stops where it leads to the closed Angels landing trail. That view was the prettiest. At least I can say I’ve hiked it, total of 7-8 hours. Wow.

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rocky
5 days ago

Walter’s wiggles, and other switchbacks are worth it when you see the view. Not too heavily trafficked after Angels Landing.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome trail! The roads were closed, it was pretty packed so we had to walk a ways to get to the trail head but very worth it! A lot of very steep switchbacks, but it’s paved majority of the way and great scenic route. Beautiful lookout points throughout! Careful coming down the steep hills also. Wear comfy hiking shoes, stretch your calves and bring enough water.

hiking
7 days ago

Possibly the hike of my life. Exhilarating, awe-inspiring, terrifying, and majestic. Not too difficult exertion-wise but mentally....definitely a challenge.

Challenging hike but amazing views. I started early and didn’t see a single person until 9 miles in when I was starting the head back around the other side of the loop. Loved it.

hiking
8 days ago

Would recommend! Very steep but worth the effort. If your looking for something to take you out of your comfort zone, this is the hike for you.

Beautiful, beautiful trails. Highly recommend showing up early enough to avoid the crowds. Don’t expect anyone to social distance: they aren’t.

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rocky
9 days ago

Spectacular views with different landscapes, bring sunscreen water and bug repellant there are ticks in some portions

hiking
10 days ago

Spectacular

hiking
11 days ago

My favorite trail in Zion. Do the entire thing - the views on the back end are incredible and show an entire different view of the park you probably haven’t seen!

Angels landing is closed but can still take the trail up to where the chains start.

hiking
13 days ago

Best hike at Zion.

19 days ago

This is the hardest and most dangerous hike I have ever done. Yet, the views are so beautiful. The first portion to Scout's Landing is very uphill but you can still get good views from the top. This is a good place to stop if you are not an experienced hiker. Only experienced hikers with good shoes should continue on past this point. The rest of the trail requires holding onto a chain with cliff at your side. It is really hard to go around people coming the opposite direction. Keep that in mind. Only go past Scout's Landing if you are not afraid of heights.

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25 days ago

The best hiking trail I have ever been on. Very strenuous, bring lot of water! If you are afraid of heights, stay home. Overall a exhilarating hike that creates everlasting memories.

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30 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Unbelievably beautiful and exciting trail.

1 month ago

I wouldn't recommend doing this trail before mid April, otherwise you are basically winter backpacking. Other than that the views are amazing if I go again I wouldn't bother doing the whole loop just to the campsite 6 then back.

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muddy
2 months ago

Lots of snow after the junction, a lot of work but doable. Recommend turning around at camp 2

An absolutely stunning trail, highly recommend. There are portions of the canyons where you get amazing echoes. Beautiful birds all over, particularly at the top. NOTE: some reviews say no snow, some say too much. Here’s the actual scoop: the telephone canyon trail is opposite side of general winter/spring sun, and has almost impassable snow without snowshoes. We made it through but it was a total pain. However from cabin spring up canyon rim, while muddy, the trail was easily visible and traversable.

icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Started the morning going up angels landing and then did the west rim loop for a total mileage of somewhere around 18-19 per strava (did some exploring and some wrong turns) and greater than 5000 ft of vertical ascent. Be aware that the eastern branch of the west rim has extensive snow pack and the ascent to the west rim is extremely icy. Would seriously recommend bringing snowshoes, crampons/microspikes. Currently no working sources of water beyond the grotto parking area; the west rim spring is barely a trickle. Extremely strenuous but incredible views!

Great views! The section with the chains are no joke! Beautiful views

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

Nice hike! The trail up to the rim was very well maintained. The loop was muddy and snow pack on the north side of the rim was 15 to 20 inches deep in some areas. The views off of the northwest side were worth the struggle. I would suggest waterproof boots and microspikes for some of the trail.

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