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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.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 3,740 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Partially paved River Views Wild flowers No dogs
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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). Also hikers report that Angels Landing may be closed due to COVID-19 as of June 2020.

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Veronica Arias
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Hi! I’m in need of shuttle tickets for 9/21&9/22. Please email if you have any tickets you could sell me! V.arias@me.com Thank you!

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Liam Caulfield
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Looking for two shuttle tickets 9/19 for anytime. Would be greatly appreciated! 6512954495

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Erika Oliver
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Looking for shuttle passes 9/21-9/23 for 2 people. Email erikaoliver1193@gmail.com please!

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Jojo User
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Looking for shuttle passes on 9/23-9/25 please email bawnysmom@gmail.com.

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Skye M
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Did most of this hike but had to turn around because of fear of heights. Gorgeous! Encountered few people except on our way up. Note to people taking pics: MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!! I don’t care if you’re a famous instagrammer, get out of the trail and make room for people especially those working hard on the uphills. This is getting ridiculous.

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Kate Elizabeth
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Such an epic hike! Incredible views up to Angel’s Landing, and they keep getting better on the West Rim. Telephone Canyon was super overgrown and pretty uninspiring after 10 miles of insane views, but it doesn’t take that long to get through. Found the hike up to be pretty moderate. The switchbacks up to Angel’s Landing (Willie’s Wiggles!) are steep but manageable, and the switchbacks up to the rim are long enough to not be terribly difficult. The trek down was murder on my feet with all the rocks and pavement, but that’s unavoidable. I snagged the first shuttle and started the hike at around 6:30AM. Finished up just in time for a 2:30PM shuttle back. I clocked this at closer to 18 miles. Went through 3 liters of water and a liter of Gatorade - it’ll start out chilly and shaded but get hot and sunny once you hit the rim. There is a spring up at the top of the rim, but not sure if you need to treat the water.

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Nicolai feldman
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this hike had the best views i have ever seen! not an extremely hard hike up, but once you get to the top, it plateau’s and the loop is just beautiful scenery in every direction. definitely will be doing it again and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a semi challenging hike with incredible views. i clocked 18 miles but thats because we explored around a bit more. total is def about 15 miles

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Ashey Ann
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Don't stop at Scouts landing! From the trolley stop Scouts landing is an hour for a decent hike (go early). then head to the West Rim Trail and go as far as you are comfortable, remember when your water is half empty to turn around. Spectacular views of the canyons to the northwest and wonderful change of rocks and fauna. the bees and flies got to us towards the final switchbacks up so we didn't go farther, but what we did was beautiful and if you slow down as you head back you can get a great picture of Walter's wiggles from the west looking down. Full sun for three of the returning 6 miles so be prepared for it. so worth the effort!

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Jay Laiche
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Steep climb to Scouts Lookout, but if you’re in shape it should only take you about 30-40 minutes. From Scouts Lookout I continued on the West Rim trail to West Rim Spring. This is also quite a bit of climbing. If you follow the signs to the spring once you are at the top, there is a little path you can follow and get some amazing views of the canyon. After reading reviews here, I skipped telephonic canyon and headed back. I totaled about 12 miles starting from The Grotto and back. I definitely recommend going to West Rim Spring after Scouts Lookout if you’re in good shape and want a Ionger, more interesting hike than just Scouts Lookout.

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Jimmy M
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Up to the chain section i would rate this hike easy to moderate. Chains were closed due to covid. Nice views easy trail all paved switch backs for elevation gain.

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Laura LaLone
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We hiked this on July 24th when our original hike we had planned for was closed. Beautiful hike. Strenuous. When you get to the really short fast switchbacks in the trail you are almost there! (After the Canyon with the owls). The chains part of the trail that actually goes over the crest at the top is out, but if you follow the rim trail instead you get the same view. Better for us since I had 2 kids with me and am pregnant. There is a bathroom at the top. And there was a guide staffed there when we were there who answered our questions about condors. Great hike - very worth the pay out of making it to the top. BRING WATER!

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Kalyn Disler
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Didn't make it to telephone loop, stopped shortly after scouts outlook. Amazing views and outlooks the entire way. not to mention... you'll definitely get a good workout! lol

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Patrick Dacy
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4 for now since Angel’s landing is closed and that Telephone Canyon doesn’t add much value. The hike up and around the rim was awesome though. I would suggest avoiding the upper loop of the trail and make it an out and back on the rim trail. Telephone Canyon trail is overgrown and not much to look at, the different ecosystem is neat though. Definitely do not bother with the spring at the fork, at least in July, nothing there.

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Mike Steinkraus
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This entire trail is extremely difficult for inexperienced hikers. Angel’s Landing is just the beginning. The rest of the trail took several hours, many of which with no shade. When you reach the top of the plateau, you are greeted with overgrown trails. I am out of shape, so I literally drank 2 liters of water by the time I reached the beginning of the loop. Being stubborn, I decided to continue and do the entire trail with about 1/8th liters of water. The way back I ran out of water like an idiot. 6 miles with no water. I would not do this trail again unless I had over a gallon or more. Sub par sights on the East part of the loop (telephone), decent views on the west and north parts of the loop. Again, bring lots of water and turn around once you are half empty. Please don’t be an idiot like me. Would recommend going during cooler seasons, the heat added another layer of difficulty and dehydration. 4 stars because the telephone/East side trail was thick and overgrown.

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Ryan Ngo
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Went to the top may 2019. Unfortunately angels landing was closed (as always). This is my second time. Also no dogs! Bring a sunscreen.

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Erika Purcell
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Corey F
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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.

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ocr treewalker
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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.

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

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Natalie Robite
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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.

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

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Dallin Jolley
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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.

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Sussan Arevalo
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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.

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Taylor Nelson
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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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