What a wonderful hike! If you want another
fantastic view of
one of the most beautiful places on earth, Angels Landing in
The Angels Landing hike is a 5 mile round trip hike considered strenuous, but most of all it is mentally taxing. From Scouts Lookout to the top of Angels Landing is precarious at the least. The trail transverses a thin geological fin with drop offs to each side of 800 – 1200 feet. This is not a place for those with a fear of heights or who suffer with vertigo.
The day started early with a great breakfast at
place of local fare in the small town Springdale located just outside
south entrance to Zion. Afterwards, we
a local shuttle to the park entrance and headed into the park to catch
the shuttle buses that bring you into
Our stop for the trailhead for the Angels
Landing hike is The
Grotto. After crossing a short bridge
over the Virgin River we head up the sandy West Rim trail
As you exit
Just above Walter’s Wiggles is Scout Lookout. There are steep drop-offs here and is a popular place to rest either on the way to Angels Landing or as a destination. The views from Scout Lookout are impressive in their own right. It is also where the trail splits. The West Rim Trail continues on and the trail climbing skyward to Angels Landing begins. Take time to rest, eat a snack, have a drink, take some pictures and watch the squirrels beg for food. They are unrelenting little critters! You can also listen to the stories from other hikers coming back from Angels Landing - both from those who made it and from those who changed their mind and turned around.
This is also the place to decide if you are
really up to
hike the last half mile to Angels Landing. Again, heed the warnings
here on is no place for the timid, those with a fear of heights or even
little vertigo. The trail is VERY narrow with long falls to each side.
there are chains, hand holds, and footholds, you need to be confident
balance and surefootedness. If you think you are physically up for it,
your fears and go ahead. It’s worth the trip!
From here you begin the trek across the saddle and up the climb to the summit of Angels Landing. There are rock formations that work like stair steps, short scrambles up tree limbs and some sections where the trail is only as wide as your two feet.
other hikers takes some planning and care. The climb to the summit is
precarious but not really difficult. Again, slow and steady is the way
Once you reach the top, it all becomes worthwhile. The views of
Angels Landing was so named because it is so massive and narrow that only angels might land on it. Being in no hurry to go anywhere, we stayed at the top for quite a while and soaked in the beauty. What a wonderful, peaceful place. We took some pictures, ate our lunch with another couple that we met along the way, took more pictures - you get the idea. Although we tried, I don’t think pictures express the feeling of being on top of Angels Landing.
The trip down and across the saddle back to Scout Lookout is again thrilling. Looking downward as you hike is different than climbing up. After a quick stop and a last look around at Scout Lookout, we headed back down to the river. Chatting about the exciting trip, the trail and the views made the hike down easy and seemingly quick.