Advanced Hike at Zions: Angel’s Landing
Where to Start:
Angel’s Landing is a 5-mile round-trip hike that begins at the Grotto Trailhead, right across from the Grotto picnic area.
What You’ll See:
The trail starts out relatively flat and level until you enter scenic Refrigerator Canyon named after the cool and breezy walkway created by shade. Once in the canyon, you’ll walk up a series of switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles that take you out of the canyon onto Scout’s Lookout, a ridge that goes along the Saddle. This is where the difficult stretch begins. After crossing the Saddle, you will encounter Hogsback – an incredibly steep and narrow climb (chains are bolted into the mountain for safety and assistance – you WILL need them). It is after finishing this treacherous stretch of trail that you are rewarded with the best view of Zions – Angel’s Landing. Once there, you can sit under the shade of hardy trees, take pictures, and just relax – you’ve earned it! You’ve just climbed roughly 1,400 feet in elevation in only 2.5 miles.
This hike is best for experienced hikers who can handle heights with no problem of vertigo. Avoid hiking during the winter as ice will make the way too dangerous and slick. Also avoid summer afternoons (though mornings are mild enough). Hikers are not permitted to hike during lightning storms, so watch the weather forecast.
Drinking fountains and restrooms are available at the Grotto, located at the base of the trail. Bring snacks and drinks (you’ll need them), but make sure you can pack them in a backpack as you’ll need your hands free once your get to Hogsback.
People come from all over the world to see Zion National Park. Angel’s Landing is just one of the many reasons why. So dust off your hiking shoes and head out for a few training hikes to prepare for the best trail Zions has to offer. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll quickly see how this spot earned its name.
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