Angel's Landing

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Angel's Landing
Angel's Landing is one of Zion's most spectular scenic outlooks; it can be reached only by a very demanding hike on the West Rim Trail.
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Taylors, SC27 contributions
Jun 2021
This is such a beautiful hike with kids (ours are ages 10 - 15). We arrived at 7:15 am and the park was already full - had to park outside for $40. Don't forget your masks to ride the shuttle! We had 8:00 shuttle tickets and got on right at 8:00. Don't wait in the long line if you have tickets! Head to the right front of the line and you'll get priority. The hike from the Grotto stop up to Scout's Landing was lovely with little spots in the cliffs for the kids to climb in. My husband and two of our kids wanted to try to get to Angel's Landing. After about 30 minutes, they were able to make their way up the very first stretch with chains. They waited..and waited...and waited to be able to go farther, but it was too crowded and nobody was moving. People were standing still across the narrow part with no movement. 45 minutes later, they just made their way back down to Scout's Landing. We think this will need to go to a lottery system. It was so crowded (early Monday morning in June). If one person fell, they would take several people with them.
Written June 7, 2021
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Phoenix, AZ690 contributions
Mar 2020
While planning our trip we knew angels landing was on our list of things to do. We initially wanted to stay in the campgrounds at the park they were all sold out. There are only two standard sites within the park that fill quickly at around 20 USD each. Because we missed out on this we had to rely on parking by the visitor center and using the shuttle. Cars aren’t allowed in by any of the trails so you’ll need to pack your belongings for the day as you board the free shuttles. Despite what many people think, the hike to Angels Landing isn’t as scary as it looks. The trailhead for angels landing is located at “The Grotto” stop 6. This is where a majority of passengers will get out aside from the last stop at the narrows. We suggest using the restrooms and filling up your water at before going up because you will not have another chance to use the restroom until just before the top. From here, the trail has a slow incline through dirt and sand before reaching the pavement. The trail remains paved all the way until the top and gradually becomes steeper and with more switchbacks. We were fortunate that it was overcast the day we went but we can only imagine how difficult this hike can be in warmer months since there is no shade for a vast majority of the hike. The final stretch of about .5 miles is the part that is normally most photographed. This portion consists of very steep drops with narrow walkways which may involve climbing up or down rocks. It is lined with a metal chain linked to posts that can be used by hikers going either way on the trail. Unfortunately due to the recent increase in popularity of the trail this has added some additional risk. It can become very congested in some parts and so it is always best to be extra careful. The park is currently evaluating ways to increase safety which we feel will lead to limiting access likely through a permit system. When we went it began to rain as we reached this final portion. Because of this many people felt the need to just finish the hike since they went that far. We ultimately decided not to because it wasn’t worth the risk with a more slippery trail that is already dangerous enough as it is. Although we really wanted to finish the hike and like capturing moments in the end you should always trust your instincts and do what feels comfortable!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written June 16, 2020
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Hammond, IN144 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
The trail just keeps getting more crazy the farther you go along. It starts off as a relatively flat, sandy trail. The the steep inclines begin. Then the switchbacks begin. THEN, the infamous chain section. This is where it gets really crowded and things start to slow down. There will be times when you have to stop completely to allow those going in the opposite direction to pass. It can be tricky but as long as everyone communicates, things will go smoothly. Also, take your time with the chain section. Most other hikers will have patience and everyone wants everyone else to be safe.

Once you get through all of this, you are rewarded with absolutely breathtaking views. This makes it all worth it. Enjoy the views and have a snack. Then it's time to head back down. Going down is easier than going up. There will be areas where you basically have to sort of crab walk to get down. Again, take your time. Once you get past the chains, you will fly down the switchbacks and inclines.

Overall it took me about 3.5 hours total. But that includes about a half hour at the top taking in the views plus all the time standing around waiting for those going the opposite way to pass.

Angels Landing is an absolute must hike for those in good enough shape to handle it. It will challenge you cardiovascularly even if you're in shape. Also, those with a fear of heights or those who can get claustrophobic may want to skip it, or at least stop before the chain section and head back down. Also, I doubt children would be able to handle the chains as I don't think I saw any on my hike.

Good luck and most of all, enjoy!
Written April 17, 2021
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Kevin P
Waihi Beach, New Zealand405 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
This is the second time I've hiked Angels Landing. The first time was a 5 star experience in 2011. This time it was an overcrowded hellhole.

This awful experience started at the front gate where we had to she'll out $20 for parking in town because even at 8am there was none left in the park. Then we had to wait half an hour to get in, then half an hour for a shuttle bus.

It was nearly 10am by the time we started up, the first hour went well, then it took an additional 2h to go the last 500m along the ridge. 2h FFS!!! It's single file and just too many people and no control.

I used to love America's NPs but this was the first of many that turned into an overcrowded summer of covid hell.
Written February 23, 2022
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3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The new required permit for Angel’s landing is a total rip off. We attended the lottery 3 times and did not get the permit at all. Although we got a negative result, you have to pay $6 every time, so we basically spent $18 for nothing…
Written April 23, 2022
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David B
129 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Great hike with rewarding views! The cables section is currently closed but the hike is still definitely worth it. Great views along the way! Since the cables were closed we went a little further up on the western rim trail and got a few more views overlooking the valley. I would definitely recommend doing this early in the AM when the temperature is cooler and there is less people on the trail.
Written September 20, 2020
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Denver, CO17 contributions
Oct 2020
For those of you like me with mild fear of heights (only in extreme situations, not day to day), I’d definitely recommend hiking to Scouts point and checking out the cables. They were closed earlier this summer but reopened (October 2020). I’m reasonably fit and do weekend day hikes regularly in Colorado. The hike up was scenic, varied, and only moderately strenuous. From Scouts point you still get a great view of the canyon, albeit not the 365 degree view from Angels Landing.
BUT...I don’t like looking over sheer cliffs without a guardrail. I went up the first set of chains and the (false) sense that I could slide off the sandstone to my doom freaked me out. I cautiously inched down and going down backwards was pretty freaky too...I kept a hard grip on the cables. Back at Scouts point I could see others ambling up without a care. I was glad I didn’t Go further then, get in over my head and hold people up. If I ever go again, I think I’d be able to go further and faster with more confidence in my foot grip.
That being said - the people around me were great, I was glad I tried, and it was all worth it.
So if you like hiking, I definitely recommend this iconic hike even if heights aren’t your thing. Wear decent hiking boots and try to get there early (I got to the trailhead at 830 am) to avoid the crowds.
Written October 6, 2020
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The Luxury Lowdown Blog
Los Angeles, CA118 contributions
Dec 2020
One of the most amazing and scary hikes of my life. Been to Zion a bunch of times in the summer, but never in the winter. this was our first time hiking Angels Landing and it was amazing. The shuttles were running at the time so we didn't get to start as early as we wanted to. Got to the trailhead abound 10:00 a.m. and finished back down around 4:00 p.m. We did stop and take a lot of pictures, but since it's winter and the ground is covered in snow, you can expect everyone will be taking it slower. Especially, once you get to the chains part. There are some sections where you will have to go one-by-one or wait for other people to pass you first.

If you are afraid of heights or COVID, this trail is probably not for you. You can make to Scout's Landing with no problem, but after that, the trail gets really tight and you will be VERY close to other people. Most people have masks on, but a lot of people don't either. If you are interested in more details, I wrote a whole blog post on Angels Landing on my website at The Luxury Lowdown. Otherwise, my main advice if you're going to do this in winter is CRAMPONS! We didn't have any and just had regular hiking boots. We made it through, but did slip and fall a couple of times. Save yourself the heart attack and just get the crampons. If you're already there, someone said they sell some at the bookstore at the Visitor's Center.
Written February 10, 2021
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Pennsylvania271 contributions
Sep 2020
Definitely a challenge. Start early in the morning to avoid as much heat as you can, if possible. I believe this one is 1,000 ft incline over 2 miles, and it feels like it. The path itself isn't difficult (smooth), but the incline is rough. Our group had to stop many times (take your time!!) and not everyone made it to the top. The views at the top are great, but so are the ones along the way. Don't feel bad if you have to stop... and remember to pack plenty of water!
Written September 23, 2020
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Saint Paul, MN1,393 contributions
Feb 2021
Amazing experience. Strenuous hike not just physically but mentally. The chain section requires quite a bit of nerve. I arrived at 650am, 20 minutes before sunrise on a weekday in late February and took one of the last 2 parking spots at the trailhead although there were still a number of spots at the Grotto lot. Starting early is definitely the way to go to avoid the crowds. I made the 2 miles to Scout’s Landing in an hour. The next 0.5 mile to the Top of Angel’s Landing along the chain section took an additional hour and is very strenuous. Views from Scout’s Landing were amazing and just kept getting better as you make your way to the top. If you are into photography like me, there is a dilemma as it’s nice to avoid the crowds beginning the hike early but the best lighting for photos doesn’t occur until after 10 or 11am. My solution was to get up there at 9a and hang out for a couple hours. Not a bad place to hang out although a bit cold in February and I then had to contend with a lot more people coming up along the chains as I descended but it was manageable with some patience. Make sure you are wearing good hiking shoes and bring gloves if doing this during colder months as the chain can be quite cold on the hands.
Written March 7, 2021
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