I want to thank all the other Trip Advisor members for posting previous reviews. These helped us immensely with planning for this hike/climb including the photos. We hiked this trail on Oct. 2, 2006. We stayed at the Zion Lodge and walked the first 1/2 mile from the Lodge to the Grotto picnic area, crossed the river and began the walk. My advice is to do this hike first thing in the morning. Cooler and fewer people. We began at 8 a.m. Stop and catch your breath and take pictures. We hiked up the first series of switchbacks just fine and got through Refrigerator Canyon just fine. Cool echoes!! Then up Walters Wiggles. Go slow and steady. At Scouts Landing we had some water and gazed up. YIKES!! Near vertical views with chains in places!! We could see a few hikers ahead of us and they were so tiny in the distance. Onward!! There are 2 composting toilets on Scouts Landing. Funny. They were both sort of "recovering" after heavy summer use. We skipped them!! We slowly started up and climbed and scrambled in most places. This last part of the trail (.5 mile) is not a hike, it is rock climbing and scrambling. You must be in decent shape and have good upper body strength to pull yourself up and over the rocks!! We saw people on the trail who frankly had no business being there. It is a scary hike, but very inspiring and the views are incredible. Take your time and watch your footing. There were many places where almost natural steps in the rocks were there and handholds were in the rocks. If you have any fear of heights at all, skip this. At one point the trail flattens out a bit and you are saying to yourself, NO WAY. I am nuts to do this!! We kept going and were amazed at our accomplishment and the views. Have a snack, some water and rest. Going down was not as hard for some reason, but many people who started later on were coming up and we had to all adjust to who was going to grab the chains and scoot by each other. It was also getting sunnier and much warmer. We used the chains in every spot!!! This is a precarious climb, but so rewarding and exciting. The hike down was wonderful. Overall, if you are in good shape you will enjoy this. Save some energy for the return trip down. We have never done a hike/climb like this!! The people who put those chains there are amazing and the toilets at Scouts landing are unreal!! I have trekking poles and these really helped to save energy and stablize yourself. We both also have good hiking boots. No sneakers on this trail. Go, enjoy and be careful. We read that a woman from Las Vegas died on this trail in August. We can see how easy it was to lose your balance or slip. Go slow and be careful.
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