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The Angels Landing Trail in Utah’s Zion National Park is considered one of the world’s greatest hiking experiences.
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Angels Landing is a dramatic feature in the center of the main canyon at Zion National Park, and is one of the key reasons people visit the park. Hiking Angels Landing is a strenuous and psychologically challenging opportunity for any park visitor. With sheer drop-offs ranging between 1,000 and 1,500 feet on a narrow trail, ascending to the heights of Angels Landing isn’t a hike you’ll ever forget.
The hike to the top of Angels Landing can take from three to six hours to complete. Learn about the five sections of Angels Landing below.
Grotto Trailhead: The starting point for the epic Angels Landing hike, it is the sixth stop on the Zion Shuttle.
Refrigerator Canyon: The first two miles of the hike toward Angels Landing follow switch backs up a paved portion of the trail. The frequently shaded section called Refrigerator Canyon offers a brief break from the sun and a chance to cool off.
Walter’s Wiggles: Your heart, highs and calves will be pumping as you venture up this series of 21 switchbacks. Named for Zion National Park’s first superintendent, Walter Ruesch, this section of the trail was constructed in 1926. Walter’s Wiggles leads to a saddle in the trail called Scout’s Lookout, where you’ll get an broad view of Zion’s main canyon below.
The Spine (Hogsback): The last section of the Angels Landing trail is nothing short of amazing and definitely not for the those who can’t handle heights. Chains and carved steps offer physical and mental support, and security, as you experience this harrowing section.
Zion National Park Angels Landing – Angels Landing Summit:
Once at this point, you’re standing at 5,790 feet elevation with 360-degree views of the main canyon and the Virgin River below as it wraps around this sandstone fin.
TIPS: Make sure you are physically fit, wear good walking shoes, take plenty of water and snacks, and of course bring your camera.
The trail is open year round (weather permitting), and summers can be very hot and winters are very cold. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to hike during summer months. Check hiking and trail conditions at the visitor center.
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