Length: 5 miles roundtrip
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Description: One of the most famous hikes in all of Zion National Park, this one is not for the squeamish or those easily affected by vertigo. But if you are up to the challenge, it would be a crime to leave the park without experiencing Angels Landing. It is not a technically challenging trail, and neither is it iron man-strenuous; but it is hard. The path, though steep—with approximately 1,488 feet of elevation gain in 2.5 miles—is well-maintained and generally wide and smooth. But there are places, such as the Hogs Back, where the trail is little more than an ascending groove cut into the almost sheer slope of the geological fin.
Lightning is a serious danger here. Do not hike Angles Landing during a thunderstorm.
The trail begins across the river from the Grotto Picnic Area. It travels over pretty level terrain until you hit the switchbacks that take you up to Refrigerator Canyon.
Refrigerator Canyon is always shady and cool, with a comfortable breeze that can enchant hikers in the sweltering heat of daytime.
Walter’s Wiggles is a series of tight switchbacks that take you up out of Refrigerator Canyon and onto the ridge at Scouts Lookout.
From Scouts Lookout, you cross the Saddle and then climb the ridiculously steep and narrow Hogsback, using the chains that are bolted into the stone to keep from sliding over the edge of the cliff.
Angels Landing Summit
Once you've conquered the Hogsback, you are ready to mount the Landing. Hardy trees have made their homes clinging to the steep slopes of the Landing, offering shelter to birds, foraging chipmunks, and exhausted hikers.
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