What to expect from hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

This video by Zach Friedbauer gives an excellent look into what it takes to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Angels Landing is on the top of my to do list – it just looks incredible. Not only the views but with all the surrounding wildlife.

The trail to Angels Landing is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) long. It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park’s shuttle system. It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. As the trail gets steeper and leaves behind the river, it becomes paved. After a series of steep switchbacks, the trail goes through the area between Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon that is a gradual ascent. Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 steep switchbacks, are the last hurdle before Scout Lookout. Scout Lookout is generally the turnaround point for those who are unwilling to make the final summit push to the top of Angels Landing. The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and littered with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,790 feet (1,760 m). Filmed and Edited by: Zach Friedbauer. Starring: Shane Stutzman. Filmed on a Canon DSLR.

Have you hiked this trail? What was your experience like?

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