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Angel's Landing Hike

Tara and Jeremy crossing a bridge on the Angel's Landing trail.

Angels Landing is an awesome hike that I would recommend to everyone that has a chance to go. The trail is very steep and tiring, but the view at the top is worth it. The last portion of the hike is especially breath-taking with 1000-foot cliffs that drop off from both sides of the trail.

Trip Report: August, 2001

The following pictures are from my trip in August 2001. We went as a young men group.


Angels Landing in Zion National Park at EveryTrail

Angel's Landing in Zion National Park
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

Trip Report: October 21, 2011


Angels Landing at EveryTrail

On October 21, 2011 Tara and I hiked Angels Landing after completing Pine Creek Canyon. We got off the bus at about 5:15 pm.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

Most of the trail is paved.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

The first part of the Angels Landing trail is switchbacks. Some parts of the trail are carved into the rock face.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

At the top of the first series of switchbacks, the trail turns left, crosses a bridge, and enters a shady canyon.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

This part of the trail is mostly flat as it follows a dry river bed.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

The next section of trail is a series of extremely steep switchbacks. We especially liked the drainage culverts in the following picture.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

At the top of the switchbacks, the paved trail ends. This is Scout Lookout.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

The trail splits. To the left is West Rim Spring (on the West Rim Trail), and to the right is Angels Landing. We took the right fork, obviously.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

There are a couple of really smelly outhouses at Scout Lookout.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

You'll soon come to this sign warning you of the dangers ahead:

Angels Landing

  • Strenuous climb
  • Narrow route with cliff exposures
  • Hazardous during thunderstorms, darkness, and ice/snow conditions
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

And as if that weren't enough, they put up another sign warning you to turn back:

Since 2004, __ people have died falling from the cliffs on this route.

The 1.1-mile (1.8-km) round-trip route from Scout Lookout to Angels Landing is a strenuous climb on a narrow ridge over 1,400 feet above the canyon floor. This route is not recommended during high winds, storms, or if snow or ice is present.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

This is where the fun part begins. The trail passes over sandstone slickrock, which cliffs on both sides. Zion National Park has been kind enough to install handrails with chains in the sketchier places.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

Groves in the sandstone where people have walked are evidence that Angels Landing is a popular hike.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

This is my favorite part of the hike. The trail narrows to about 6 feet across as you hike up the ridge.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

As we were nearing the top, it started getting too dark to continue. The only flashlight we had was my phone, and we didn't want to be on the exposed cliffs in the dark, so we turned back less than a quarter mile from the top.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

Even though we weren't all the way to the top, the views were amazing.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park

When we made it back to the trailhead, just past the bridge, we ran into several deer. When I shined my flashlight at them, they just stood there staring at it. It was pretty fun to be only a few feet away from them.

Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park
Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park