ANGELS LANDING

The most famous & exciting hike in Zion, Angels Landing offers 360 degree views from the top. The last half mile is along a narrow knife-edge with sheer 800+ ft drop-offs on both sides. Most of this section has chains bolted into the rock face to use as a handrail. NOT FOR PEOPLE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS!! Although not everyone makes it to the top, it's amazing how many people make the intimidating scramble to the peak.

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Track Statistics -

Distance - 4.4 mi
Elevation Gain - 1488 ft
Difficulty - Strenous
Hiking Time - 3 hrs

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Zion Canyon

View of Zion Canyon from Knife-edge

Angles Landing Hike

Angel's Landing

Angels Landing Elevation Profile

Finding the Trailhead -
It is located at the Grotto stop on the Zion Shuttle System.

Overview -
This paved trail starts by crossing the Virgin River & turning right. Here, the towering monolith can be seen ahead. The trail climbs steeply with a few switchbacks until the elevated refrigerator canyon is reached. Here, the trail levels as hikers are refreshed in the shade of the canyon walls & often a cool breeze. As the trail reaches the end of the canyon, it starts the strenuous climb up 21 switchbacks known as Walter's Wiggles. After Walter's Wiggles a sandy saddle known as Scout Lookout is just ahead. This is the end of the trail for those afraid of heights. Continuing south, the trail climbs a spine of a knife-edge ridge to the top. Scrambling up & down with the help of heavy chains bolted into the rock, the last 1/2 mile is very exposed with sheer drop-offs on both sides to the canyon floor. Once at the top, enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the park.

Trail Fun Facts - Angels Landing rises 1,208 ft above the Virgin River with its peak elevation at 5,790 ft.

Warning - The last 1/2 mile on the knife-edge with the chains is dangerous. Take this part of the hike very serious. Be mindful of every step & of the people around. Because of its popularity, this hike can be crowded with novice hikers who might be out of their comfort zone. Over the decades, a handful of hikers have fallen to their death.
Angel

Knife-edge near Top of Angels Landing

Angle

Looking down at Big Bend in the Virgin River

Angels Landing Hike

Almost to Refrigerator Canyon

Walter

Walter's Wiggles