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.
View of Zion Canyon from Knife-edge
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.
Knife-edge near Top of Angels Landing
Looking down at Big Bend in the Virgin River
Almost to Refrigerator Canyon