Zion National Park
360 Degree views of Zion, Huge Cliffs, Desert Trails
5 Miles round trip
GPS clocked at 1669 feet ascent, and 197 feet descent one way
$25 park entrance fee
Pack your own
You will be in full sun for the majority of the hike
Paved or smooth dirt the first 2 miles, cliffs the last half mile to the top
At trailhead and the top of Walters Wiggles
Zion Canyon Visitor Center
Near the Visitor Center
Angels Landing is a really amazing hiking trail. That said it is almost always very busy. Its very iconic for a reason but it has its downsides being so popular. This is a trail that is very enjoyable and one I like to take my time and relax on since there are gorgeous views the entire time. This is not a great hike for young kids or those in bad shape. The majority of it is steep switchbacks and the rest cliff scrambling. It will definitely get your heart pumping. There is a large parking area at the Grotto trailhead. In summer you have to ride a bus to this point.
Just out of the parking lot you will cross a bridge over the Virgin River and then follow the river for a few minutes.
Soon Angels Landing will come into view.
You will soon start to climb, and climb, and climb some more. There are tons of switchbacks. Its really amazing looking down and wondering how they made them.
After the initial switchbacks you get a bit of a rest and there is some shade to cool off in as well in the most pleasant part of the hike.
This part is short lived and you will soon come to more swithbacks
After these you will come to a very iconic part of the trail called walters wiggles. I think you can figure out why. Of course its more switchbacks.
Once at the top of walter’s wiggles this is a great spot to take a rest and there are out houses available. You can see a great view of the cliffs you are about to scale. Its a very pretty rock.
After this point it is only a half mile to the top but its a hard earned half mile. You will be rock scrambling with the aid of chains in lots of spots. If you take your time and don’t do anything dumb there really is nothing to be scared of. Its an incredible hike with incredible views from here. Don’t worry if you slip here its only about 2000 feet to the bottom.
Once on the top it is fairly flat and wide. Find a spot to rest and take in the incredible 360 degree views of Zion.
You must return the same way you came but it is just as beautiful on the way back just make sure to take rests to give your knees a break.
This is probably the busiest hike in Zion but it is still very worth the effort. It isn’t the easiest by any means and probably isn’t for the feint of heart but if you can handle swithbacks and hikes then this is a must do at least once in your life.