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They don't build them like they used to! Built in the mid-1920's, Angels Landing is a stunning hike. The trail takes an improbable route up over 1200 feet to the summit. En route, it passes Scout Lookout, which has amazing views, and makes a good stopping point for those with a fear of heights.
The short hike from Scouts Lookout to the top of Angels Landing is breathtaking. This final section of trail has sheer drops on both sides. The passage is made easier by chains have been installed to use as a handline. This last section is not suitable for young children or those at all afraid of heights. Certainly a trail with such exposure would not likely be built in today's society.
Someone once commented that Angels Landing is the best short hike in the world. That is a good description! It is certainly the top non-technical hike in Zion for big views.
The trailhead is the Grotto Shuttle stop in the main Zion canyon. During summer months, the Zion shuttle is the only way to access the trailhead.
From the trailhead cross the bridge over the Virgin River, and turn right toward the signed Scout Lookout/Angels Landing. The trail begins climbing and makes a few switchbacks before entering Refrigerator Canyon. The cool shade of Refrigerator Canyon is a great respite from the heat in the summer.
A few minute up Refrigerator Canyon, the trail begins climbing again up the right side, soon entering Walter's Wiggles. The Wiggles are a unique section of 21 switchbacks. Zig-Zag up them, reaching Scout Lookout. There is a toilet available at Scout Lookout, but no water.
This is a great turn around for those afraid of heights.
The final 1/2 mile to Angels Landing follows the narrow ridge. Chains and steps are installed in the most exposed sections. Still, be cautious as a few fatalities have occurred from falls on the Angels Landing trail. It is nearly 1500' to the ground.
The view from Angels Landings is impressive. To the north, you can see up Zion Canyon to the Temple of Sinawava. To the south, you can see the Great White Throne, and directly east you can make out the trail to Echo Canyon/Observation Point as it climbs out of the canyon. Cable Mountain is to the right of Echo Canyon, and Observation point to the left (north).
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