A moderate to difficult hike, this climb is well worth the effort. From the top of Angels Landing you look down into the Valley of Zion National Park, watching the river flow by as the clouds pass over head.
Moderate to Difficult with tricky footing
Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall
2 – 4 hours
4.8 miles round trip
Not recommended for children.
If heights make you nervous, be aware that the final portion of this hike includes walking along a cliff edge, though there are chains to grab a hold of.
When you first get off the shuttle, you will cross the road and take the trail towards the Lower Emerald Pool, crossing a small bridge over the river. Take a right turn, following the trail towards Angels Landing. The mountain will now be directly in front of you.
After a short walk at a slow incline, you will come to the base of the mountain. At which time you will start to walk along the side of the mountain, before ascending a series of switchback, up the backside of the mountain.
You will reach a large flat area that looks like the top. Do not get too excited, the exciting part is still to come.
The path will continue straight, towards the front of the mountain. Twisting and turning across the surface of the rock, you will follow the trail, climbing over rocks and along the cliff edge. Please move carefully and slowly, making use of the chains provided.
Continue up the edge of the mountain and you will arrive at Angels Landing. The trail ends at the top of the mountain, take approximately twenty more steps and you will have complete view of the valley bellow.
Take a rest at the top, enjoying the picturesque view. A snack is also highly recommended, along with the necessary water.
When you are descending, be aware to the fact that you will now see the other side of the valley. Perfect picture opportunity!
I tried this hike (about 12 years ago) and have to confess that I wimped out on the last bit up to the landing. Loved Zion though! Great post.
Thanks so much! It is a great hike, no matter how far you get. Just incredible landscape.