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Hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah

based on 2 reviews



5 miles

Elevation Gain

1630 ft

Route Type



Added by Annelise A

A challenging hike to the most mesmerizing view in Zion National Park.

This is a difficult hike, but the destination is worth it! Take the park shuttle to The Grotto stop—there you will find the trailhead for Angel's Landing. Once you cross the river, take the trail to your right. The hike isn't terribly long, but it is in the desert and fairly steep, so make sure to bring plenty of water. Depending on the time of day you go, the trail will be both shaded and sunny.

Once you pass the switchbacks and follow the turn in the trail towards the south, that's when the trail starts to get narrow. There is one point with a light, sideways scramble to get across to the narrow "bridge" up to the landing. There is a chain in the rock here to help you cross safely. After that, the path is very narrow—at first like a bridge crossing between the two mountains, and then just a narrow rock staircase up to the landing. There is a chain here at some points as well.

Once you reach the top, you realize it was all worth it. The view is incredible and it really seems like an angel could touch down at any moment!

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Hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park Reviews

The hike up to Angels Landing is a fun one. After going up the switchbacks called Walters Wiggles the trail quickly becomes treacherous. This is where the narrow chain section that makes this hike famous begins. Just take you time and enjoy the views.

I had heard how precarious and dangerous Angels Landing was, so it was never something I really wanted to do. But on our trip to Zions, my friends convinced me—and I actually loved it! Yes, there are some narrow parts (and you are very high above the ground...), but there was still plenty of space to hike safely. Honestly, the narrow part wasn't the hard part; it was the switchbacks! Beautiful view at the top, definitely worth it.

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