Angel's Landing
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  • Statistics:
    • Date Hiked:  May 19, 2001
    • Miles Hiked:  5.00
    • Elevation Gain:  1,488'
    • Hiking Partner(s):  None
  • Description:
    • Although these next two hikes occur on the same day, I have decided to separate them due to the fact that they were definitely two separate hikes.
    • This steep trail climbs the famous Walter's Wiggles past dramatic views at Scout's Lookout, and on to the high point of Angel's Landing with spectacular views up and down Zion Canyon.  Warning!  Steep Cliffs.  Not for anyone fearful of heights.
    • That was the official description of the Angel's Landing hike, and I would have to agree with it.  I had three days of training scheduled in Las Vegas, so I talked Becky into letting me stay the weekend to go hiking.  Friday afternoon, I rented a car in Las Vegas and drove up to St. George, UT, which is about 40 minutes away from Zion National Park.
    • I got to Zion Canyon early Saturday morning and missed the 7:00 shuttle bus by just a few minutes.  I wandered around the visitor center and caught the second bus to the trailhead of Angel's Landing.  Two years ago, the park implemented the shuttle bus system because of the dramatic increase in visitors and vehicles to the park.  Now the only way to enter the park is by the shuttle buses.
    • Anyway, this is the most popular hike in Zion National Park and I made it to the top of Angel's Landing in 1 hour and 10 minutes.  It was a fun hike that was relatively easy until you reached Walter's Wiggles.  This is a series of short and steep switchbacks that climbs up to Scout's Lookout.  From here the trail splits north or south.  The north trail leads to the backcountry of Zion and the south to a narrow ridge and the top of Angel's Landing.  
    • From Scout's Lookout to the south, there were several chains installed in order to assist with climbing.  I am certain that without the chains, much fewer people would attempt the ridge and it would probably be a class 3 scramble.  After making it to the top, I spent over an hour taking in the scenery and enjoying southwestern Utah.  After descending, it was back on the shuttle to the next trailhead.
  • Maps:
    • Here is the park map of the area I hiked in.  To the north the canyon ends and is only wide enough for the Virgin River, which is where the "Narrows" hike begins.  To the south is the park entrance.
    • Click here to view a 2D map of the area where this hike is located.
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