Angel’s Landing: An
Advanced Hike at Zion National Park
Angel’s Landing is the name for a prominent rock formation and also the most renowned hike in Zion National Park. It is definitely a place that is true to its reputation and if you are an avid hiker looking for adventure and great views of the park, this trail is not to be missed.
Not only is this a very popular hiking trail, but it’s also filled with a topography of narrow sections and steep drop-offs. It provides some of the most stunning views you can have of the Zion Canyon and goes up to 1500 feet above the canyon floor. It is important to note that this hike has a lot of narrow and steep sections, and is not apt for children or people with a fear of heights, only for people who seek an exciting trek yet know how to be safe!
Where to Star Angel’s Landing Hike?
Angel’s Landing is a 5-mile round-trip hike that begins at the Grotto Trailhead, right across from the Grotto picnic area. You can get there through the shuttle system which operates from spring through fall.
What You’ll See at Angels Landing:
The trail starts out relatively flat and level until you enter scenic Refrigerator Canyon named after the cool and breezy walkway created by shade.
Once in the canyon, you’ll walk up a series of switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles that take you out of the canyon onto Scout’s Lookout, a ridge that goes along the Saddle.
This is a known turnaround point and where the difficult stretch begins. After crossing the Saddle, you will encounter Hogsback – an incredibly steep and narrow climb (chains are bolted into the mountain for safety and assistance – you WILL need them).
It is after finishing this treacherous stretch of trail that you are rewarded with the best view of Zions – Angel’s Landing.
Once there, you can sit under the shade of hardy trees, take pictures, and just relax – you’ve earned it! You’ve just climbed roughly 1,400 feet in elevation in only 2.5 miles.
Precautions for the Angel Landing Hike:
This hike is best for experienced hikers who can handle heights with no problem with vertigo. It’s recommendable that you avoid hiking through the trail during the winter as ice will make the way too dangerous and slick. Also, you might want to avoid summer afternoons (though mornings are mild enough). Hikers are not permitted to hike during lightning storms, so keep a close watch of the weather forecast before making the trek. Here are some additional tips when taking Angel’s Landing hike.
Drinking fountains and restrooms are available at the Grotto, located at the base of the trail. Bring snacks and drinks (you’ll need them), but make sure you can pack them in a backpack as you’ll need your hands free once your get to Hogsback.
People come from all over the world to see Zion National Park. Angel’s Landing is just one of the many reasons why. So dust off your hiking shoes and head out for a few training hikes to prepare for the best trail Zions has to offer. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll quickly see how this spot earned its name.
Read about more hikes in St. George here.