Your Photo Guide to Hiking Angels Landing Zion National Park

Your Photo Guide to Hiking Angels Landing Zion National Park

Six people have died by falling off the side of cliff on this trail since 2004. That’s what the sign warned us before we started this hike. But we were already here, and we couldn’t be stopped.

Angels Landing is one of the most iconic and easily accessible day hikes in Zion, but there’s one thing you have to overcome before conquering this peak: a fear of heights!

Since doing the Half Dome hike in Yosemite, I’ve been scared to do any hikes that have me dangling at high elevations. Lately, I’ve been trying to push myself to conquer my fear of heights. I hate that fears can hold me back from truly experiencing amazing things like the views at the top of Angels Landing.

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This is where things start to get interesting and is not for the faint of heart. A lot of the hikers who were afraid of heights would stop here, because the rest of the way is made of narrow and steeper trails with chains to help you through it, some of which had 1000 foot drop offs on both sides!

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Once you’re at the top you have an amazing view of the valley! We spent nearly an hour up here just taking in the beauty, munching on some snacks, and enjoying the great weather before we headed back down.

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TIPS FOR HIKING ANGELS LANDING ZION NATIONAL PARK

  • Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Parking: You can park at their Visitors Center and take the free shuttle to the Grotto stop. There were about 10 parking spots at Grotto stop, so if the park isn’t too busy, you can drive directly there.
  • The first 25 minutes of the hike are fairly easy then you reach the switchbacks where you start gaining elevation aggressively.
  • There’s a lookout point 1/3 of the way going up the chains. We thought it might have been the top since it levels out, but there’s still more to go! There are, however, great views here too, and many people stopped here before heading back.
  • We spent nearly 5 hours hiking, but I’ve seen that some people have done the entire hike in 2 hours. We took our time with photos, and since I was incredibly scared and my legs were shaky, I also took my time with finding my footing on the portion with chains.
  • Also check out the 15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park.

WHAT WE PACKED

OUR HIKING TIMELINE for ANGEL’S LANDING:

10:50 AM Start Trail (mostly sandy)
11:00 AM Trail turned to paved walkway
11:15 AM Switchbacks start
11:25 AM Trail levels out
11:35 AM More switchbacks and Walter’s Wiggles
11:45 AM Start of chains
12:00 PM Reach the first view point
12:25 PM Continue towards Angels Landing
01:00 PM Top of Angels Landing
01:50 PM Leave Angels Landing
03:35 PM Arrive back at bus stop

What is one of your biggest fears?
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

xoxo estherJacob

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. What month did you go to Zion? I ask as we are going next month and comparing your clothing list.

    1. We’ve visited in late October, November, and April. September will be much warmer.

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