There has been much already written about the hike up Angels Landing in Zion NP. The hike itself is quite short and simple. The views from the final stretch are absolutely enthralling. The hike puts a person right into the middle of the valley. The shear drops off the side of the trail to valley floor and the chains that increase the safety and comfort level of the hikers are what make the hike somewhat unique. The throngs of people fighting their way up and down the ledges (before the present permit system) did detract somewhat from the experience. Somehow I have found time to do the hike twice!
I am not going to give a detailed account of our hike. Instead I am going to share some photos of our trip interspersed within the photos will be videos of little interviews I did with Siobhan on the way up. The videos are super fun as they capture the raw in the moment feelings of the hike. There was no permit system when we did the hike in 2015 and the trail was very crowded. For the most up to date information always check out the National Park Service website, a good place to start is the webpage Angels Landing Permits & Hiking.
For Siobhan and I the trip to Zion NP was a continuation of our 2015 Colorado River trip, and for Laura and Alex it was the beginning of their trip. On the previous day we had done a 3 hour horse back riding trip through Zion. This was “owed” to Siobhan as on our first trip to Zion NP when we had a similar trip booked it snowed! Siobhan had two things that she wanted to do at Zion, the horse back ride and Angels Landing.
If I did it again on this trip considering since 2 of the 4 of us did not make it all the way to Angels Landing I may have tried to do Observation Point. I do remember Laura being insistent that we do Angles Landing, as it is the go to hike in Zion.
We headed out from the bus stop at 9:55 am.
The initial part of the hike is on well graded trail, much of it is paved due to the extremely high traffic the trail receives.
So there is still a little walk from where the video ended to the summit. It took us about 45 minutes even with all the traffic to make it from Scout Lookout to the summit of Angels Landing.
It did not take as long to get down as up just a bit under 40 minutes but the traffic was horrendous.
It was a quick and easy with the wide trail allowing fo easy passage of the many people traveling up or down.
Total time for the hike was 3 hours 35 minutes. Even with the crowds, it is hard to complain about the day, with the sun shining and blue skies overhead it was an intense hike which made for a wonderful experience to share with my daughter.