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Hiking Angel's Landing (Zion Nat'l Park)

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

If you’re an avid hiker, or National Park enthusiast from the United States, you are probably familiar with the Angel’s Landing hike. Angel’s Landing is one of, if not the most popular hike in Zion National Park in Utah. This 5.4-mile hike requires stamina, minimal fear of heights, and determination. If you have heard of Angel’s Landing, I’m sure you’re familiar that it is considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the National Park System, but as long as you are patient, and mindful of your actions and those around you, the hike will be fine!

This is a hike that has been on my hiking bucket list for a while now, and after accomplishing it recently, I can definitely say it is one of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done so far. Despite the challenge, I absolutely recommend this hike, as the experience was thrilling, and the 365-degree views were astonishing. In this post, I’m going to walk you through my experience hiking Angel’s Landing to hopefully encourage, and or prepare you to do it yourself!

To Get to Angel’s Landing:

To access Angel’s Landing you need to take the Zion shuttle system. We got to Zion mid day during a week day, and unfortunately, the park was already full. We had to park about 1.5 miles outside of the park, and take the Springdale Shuttle to the visitor’s center. From the visitor’s center, we crossed over the bridge to the Zion shuttle, and took the shuttle to stop number 6. Once you reach the destination, get off the shuttle, and cross the street to the West Rim Trail, where you will be faced with a series of switchbacks pretty much off the bat.

Once at the Trailhead:

Angel’s Landing is a strenuous 5.4-mile out and back trail. The first 2-miles or so of the trail take you on a series of steep switchbacks, which in my opinion were the hardest part of the hike due to the quick and steep elevation increase. Most of these switchbacks are directly in the sun, but towards the end they start to become shaded, which certainly made the experience easier. After conquering the long, steep sets of switchbacks, we came out to a pretty open area that had two different paths- Angel’s Landing to the right or continue onto the West Rim Trail to the left, as well as a bathroom. This is when it gets interesting –