Angels Landing Hike

Zion National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • Crossing over the North Fork of the Virgin River.- Angels Landing Hike
  • - Angels Landing Hike
  • The Angels Landing Trail cuts into a canyon wall.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View south to Zion Canyon from the Angels Landing Trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View south to Zion Canyon from the Angels Landing trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View of Refrigerator Canyon along the steep ascent to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View of Refrigerator Canyon along the steep ascent to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View below of Big Bend.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View of The Organ from the Rim Trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Looking up at Cathedral Mountain from the Angels Landing Trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • The narrow trail up to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View north to Observation Point from the Angels Landing Trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Trail up to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Trail up to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Narrow trail up to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View north to Observation Point from the Angels Landing Trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Looking up at Cathedral Mountain from the Angels Landing Trail.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View below to Big Bend and The Organ.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Zion Canyon from Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Zion Canyon from Angels Landing (5,785 ft).- Angels Landing Hike
  • View north looking into The Narrows canyon.- Angels Landing Hike
  • The west wall of Zion Canyon.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Climber on a wall adjacent to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Looking up at the canyon's iron oxide rich Navajo Sandstone.- Angels Landing Hike
  • View of the last leg of Angels Landing. - Angels Landing Hike
  • Narrow path, safety chains and amazing views.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Iconic view of Zion Canyon.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Alternate view from Angels Landing. - Angels Landing Hike
  • The path out to Angels Landing.- Angels Landing Hike
  • Narrow trails are not for the faint of heart. - Angels Landing Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible and exposed views of Zion Canyon.
Cons: 
Crowded. Extremely narrow path. Not for those afraid of heights.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,300 ft (1,311 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,490 ft (454 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Along with The Narrows, this is one of Zion National Park's most iconic hikes. Not only does the 1,490-foot climb to the top of the knife blade fin called Angels Landing provide center stage, 360-views of Zion Canyon, but it will also test any hiker's comfort with heights and raise a few hairs on your neck. This hike isn't for everyone, but it will leave those who do make the entire hike breathless.

In 1916, one of four explorers to the region, Frederick Fisher, is said to have regarded the narrow iron oxide monolith with some trepidation, remarking that "only an angel could land on it." Other names have been proposed over the years, but "Angels Landing" has endured. By 1924, the 21 switchback section of the West Rim Trail known as Walter's Wiggles (named for an engineer) was already under construction, and since then visitors from near and far have made the 5-mile hike their primary priority while visiting Zion.

After Walter's Wiggles, the trail leads to Scout Landing, a flat perch at the intersection of the West Rim Trail and the Angels Landing spur trail. From here the thrill of the adventure begins as you walk on the extremely narrow trail guided only sporadically by a cable hand wire. The drop on your right is 800 feet; the drop on your left is 1,200 feet. To preserve the natural quality of the rock, guard rails have not been installed. Since the park's establishment* in 1919, five fatalities have been recorded from falls off the trail, so caution is absolutely critical. Surprisingly, nearby Emerald Pools Trail has recorded more deaths from falling, totaling seven.

* Although the area was officially named Zion National Park in 1919, it was named Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909 by then president William Taft.

Note: This hike is not appropriate for kids 12 and under or anyone else with unsure footing. However, the 2.1-mile one-way hike up to Scout Lookout is still incredibly rewarding and is suitable for a much broader population of visitors. 

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