Favorite Hikes: Angel’s Landing in Zion

I love hiking. I don’t know if I was aware of this before the summer, but I love it. Especially when the end result yields a phenomenal view. Even more so when the climb to the top gets my heart racing from more ways than physical exertion.

That’s why I love Angel’s Landing.

Not only does Angel’s Landing give you one of the best views ever, but the climb up to the top is so stomach-dropping that they have chains there to assist you in the last mile.

I was originally going to make a little stop-motion video.. but the climb was so uneven that I can’t do anything with the footage other than show you guys. In October, I released a little teaser onto Instagram, but now you’re going to see some trail views.

 

A photo posted by Michelle W (@mishfishh13) on

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At first, the hike is just a bunch of inclined trails weaving its way through the gorgeous scenery. This part itself is still a bit strenuous because it’s neverending. There’s even this part called the Devil’s Staircase. Can you guess why they named it that?

Ok, I just looked it up and it’s not called the Devil’s Staircase, it’s actually called Walter’s Wiggles, which is a lot less impressive.

However, despite the innocuous name, this section of the hike contains 21 switchbacks. Basically one of those things where you walk and then turn around to walk the other way, but higher. Dummy’s edition.

Once you’ve conquered those, you reach Scout Lookout. If you’re scared of heights, STOP HERE. I’ve seen many a man forge on only to stop and huddle, trapped, clutching the chains. G0564053
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G0574129G0584131As you can see, once you reach the part with the chains, you’re about a wrong foot placement away from tumbling down the side of the cliff. Don’t let that stop you from looking down, though. That’s the best part!
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IMG_8349G0614287G0614304G0614543G0614555Honestly, going down for me is harder than climbing up. When you’re heading down, you face the terrifying fact that you’re very, very high up in the sky. Climbing down some rocks.

The entire last mile feels like you’re on the ridge of some huge stegosaurus’s spine, which is really cool.

If you’re doing this in the summer, I suggest you get a really early head start for a few reasons. First of all, you’re hiking in the coolest part of the day. Second of all, you avoid all the trail traffic. When we hike, we got up at 4 AM and got onto the trail by 5 AM. Traffic was just starting when we started heading down, but at the same time, it was really frustrating having to stop every few yards to let people through.

Afterwards, you can reward yourself with a swim in the river by the campsite!

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Trail Details

Length: 5 miles
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: strenuous
Elevation gain: 1,500 ft

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  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    I think I just got vertigo just looking at some of those photos – a wrong foot away from a fall indeed. It wouldn’t stop me though because those views are unreal!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, I know! My legs were shaking not only from exertion but from (slight) fear. You should try to make your way down sometime ;)

      • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

        I would so love to – there is no reason we can’t start to explore the US a little more now, whenever money allows that is.

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          When you do get a chance to pop down, make sure you let me know ;)

  • http://www.clemandmarcella.wordpress.com/ Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    As a fellow hiking love, I am in LOVE with these shots!! It looks so amazing, and I can’t get enough of all of the colours :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yay! I didn’t know that you love hiking! Haha, I basically strapped the GoPro to my (very sweaty) chest and let it run. These photos don’t even do Angel’s Landing justice!

  • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

    Personally, I prefer a celebratory banana, but I’ll let you off since damn I want to hike this trail so bad right now!!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha, BANANA. Splitting open that bad boy is wayyy less satisfying that hacking a watermelon apart!

  • http://snowintromso.com/ Van @ Snow in Tromso

    I really like going on a walk in the forest but mountain hiking? I mean I do it all the time in Norway but it’s always SOOOO exhausting! That’s the worst part! But the views are usually pretty nice at least :D

  • http://www.twofeet-oneworld.com/ Jessi @2feet1world

    Wow that looks absolutely incredible! The gorgeous views make hikes like that totally worth it :)