A Hike Above The Rest
Reviewed By: Patrick on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 09:44:47 PM
I first made the angels landing hike a few years ago, at age 18, with my dad. I now have a great desire to go back with friends and experience it again because it was absolutely stunning. My experience was to start quite early in the morning, about an hour before sunrise, and find yourself at the top shortly after sunrise with beautiful views of the canyon. I wouldn't call myself an avid hiker, but I'm pretty practical, and this is what I recommend:
1. Hike with people of the same skill level; 2. Bring lots of water; 3. Make it a morning hike; 4. Don't bring kids; 5. Camera!
Best hike I've ever done (granted I'm only 22), and absolutely recommend it if you can handle vertical and heights. Enjoy!
Great but with crowds
Reviewed By: Neil on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 05:04:13 PM
Wonderful hike, but crowded... enjoyed it off season and it was still consistent passing back and forth. At the summit the usual tourists are there feeding the very agressive animals, but if you go beyond the true summit there is a nice secluded ledge to sit on where no one bothered us. Just scare away the chipmunks and enjoy the beautiful valley in front of you!
My kids love this hike
Reviewed By: Yelena on Thursday, May 28, 2009 @ 09:59:17 PM
We have taken our kids on this hike in November 2007 when they were 7 and 9 years old. They loved it so much, we had to go again last year and without a doubt will be there this year as well. We thought that the assend to the Landing itself from Scout Lookout looks more much scarier than it really is, several people turned back at this point . Don't!!! THe best part is all up ahead, the view is incredible! The first time we even saw a California Condor posing for pictures on a dead tree, that was quite a treat! Apparently some of the released condors fly through Zion on their way to Grand Canyon nesting grounds. This hike is great any time of the year, however, I don't recommend doing this hike in the middle of the day in July - too hot. If you do though, bring ton of water.
Will do it again
Reviewed By: Mike on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 @ 05:48:06 PM
My grandson and stepdaughter, both 11, and I hiked Angel's Landing on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. It was an amazing experience I can only compare to hiking to the top of Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park when I was much younger. I'm 61.
I consider Zion National Park more beautiful than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and any other national park I've visited. This hike made me realize why I have that impression: Zion is amazing upclose, touching the rocks and examining the flora, and in panorama, from the canyon floor or from the top of trails like Angel's landing. On some of the hikes (Emerald Pools), hikers can imagine standing in the canyons of Manhattan's skyscrapers....only these canyons are nature's amazing handiwork.
As for Angel's Landing, it is the ultimate hike in Zion. I only regret I didn't start earlier in the day to watch the changing light and shadows on the canyon. Hikers at the top can see nearly to both ends of the Zion canyon.
The hike is strenuous but not dangerous for those who are careful. I noted that even taking away the chains would not make the climb impossible. The chains simply cut the climbing time.
My only criticism is that a group of college-age students was at the top, talking and bantering as kids do. It detracted from the awesome spectacle and serene views. It would have been nice to savor the climb and the view in relative quiet.
I didn't once fear that the two 11-year-olds were in danger. The hike starts out easy and grows steeper, and both had a healthy fear of heights by the end....without the paralyzing fear I might have felt at their age.
I carried a small pack with water bottles that we left at Scouts Lookout, a half-mile from the top. I'm glad I did, since it made maneuvering and balancing easier on the steeper part of the trail. The pack was still there when we returned. Hikers by nature seem to be courteous and honest and generous (one shared energy bars with my comrades, thinking we had come unprepared).
I can't wait to go again, even though the walk down is harder on my knees than the hike and climb up.
Reviewed By: Rodney on Saturday, May 24, 2008 @ 09:59:59 PM
Great hike, not for kids. I thought it was easy. Had missed my climbing partners, so I was trying to catch them, took less than a hour from bottom to top, but I was cruzing. A slug should be able to make it in under 2 hours. When I got to the top, there were young kids jumping around. This is not childs play. One slip and there is no tomorrow. The views are world class.
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