Angels Landing Trail - Utah | AllTrails

Angels Landing Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from February until October.

Length4.4 miElevation gain1,604 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsPartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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PASSES ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE TO SECURE YOUR PASS: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/fees.htm Zion National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. The Angels Landing Trail is a strenuous route in Zion National Park with steep drop-offs and very narrow sections. The technical route and incredible views of Zion Canyon make this hike the most popular in Zion. Start by parking at The Grotto Trailhead or taking the West Rim Shuttle to The Grotto shuttle stop. Begin by crossing a bridge over the Virgin River. The first 2-miles of the West Rim Trail are a well-maintained paved trail. Most of the path is sunny, but Refrigerator Canyon offers shade and often a cool breeze. Eventually, you’ll come to Walter's Wiggles, a set of 21 switchbacks that take their name from Walter Ruesch, Zion National Park’s first superintendent. The last half-mile (0.8 km) follows a steep and narrow ridge from Scout Lookout to Angels Landing itself, a fantastic observation point 1500 feet above Zion Canyon. Anchored support chains are attached along some sections of the sheer cliff to assist your way up and down the carved steps. You are rewarded with an excellent view of the main canyon at the top. Avoid standing near the edge at all times and do not hike the trail when it is wet, storming, or high winds are present. If you are afraid of heights, this trail is not recommended. Give yourself plenty of time to hike this trail before dark if starting late in the day. Although this is a popular hike all year round, summer afternoons can get extremely hot so it is recommended to visit in the spring and fall. The parking lot here fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early. The road to the trail is also closed periodically to limit the number of visitors.

In 1997 the shuttle system was established to eliminate traffic and parking problems & protect vegetation. If you arrive early enough there is parking near the entrance to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive on both sides of the bridge. Updated seasonal shuttle information can be found at the links below: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/shuttle-system.htm http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767-1099 Visitor Information 1-435-772-3256

If you are not afraid of heights, this trail is rather simple in summer, and even winter is somewhat mild in Zion. In early February the temperature can reach 60F in late afternoon. The snow should be melted rather quickly. Hiking boots are a must and additional traction is recommended. There are very few people hiking up in winter. The feeling of having the place all to yourself is the main reason to try this in the winter. Even if you are not afraid of heights, be prepared and act with caution. Hike up will take 1.5-2 hours. Coming down is another 1 hour. There is no water along the road so you will need to bring your own.

Head for Zion National Park in Southern Utah. In high season, take the shuttle from the visitors center and get off near the lodge at the Grotto Trailhead; off season you can drive to the parking area. Updated seasonal shuttle information can be found at the links below: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/shuttle-system.htm http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/hours.htm

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 14, 2021
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Hey guys! I have an extra shuttle ticket available tomorrow morning at 7am 5/14. Selling for cheap. If youre interested text me at 7155747915

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 14, 2021
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Unbelievable. It’s so good. It was hot for May (95 degrees). This trail is intense and not for the novice hiker. But if you aren’t a novice it might be the best trail you’ll ever hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 14, 2021
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Hiked yesterday afternoon, wasn’t as crowded as I expected. Go at your own pace & you won’t really feel the difficulty that others mention. Absolutely worth the hike because the views are *chef’s kiss.* P.S stop reselling the shuttle tickets for more than they’re worth.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021

Beautiful and well worth it. Though I was going at a fast pace, it took me about 3 hours!! Absolutely worth it

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I have a very crippling fear of heights and I made it to the end with the help of my supportive boyfriend, but the top part with the chains is really terrifying, so I don’t recommend unless you have someone you really trust to help and guide you. I had an anxiety attack on the way up, but I would say I have a more severe fear of heights than what’s normal. The switchbacks leading up are a great workout though! beautiful views at the top.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021
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Amazing views at the top, however it was crowded sith many people Factiming and calling friends/family on speaker which took away some of the magic of it for me. Steep at parts and the part with the chains is a bit scary but do-able.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021
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Awesome trail! Hardest part for me was the incline and having the sun beat down on the way to the chains portion. The chains portion was hard in a technical way, but not as difficult cardio wise. It is a difficult hike (depending who you ask) but the view is so worth it. Trail gets heavy traffic for obvious reasons.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021
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Beautiful trail- absolutely worth it, but it gets very crowded as the day goes on. Still one of the best trails I’ve ever hiked. People selling tickets on here are scum- do not support the cockroaches.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2021
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My wife and I are 60 and in decent shape. We caught the 6am canyon bus to Grotto (which is the Angels Landing stop). The trail is all paved (1.4 miles) until you get to the chains. Even though it is paved, it is very steep with over 30 switchbacks. There are bathrooms before the chains. The segment with the chains is another .8 miles and even steeper. We never looked down while on the chains and we always kept 3 points of contact. Even at the very early morning it was pretty crowded, but very enjoyable. Very nice people during the entire hike up and down. This was a difficult hike for us with the inclines and chains. You really should go early, have good hiking shoes and be mentally prepared for a challenge.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 12, 2021

Awesome!

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Did angels landing on 5/11 and it was beautiful. Rangers are now checking IDs against tickets and specifically stated that tickets cannot be transferred or bought online EXCEPT from recreation.com. They are aware of tickets being sold on this site and said that buying tickets from this website will not be accepted to get on the shuttle.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 12, 2021

By far the craziest, scariest, hottest hike of my life but TOTALLY worth it!!

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Too hot, too crowded.

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I've done this hike twice before and will be doing it again at the end of the month. It's one of my favorites! Well worth it. Definitely pack water and be patient with others on the hike. Just wanted to provide some additional relevant info. For those unable to get on the official park shuttle (the tickets are not transferable and people said they're checking ID's now), you can still access the hike through renting an e-bike, regular bike, or a variety of other privately run shuttles that are running around $35-$40 per person.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 12, 2021
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Don’t buy tickets on here, they are checking IDs now. You will just be losing money for a useless QR code

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 12, 2021
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Just tremendous views on both sides of the canyon on the way up and down. An honest assessment of this trail: - It is paved almost the entire way until the chain section - The second set of switchbacks is shorter but steeper than the first - The chain section can be daunting at first; just remember it’s not a race and you can go as slow as you need to ensure your footing - If you go at a busy time, you will get stuck in serious bottlenecks with VERY limited space to move aside (we avoided these times) - The chain section could give you the willies if you’re not good with heights or unsure of your athletic ability - The most precarious parts of the chain section is 1) sand on top of rock 2) a big slippery root that looks solid but isn’t in a big step-up area - If you are on the chain section and it looks like weather could roll in, bail. I would not want to be on those rocks when wet, nor holding on to wet chains - The chipmunks at the summit are crazy aggressive and will crawl right up to you to get your food - The views from the summit are otherworldly If you’re in shape and there’s limited traffic on the trail, you can get to Scout’s Lookout in 45-60 minutes and the summit in 75-90 minutes.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 12, 2021

It was absolutely amazing, the chains are the real deal it’s sketchy but totally doable for most people, views are totally unreal 10/10

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 12, 2021
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The trail is paved the entire course, from the Grotto trailhead, to the Angel landing. The Angel portion was a disaster. People stuck midway on the steel chain, up the side of the final ascent. Hikers trying to ascend and descend on the dangerous slope at the same time. I went half way up and turned around. Not worth the risk. Views throughout the hike breathtaking. Lots of underprepared hikers, so constantly asking to pass. Biking in is the best logistics- so easy and gorgeous ride.

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My favorite hike I’ve ever been on! (so far)

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Amazing!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 11, 2021

Absolutely amazing. Killer workout on the way up, but once we hit the chains it slowed down due to all the people, single file line to the top, and same on the way down. Incredible views pretty much the whole time and definitely worth the hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 11, 2021

“The best views come after the hardest climbs.” That’s definitely true for this hike. If you’re afraid of heights this hike is going to challenge that. The areas at the top with the chains is more like rock climbing than hiking.

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Never disappoints

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trail was amazing. be prepared for long lines to get to it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 11, 2021
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FYI: Rangers are really cracking down on name on shuttle tickets matching id. Was told it was to try to discourage tickets scalping which unfortunately is happening all the time.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 11, 2021

Worth it.

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words can't describe this hike. most outstanding views I've ever seen! Not for the feint of heart though!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 10, 2021
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Wow. Wow. Wow. Definitely a climb and hiking poles were well worth it but insane views! The final part to get to the tippy top of angels landing was a little dicey in spots but just take it slow! Overall took us about 4 hours. Lots of people so start early!

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