Angels Landing

 149 votes

4.4 Miles 7.1 Kilometers



1,422' 433 m


-1,422' -433 m


5,733' 1,747 m


4,325' 1,318 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (37°)

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One of the most memorable National Park hikes. Heavenly views await at the end of an exposed ridge.

Jason Smith


No cars allowed in Zion Canyon between March and November. You must use one of the Park's frequent shuttles in order to get into the Canyon. Plan to take this shuttle to the Grotto drop off during these peak months. Check here for shuttle updates.
Hiking Angel's Landing is a rare experience. The route is as efficient as it is improbable - most of the elevation gain happens on a paved trail leading to an exposed ridge. You'll never forget the view.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: Though not traditionally considered a "family-friendly" hike, older kids will either love this hike, or be terrified by it (maybe both...). This hike is not suitable for small children.
Dogs: No Dogs

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Restrooms at Grotto Trail and there is an outhouse at Scout Lookout. Bring water, food, sunsceen and all necessary clothing. The hike is not long, but it's intense full-value. Bring what you need to be safe and comfortable.


From the Grotto shuttle drop-off, look for the signed trail on west side of the road. The trail, somewhat sandy but not hard, crosses the beautiful Virgin River, and bends north to largely follow it. Angel's Landing will be staring right at you. Savor this mellow warmup, because you'll be working hard soon.

As the grade increases, the trail becomes paved leading into the 21 grinding switchbacks called Walter's Wiggle. You'll then transition into the shady depths of Refrigerator Canyon beneath Angel's Landing, then turning back right to enter the final switchbacks to Scout Lookout, where the pavement ends and the real fun begins.

Assess conditions and your comfort with the exposed route ahead. If you are game, continue on the final 1/2 mile to Angel's Landing summit. There are chains anchored by posts as optional assistance when the route is exposed. Grab em if you want. Regardless, you'll feel the rush.

When I did Angel's Landing the weekend before Thanksgiving, 2014, it was a magnificent sunny day, but a chilly wind was blowing big gusts on the top section. it doesn't take much to make you realize how vulnerable you are up there, so be careful.

Exposure eases the last few hundred meters to the summit. Take a seat, stretch, and enjoy the divine view. Proceed back to Grotto trailhead exactly the way you came.


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Keep a look out for short periods of rain during certain parts of the year. Rain will make the trail extremely slick and will deposit sand along the trail after the rain dries.
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A beautiful hike and a lot of exposure, but I wouldn't call it difficult. People who have never hiked before do this in flip flops and have a great time. The "scrambling" is a couple of high steps with chains and handholds, away from the edges. Most of the surface you walk on is smooth flat level rock. Apr 23, 2015

This hike is not for the faint of heart - you are very high up with little support. For those out of shape, this may be more difficult. After climbing two set of steep switchbacks, you'll reach the crest, where you scramble along the spine to the actual landing. There are some fixtures with fences and supports, but those with vertigo or fear of heights may not enjoy this hike. Mar 24, 2017

Easy access to trailhead by shuttle bus. Popular and crowded, but worth it. Can be intimidating at times due to the steep drop off, but ultimately feels safe. Jul 22, 2017

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