The day we hiked to Angel’s Landing started with us sleeping in for three extra hours at the Zion River Resort after hiking The Narrows the day before. It didn’t matter that we started our hike at noon in the peak of the 100 degree heat (even though we don't recommend it). Tthe view that awaited us at the top was worth every bead of sweat and more.
The first two miles of the West Rim Trial are uphill, concrete switchbacks. This trail is not as much fun as the actual Angel’s Landing trail, but it does include a few shady stopping points. On the other hand, the sand and rocks of Angel’s Landing trail were cooler than the concrete path.
Climbing Angel’s Landing was less intimidating and more exhilarating than I thought it would be. Metal poles strung with chain marked the path, and every time a hiker was making their way down the trail, we were able to stop and catch our breath. We didn’t use the chains too much and climbed to the top with relative ease. Although it was a bit crowded at the top, we were able to find a quiet spot to sit and marvel at the humbling, panoramic view of Zion National Park.
The hike down seemed more dangerous, we watched our footing, walked with confidence, and didn't slip once. At the end of the long and hot five mile hike, we found a trial down to the Virgin River and cooled off before heading back to the shuttle bus.
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