ElevationAscent: 1,390' 424 m
Descent: -1,390' -424 m
High: 5,707' 1,740 m
Low: 4,321' 1,317 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 82% (39°)
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“One of the most memorable National Park runs. Heavenly views await at the end of an exposed ridge.”— Jason Smith
As the grade increases, the trail becomes paved leading into the 21 grinding switchbacks. You'll then transition into the shady depths of Refrigerator Canyon beneath Angel's Landing, then turning back right to enter the final compact switchbacks (called Walter's Wiggles) 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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Land Manager: National Park Service - Zion National Park