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Angels Landing

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 4.9 (607) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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4.4

Miles

7.0

KM

72%

Runnable

5,707' 1,740 m

High

4,321' 1,317 m

Low

1,390' 424 m

Up

1,390' 424 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

82%

Max Grade (39°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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 the shuttle to the Grotto drop off during these peak months. Check here for shuttle updates: nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/…

Overview

Running 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.

Need to Know

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

Runner Notes

During the last 1/2 mile summit ridge past Scout Lookout, you'll encounter both exposure and lots of people. Leave pacing expectations at the trailhead as you'll be stopping to let others by at narrow sections. Be wary of dangerous ice during non-summer months and do not proceed to the summit if storms are in the area or if the rock is wet. Be ready for wild temperature swings - from scorching sun on the early switchbacks to chilly shade in Refrigerator Canyon. The stimulating summit pitch can be windy.

Description

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. 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.

History & Background

Angels Landing (previously Temple of Aeolus) sits in Zion National Park at the shuttle stop, The Grotto. The trail was first constructed in 1926 with the help of Walter's Ruesch, who the last 21 switchbacks are named after. (Walter's Wiggles). Since 2004, there have been 8 recorded fatalities, and many people decide to turn around at Scout Lookout instead of pursing the next strenuous 0.5 miles to the top.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Smith with improvements by Barrett Langton and 1 other

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  4.9 from 607 votes

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Photos

Zion After Dark.
Jan 15, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Looking down over the trail to Angels Landing.
Dec 19, 2015 near Springdale, UT
There's a reason Angel's Landing is so popular – you just can't beat the view.
Apr 27, 2017 near Springdale, UT
The West Rim Trail never disappoints.
Apr 27, 2017 near Springdale, UT
On the way up
Oct 12, 2017 near Springdale, UT
First set of switch backs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Springdale, UT

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Jan 19, 2020
Veronica Gerhard
Jul 30, 2019
Alex Bridgeforth
3rd person to the top. Amazing and would do it again. Not as bad as folks say it is. 5.8mi — 1h 05m
Jul 17, 2019
Brian Wolski
6.8mi — 2h 32m
Jul 6, 2018
Adrian Mondragon
first shuttle of the day= beat the heat 4.4mi
Jun 19, 2018
Wayne Routten
Trail was in perfect shape. Got out a bit late and it was pretty busy and had to wait to pass people. But it’s to be expected on a late summer afte… 4.9mi
May 21, 2018
Amanda Wright
4.4mi
Mar 24, 2017
William Bozung
Beautiful! That was a calf burner coming up the switchbacks! 4.4mi — 1h 45m 4.4mi — 1h 45m
Dec 10, 2016
Kat Morrow