High and Exposed. Is Angels Landing Zion National Park's easiest rock climb, or its most thrilling hike? Legend has it Angels Landing received it's name when Frederick Fisher, exploring Zion with friends in 1916, exclaimed, "Only an angel could land on it!" Ten years later, Thomas Chalmers Vint and Walter Ruesch, both Park Service employees, planned and led construction of the Angels Landing Trail as an extension of the existing West Rim Trail. An impressive feat of trail-building, the trail was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1987.Angels Landing is one of the most exciting, intimidating, and famous trails in the National Park Service. In many places, steps were hewn out of the rock and thick chain installed along the knife-edge ridge to provide security for the non-mountaineer. Many find the final ridge too much, and wait at the "Widow's Tree" for their companions to return from the summit. Those who continue to the top will enjoy amazing views of Zion Canyon, from a lofty perch.
Just keep going... UP!
Spring - A great time to hike Angels Landing. Zion National Park CAN have snow/ice storms in March and April, but any snow typically melts within a day or so.
Summer - Can be quite HOT! Bring plenty of water and try to leave early in the day, when the air is cool and you have the trail to yourself. Crowds of hikers often develop between 9 AM and 5 PM.
Fall - Like most places in Zion, autumn might be the best time to hike Angels Landing. Lucky hikers can find colorful maples in Refrigerator Canyon, and yellow cottonwoods lining the Virgin River corridor below.
Winter - Ice and snowpack can accumulate on the trail, especially after storms roll through. Yaktrax or some sort of extra shoe traction may be helpful. Travel along the chains in not recommended when ice and snow is present.
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Angels Landing and Environs
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Angels Landing, Zion, 3/21/07 - Tom takes a quick run up Angels Landing.Angels Landing, Zion, February 2008 - Tom and Brandt Hart ascend Angels Landing in alpine condition.
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