The hike to Angel’s Landing is treacherous and exhilarating and reveals the most dramatic views of the Zion canyon. We woke for sunrise and got on one of the first available shuttles so the route was nearly empty for our hike. The trail starts in the valley floor, but gains altitude rapidly by a series of steep cutbacks and a beautiful switchback stair that was built in the 1920s.
From Scout Lookout, the trail is signposted to warn of the regular occurrence of fatalities on the final ascent to Angel’s Landing itself. At times the trail is no wider than a meter, with sheer drops of 1,400 feet on either side. The rock is slick sandstone. It was easily the most thrilling hike I’ve ever undertaken and the staggering views were well worth the risk. I appreciate the experience would be different for those who fear heights, but for anyone who relishes a heightened awareness of mortality, I would eagerly recommend a visit.