Ascent of Angels Landing on 2009-08-07

Climber: Tom Kiffmeyer

Date:Friday, August 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:Angels Landing
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

A great day hike in Zion National Park--a classic! The most common route is the Angels Landing/Grotto trailhead up "Walter's Wiggles", a series switchbacks that ascends about two miles to "Scouts' Landing." From there it is an exposed scramble--about a half mile--to Angels' Landing. The overlook at the top of the Landing affords fantastic views of Zion Canyon and the Temple of Sinawava. Though rated as difficult, the hike itself is not that physically hard. Still, because that last part is so exposed, if heights make you uneasy, think twice about attempting it. You can complete the hike rather quickly, but if you make it to the end spend some time there--you will have earned the reward!
This is a popular hike. If you want solitude in Zion, go somewhere else. I saw nobody else in Kolob Canyon (NW side) in three days. Maybe I should not tell you that!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1488 ft / 453 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Angels' Landing
    Trailhead:Grotto  4302 ft / 1311 m
    Grade/Class:class 3-4 (last part
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Southern Utah in August--rather toasty!!
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 14 Minutes

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