Ascent of Angels Landing on 2018-09-25

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Angels Landing
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my 5th visit to Zion Canyon. I was glad they just opened this hike a couple of days ago. This is probably the most famous hike in the canyon. I am a little confused on the altitude of this peak. Peakbagger has it as 5790’. The guide that the park gives out lists it as 5990’. I didn’t bring my GPS as it hasn’t be working well in the canyon. Either way, it was a great hike. You get off the shuttle at #6, the Grotto. The first two miles is a cement path. It’s steep, especially Walters Wiggles. I would estimate I did 800’ feet of gain, most of it in the Wiggles. At this point, you are at Scout Lookout. A lot of people turn around at this point. Now came the fun part. Most of the last ½ mile is along a narrow ridge, with 1000 foot drop on either side. About 90% of it has a chain system. I’m not sure I would have attempted it without the chain system. I would have been on all fours. The views from the top (and on the way up) are spectacular. The only downside to this hike was there were so many on the trail, that you had to stop and
wait a lot for the trail to be open. But it’s worth the wait. On the way down, from Scout Lookout I went out on the west rim trail for about ½ mile just to see what it looked like.
On the way back out, I stopped at Shuttle Stop #4 and hike up a short distance to a lookout with a great view of the Court of the Patriarchs.
With this hike, I believed I hiked every hike that was open with the exception of the last half of Sand Bench Trail. That trail is a horse trail and not very pleasant.
8:10 am Depart
9:10 am Scout Landing. 5200’
10:15 am Angels Landing Summit.
10:30am Depart.
11:30 am Scout Lookout
11:55 am Depart.
12:45 pm Shuttle Stop 6. 6 miles round trip, 1700’ gain, 4 hours, 35 minutes.
1:00 pm Court of the Patriarchs. 0.3 miles round trip, 100’ gain, 10 minutes.
Total for the day: 6.3 miles, 1800’ gain, 4 hours, 45 minutes.

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