Ascent of Angels Landing on 2019-03-12

Climber: Rebecca Peterson

Date:Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Angels Landing
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

One of my all-time favorite hikes. There are a bazillion descriptions of this route, so I will only give the basics for those of us who enjoy hiking with knee replacements and arthritis. :)

Knee replacement/arthritis/ibuprofen rating:
Dog friendly? No. This is in Zion National Park.
Kid friendly? There's debate about this one. It's a dangerous hike with precipitous drop-offs near the top. People have died falling on this hike. That being said I have hiked this with my children - but they were teenagers (which sometimes is scarier than anything else). This most recent trip up Angel's Landing was with my 16 YO and her best friend. If you are worried about your kids' sense of self-preservation and logical reasoning, this is not the place to go. If your kids have a healthy respect for heights, care, and are mature enough to not do stupid things on the trail. . . well, I'll leave that one up to your discretion.
Ibuprofen rating (one to five scale): I'd give this one about a 2. There are some steep spots, but the trail is well traversed and in good condition. There are definitely some sketchy parts, but because of the popularity of the trail, it is more likely that the sketchy parts are a result of the people on the trail, and not the trail itself. As of 2022 you will have to get a permit to hike Angel's landing which, in my opinion, is much needed to keep the trail safe and manageable.
Bottom line - would I do it again? Absolutely. This is one of my favorite hikes at Zion national park. But only when it is not crowded, not windy, rainy, or snowy, and when there is enough light to see well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 457 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:standard route
    Trailhead:The Grotto  4290 ft / 1307 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble

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