Angels Landing is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) hiking trails in all of Utah and YET, I have never done it before! Can you believe that? Me neither.
So, it was at the top of my priority list while visiting Southern Utah. I’d heard a lot of hype surrounding this trail before I began my own accent. Internet articles and Instagram Adventurist alike boasted of it’s difficulty and sheer trail side cliffs–but, let me tell you… You shouldn’t be worried. This is totally a trail you can do. Just go into this hike knowing that there are high cliffs, spots where the gravel is lose and bolted chains are in place for protection.
Angels Landing was named by early Zion explorer, Fredrick Fisher, who when viewing the high point exclaimed, “Only an Angel could land upon it!” The trail is 2.4 miles one way and 4.8 miles around trip with a total of 1400 feet of vertical gain.
The first mile or so consist of 21 moderate switchbacks. You will then reach the vertical spine that leads slowly upward toward the pinnacle, Angel’s Landing. At no point was I ever worried about the edge. There is plenty of clearance at all points on the trail. We began our hike at 10am in March and it was already HOT so take plenty of water and wear shoes that have great tread.