Zion National Park

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Angels Landing, as seen from the Canyon

Zion National National Park, another National Park that is extremely high in my Parks top-10. It had been more than three years since I last visited the park (see here). So, it was about time. Besides that I was around, and I had to pass it anyway on my way back to Las Vegas. I unfortunately had just one day, my flight back to New York would be the next day.

In Zion I had another repeat of a former activity: a hike to Angels Landing one of my favorites. Angels Landing is a narrow stretched majestic rock standing 454 meters (1488 ft) tall. At some points the rock is just a few meters wide, with scaring abysses at both sides.

In order to get to the summit of the Landing one has to hike the Angels Landing Trail, a 3.

The trail to Angels Landing
9-km (2.4-mile) long trail built in 1926. At that time the philosophy of the park service was slightly different from its current policies. That is why it has been dynamited out at several steep parts during the trail, creating a bit of a scar in the canyon walls, but at the same time creating a trail that is a real thrill to hike. The trail's last steep section is on 'Walter's Wiggles' a section of 21 steep and short switchbacks, that take the hiker up on the steep canyon wall.

A great view is the reward, but at the same time not the end of the hike. The real work starts here when the hike continues on the back of the long stretched Angels landing rock.

Views a bit further up on the mountain
Higher and higher. At several parts of the trail steel cables have been attached to the rocks to prevent the visitors from falling down. Despite the cables at least five visitors did not make it, and sadly plunged to their deaths.

I arrived on the far tip of the rock within 2 hours and enjoyed the views to the max. I had lunch right next to the edge. One meter further and I would be down in a few seconds.
After a short detour further and higher on the backside of the Angel I descended and took the Shuttle Bus further into the Zion Canyon for another small flat hike along the Virgin River.

I concluded the visit by driving to another section of the park, the Upper Kolob Plateau. When I visited this section three years ago I had to turn around midway the mountain since the road was covered in meters deep snow. No snow this time but a rapidly setting sun, as well as the urge to leave in time since I still had to drive 250 kilometers (155 miles) back to Vegas. Another goodbye, but I am sure I will be back here some day!

More pictures below!

 

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Angels Landing, as seen from the C…
Angels Landing, as seen from the …
The trail to Angels Landing
The trail to Angels Landing
Views a bit further up on the moun…
Views a bit further up on the mou…
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Angels Landing, as seen from the C…
Angels Landing, as seen from the …
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Angels Landing, as seen from the C…
Angels Landing, as seen from the …
Walking in Zion Canyon
Walking in Zion Canyon
Muddy patterns of the Virgin River…
Muddy patterns of the Virgin Rive…
A dynamited section of the trail t…
A dynamited section of the trail …
Beautiful rock formations along th…
Beautiful rock formations along t…
One of the side canyons giving acc…
One of the side canyons giving ac…
One of the side canyons giving acc…
One of the side canyons giving ac…
Walters Wiggles, 21 switchbacks…
'Walter's Wiggles', 21 switchback…
View from the base of the Landing …
View from the base of the Landing…
Beautiful rock formations along th…
Beautiful rock formations along t…
View into Zion Canyon
View into Zion Canyon
View into Zion Canyon
View into Zion Canyon
View into Zion Canyon
View into Zion Canyon
Beautiful rock formations along th…
Beautiful rock formations along t…
At some places the ridge of Angels…
At some places the ridge of Angel…
Still more to climb!
Still more to climb!
And yes it can be very steep!
And yes it can be very steep!
Views a bit further up on the moun…
Views a bit further up on the mou…
Views a bit further up on the moun…
Views a bit further up on the mou…
A look into Zion Canyon while desc…
A look into Zion Canyon while des…
Back at the bottom of the Canyon a…
Back at the bottom of the Canyon …
Back at the bottom of the Canyon a…
Back at the bottom of the Canyon …
At the end of the Canyon I encount…
At the end of the Canyon I encoun…
View from the end of the canyon
View from the end of the canyon
View from the end of the canyon
View from the end of the canyon
View from the end of the canyon
View from the end of the canyon
The virgin River winding through t…
The virgin River winding through …
The Kolob Plateau Section
The Kolob Plateau Section
The Kolob Plateau Section
The Kolob Plateau Section
My faithful car in the Kolob Plate…
My faithful car in the Kolob Plat…
Sunset in the Kolob Plateau Section
Sunset in the Kolob Plateau Section
Zion National Park
photo by: rsvpme