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Angels Landing: The Scariest Hike in the US

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Date Visited: April 27, 2019

The Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park in Southern Utah is often mentioned as one of the scariest hikes in the United States. In my opinion, it is definitely the scariest hikes I’ve ever done.

Angels Landing trail is about 1,488 feet tall and stands at 5,790 feet high. It is so high that it was said that only angels can land there. The hike is about 4.1 miles out and back – but the really difficult and scary part is the last 0.8 miles. The last part has chains, thin ledge (so thin that only one person can cross it at a time) you have to walk through and steep falls on both sides of the ledge. It definitely got my adrenaline pumping.

The first part of the trail is strenuous, but not difficult or scary. It has a delightful view on the way up and down and with proper breaks and good timing, it’s a very enjoyable hike. The difficult part is the last mile or so. Make sure you take proper precautions, be patient and follow the rules to the top.

Here are some of my suggestions if you’re trying to get do the Angels Landing hike:

  • If you’re doing the hike on a summer, make sure you start the hike as early as possible. It gets extremely hot and Southern Utah heat is unbearable during hikes of such strain.
  • Don’t do the hike at night. You need good visibility to navigate around.
  • Don’t do the hike if it rained or snowed. There are shaded areas of the trail and ledge where it can get and stay icy and slipping on ice means confirmed fall.
  • Bring plenty of water and snack.

Now I might be putting you off a bit with the descriptions, but the hike and the view from the top is so worth it. It can be scary, but if you are careful, it is a really good hike. I will be doing it again for sure.

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