— The last full day in Zion National Park was reserved to hike to Angel’s Landing, arguably the most famous hike in the park. We started early to enjoy the views with fewer people. We were lucky to have a nice day, but when we got to the Scout Lookout point, there were several people enjoying the beautiful weather, while others were getting ready for the last stretch of the hike. We started the last stretch, but I got very concerned at the number of people trying to negotiate the difficult and dangerous stretch. After the first short hill and chains, we stopped and watched dozens of people coming back from Angel’s Landing. We watched them for a while and decided not to continue. I was very concerned that we’d have to negotiate that treacherous track with total strangers. So, we went back and hiked the other way. This shot here was taken on the way back down. This winding trail was even more magnificent coming down. Angel’s Landing is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) long. The steeps switchbacks shown in the photo occur before one gets into what is known as Refrigerator Canyon, then followed by Walter’s Wiggles, which is a series of 21 switchbacks right before reaching Scout Lookout. From that point on, there are chains on the side of the steep rocks to assist hikers make it to the very top of Angel’s Landing. Those are the most dangerous sections where hikers need to negotiate who goes first while holding on to chains on the rock side.
Taken: 10 May, 2016
Focal length: 27mm
Location: 37° 16.2333′ 0″ N 112° 56.9333′ 0″ W