It’s About the Journey

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So on my birthday, I wanted to hike Zion’s Angels Landing, and what a hike it was! This is the look back view towards Scout Landing before my climb to the top of Angels Landing. I’d say this point is about a third of the way to the top. This view reminds me that I actually “walked” all the way up here from the river below – quite a feeling!

The last half mile was one thrilling hike – best short hike I’ve ever done. This trail truly lives up to its reputation as one of the best short hikes in the world. It’s easy to see why this is one of Zion’s signature hikes. The view to and from the summit were spectacular – almost mythical. The best part of the hike for me was the journey there and back. Occasionally, I paused, looked around and took it all in. At times my jaw dropped. This was one remarkable hike to be remembered.

Normally, I don’t take my camera out during the middle of the day, but in this case, I had to make an exception. It’s not one of my better shots, but I just want to share the view from up there. Needless to say, the lighting was difficult to get a good exposure. The view from the summit was also spectacular (which I plan on posting tomorrow), but I don’t think any picture I shoot up there can do the place justice.

To say that Angels Landing is an unsafe hike is an understatement. According to the US national park service, at least five people had fallen to their death while hiking this trail. The day before my hike, it snowed for most of the day. Ice and snow made the last half mile more difficult for me than it already was. The last icy section before the summit was quite dicey to get over.

Those who love to hike, in good physical shape, not afraid of falling 1500 feet straight down to an instant death should do this hike at least once! Having done it, I think without snow and ice, this trail is very doable for those who are not afraid of heights. The “climb” up to Scout Landing is a walk in the park comparing to the last half mile to Angel’s Landing. I wouldn’t recommend any casual hiker to summit when the are snow and ice on the trail – no trail is worth a person’s life.

Here are some interesting links that I found about this hike (links opened in new window/tab):

http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-angels-landing-trail.htm
http://www.my-photo-blog.com/angels-landing-trail-zion-national-park