- Feb 25, 2012
The best hike in the National Park system according to me is the Angel's Landing Trail in Zion. Two and a half miles of hiking uphill (think Stair Master with fabulous scenery). The first two miles are normal up hill hiking until you get to Walter's Wiggles, 22 zig-zaging turns take you to Scott's Landing, a fairly flat plateau with stunning views and no guard rail. Then the chains start. The last half mile is all up hill with a severe drop off of over 1000 feet if you don't hang onto the chains. The chains have to be experienced to be believed. There is one spot where the trail is less than two feet wide with a straight drop on one side of over 1200 feet and a straight drop on the other side of 1400 feet. Here is a video of the hike. And yes people do die here. Average about one a year. I have hiked the trail too many times to count. On my 62nd birthday week I celebrated by doing Angel's Landing four times and The Narrows three times alternating every other day.