Thanks to the Undiscovered America Podcast, I recently discovered the Unboring Exploring YouTube video series – which are a set of videos designed to encourage people to explore the outdoors. The latest episode of Unboring Exploring is on the Angel’s Landing hike in Zion National Park, and its a real gem.
Angel’s Landing has a reputation as being one of the most-spectacular and also one of the scariest trails in the national park system. People can and do fall from this trail – but that is surprisingly also true for a great many other trails that are not as famously-vertigo-inducing.
Anyhow, if you are unable to make the trip out to Zion, or if like me, you decide that your natural fear of heights recommends taking some of the other amazing trails in the park, then Unboring Exploring’s video is a great way to experience some of what you miss on the Angel’s Landing trail:
As I mentioned, on my own trip to Zion National Park in 2006, I opted for a hike with a slightly wider trail to it than Angel’s Landing. If you do choose to pass up the crowds on the Angel’s Landing Trail, then the Echo Canyon Trail is a great choice. The walk up Echo Canyon provides some nice respite from the heat, and the views of Zion Valley at the top are also spectacular. Here’s my picture from the top, you can see Angel’s Landing in the center of the valley directly behind and to the right of my left elbow. You can also get a good view of the narrow path up to the “top” (the trail continues past this point as the East Rim Trail, but many day-hikers turn back from this point, as I did.)
The view from the overlook at the top of the Echo Canyon trail gives you a chance to gaze back on Angel’s Landing.
As you can see from the video and these pictures, the scenery in Zion National Park will never fail to impress.Share this Parkasaurus post: