Angels Landing from Zion Lodge
Afraid of heights? Consider carefully: After ascending a set of steep switchbacks known as Walter's Wiggles, the trail to Angels Landing follows narrow sandstone catwalks and a cable-laced ridge with 1,000-foot dropoffs on either side, making it one of the most notorious hikes within the U.S. national park system, let alone with Zion. Rest assured, though—at hike's end, the 360-degree views of the Virgin River and Zion's domed, terracotta-colored mountains make the exposure entirely worth it.
Pay for your pass at the park entrance just north of Springdale, Utah, then park at the visitor center and catch one of the frequent shuttles. Get off at Zion Lodge and head northeast, or exit the shuttle at the Grotto to shave off 0.7 miles of easy walking. At the Grotto stop, cross the road for the trailhead.
There's no special permit required for this hike, but the trail gets crowded fast; catch an early bus if you can.
This is a strenuous hike with slippery spots and dangerous, steep drop-offs. Children under 12 should be supervised, and children under 8 may have a tough time. That said, steel cables and stairs cut into the stone ensure reliable hand- and foot-holds, and no technical climbing skill is required.
This is an alternate route for Scout Lookout via West Rim Trail.