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Angel's LandingSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2012
tibber
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,812 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.33 mph
1,812 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
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After a somewhat restless nite at the Watchman Campground, it was off to our first day of hiking in Zion... and not just any hike, it was the infamous Angels Landing that I had seen so many pictures of. Yes, it certainly lived up to its reputation but what was most incredible is the trail up to Scouts Overlook. I couldn't get over how nice it was especially as I hiked up the really steep parts. This trail could sure spoil a person, at least to the Lookout when it then became a matter of scrambling the last 500 feet.

The views on the way were really something. It was nice to view Virgin Creek from time to time and then of course, look up at what was unbelievably your destination. It was also nice to hike in the shade for this part of the UP :sweat: . We started out as a group but pretty much were split all over the place by the time everything was said and done.

Twice I thot we were at the "done" point but twice you kept moving. The depth of field never bothered me and I love the scrambling. By the time I finally made it to the top, I was glad though as that's a lot of hard work coming up that last 500 : rambo : . As I made my way across the plateau, Clyde had managed to climb atop the hoodoo. It was a really cool shot. We made our way to the ending point where the Great White Throne loomed in front of you. This was my second throne in a month (Wotan's being the other).

The views from here certainly ARE worth the effort as everyone kept telling me on the way up. You can see south down the canyon and west up the canyon. Each canyon has wonderful tall and colorful mountains rising above you as well. We had a snack here that a chipmunk was very much interested in us sharing. He was an active little fellow though a little on the chunky side :lol: .

We headed down after a short while. The crowds didn't seem quite so bad although I did run into one large group plus I got stuck behind someone that insisted on stopping for everyone. I mean it's narrow up there but not THAT narrow. I eventually got separated from Clyde but did run into Toni. I picked her up, we looked for Clyde but to no avail. Come to find out I had passed him a little further back where he had stopped and hooked up with Michelle.

Anyway, we hiked for a little bit together before Toni took off and I was alone once again. That's no big deal because then I can take my photos and movies at my pace. Clyde would catch me and we hiked together for a bit before he took off. The 3 of us would eventually meet up at Zion Lodge where Clyde bot us a beer and we ate our lunch. He took off back to camp while Toni and I decided to hike Emerald Pools.

All in all, the hike was even better than I thot. It did get a little warm at the end and suprisingly there were all sorts of people still going up. I think going in the morning is much more pleasant.

Here are two videos:

Fauna
Fauna
Cliff Chipmunk
Geology
Geology
Tafoni
Culture
Culture
Throwing a Wendy
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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