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Zion West Rim with Angels Landing, UT
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Zion West Rim with Angels Landing, UT 
Zion West Rim with Angels Landing, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2013
John9L
Hiking13.30 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles
4,200 ft AEG
 
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Rachel and I went up to Zion for the weekend and hit the trails hard! We started on Friday morning with no set itinerary. While on the bus we decided to start with one of the park's premier hikes Angels Landing. This will be my second summit. My first one was done with Hernia back in Oct 2011. It wasn't very fun and I had surgery soon after. Anyway this time was a lot more fun! The climb to the summit is a joy. I rarely used the chains and was able to avoid a lot of the casual hikers who were taking their time being extra careful. Most people were happy to let me pass as they caught their breath. We reached the summit and had a snack and discussed our options.

Decided on the West Rim Trail which starts right at Scouts Landing. We started the hike up and headed deeper into the park. The going is along a very well kept trail. In fact it's pretty much paved most of the way. You steadily gain elevation and the grade steepens as you hit some switchbacks that wind up to the rim. Both of us were short of breath on this. I checked and the elevation was right around 5,500. After more work we reached the rim where things leveled off. We made our way over to the spring and enjoyed a long lunch at an overlook and watched the Swallows whip by with a mixture of Ravens, Vultures and a Red Tail.

After our lunch we cruised back down to the valley floor. Along the way we had a nice conversation with a guy from southern Az. We would cross paths again the next day. Anyway we arrived back at the valley floor and followed the Virgin River south to the Zion Lodge. While there we relaxed and ate some food and consumed some much needed caffeine. Afterward we made a casual stroll over to the Emerald Pools. The pools are very soothing and beautiful. There were a pair rappelling down the Upper Pool but we didn't stick around to watch. We returned to the lodge and picked up the bus and headed for the Parus Trail.
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