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Angel's LandingSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2016
ddgrunning
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.27 mph
1,700 ft AEG
 
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Hit up Zion on the second leg of our trip to Brianhead for some skiing. It was New Year's Eve, and the trail was snow/ice covered on top, so we thought we might avoid crowds. I'm sure it was busier earlier int the week, but there were still a fair number of folks out enjoying one of Zion's most popular trails. The parking area at the Grotto was full, along with the nearby pullouts along the road. We must have been doing something right, as we happened to be in the right place at the right time, when one of the early morning visitors was pulling out of a parking spot. :y:

The crowds thinned out substantially beyond Scout Lookout (including all but 4 of our family group turned around here), where the chain section begins. Also, the clouds were covering the Landing from Scout Lookout on up, so there wasn't much in the way of views. That said, it's still a cool experience to hike in the clouds. We improvised some poor-man's Yak Trax, by putting some 1/4 inch sheet metal screws in the bottom of our shoes. It worked reasonably well to provide some traction in the snowy/icy sections. We took our time and ascended/descended with care. Passed one guy on our way up, who had done the whole thing with Tevas and no socks. And I thought we were a little crazy :scared: .

Notwithstanding the lack of views up top, we enjoyed the trip. On our descent, the cloud level began to rise, and by the time we approached Scout Lookout, you could make out the valley floor below and get a stronger sense of the exposure. Gave me the opportunity to capture some video to post on social media and make my height-averse friends wriggle in their seats a bit.

The colors of the canyon walls below the cloud level were gorgeous, with the wet rock making them very vibrant. By the time we got back to the TH, the cloud level had lifted almost to the top of the landing. I guess we timed our ascent one hour too soon. Oh well. All the reason to come back in the spring for another go-around. That, and my desire to hit up Hidden Canyon and Observation Point as well ....
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