One of the best times to visit Zion National Park is in the Winter when the crowds have died down. This February a couple friends and I ambitiously did this hike after we ran the Dog Town Half Marathon in Hurricane, Utah. We were tired but we still wanted to explore the quiet park afterwards. I have done this hike in the Summer and it was SO busy that it was hard to pass people when going up. That’s not fun when there are cliffs on either side of the hiking trail.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view” – Abbey
Take a walk on the wild side, quite literally. This hike is only 5 miles round trip, but be prepared to get your heart racing – if you are afraid of heights.
Here are some of the highlights of the hike:
• Take in amazing views of Zion National Park
• Short hike, 5 miles round-trip
• Hike on slick-rock + use chains for stability
• Gain 1,500 feet of elevation
• About 3-5 hour hike roundtrip
• Conquer one of the most famous hikes in the National Park System + a hike you will never forget
Start early in the morning or later in the afternoon before it gets crowded and before the sun gets hot, especially if you are going in the warmer months. Head up the trail, from the Grotto Trailhead and hike two miles to Scout’s Landing. During this first part of the trail you will be hiking up the side of large cliffs on a paved path. The last hurdle, before you get to Scout’s Landing, is referred to as Walter’s Wiggles and is a set of 21 steep switchbacks.
Once you get to Scout’s Landing, take some photos, look down at double-lined yellow roads below, drink some water + start your journey to the top. The last part of the hike, which is only .5 miles takes some coordination. You will need to use the chains and your hands to balance yourself and climb up steep ledges.
Once you reach the summit there is plenty of room to sit down, hydrate and take in amazing 360 vistas of Zion. Walk to the end and down to the right to get the best photos of the park and to see the carefully stacked cairns.
*This hike is not for everyone. You need to be careful and conscious of your surroundings. One wrong step could take you over the edge.
– Trail shoes
– Sunscreen + hat
– Water – I would suggest a hydration pack so you can keep your hands free