Zion National Park in Utah is one of my very favorite places, and the hike to the top of Angels Landing is the most popular hike. It starts out with a nice stroll along the river, with a view of Angels Landing in front of you.
But soon the trail starts climbing -
And climbing, up a series of switchbacks.
And then you enter Refrigerator Canyon, refreshingly cool, but still climbing.
At the end of Refrigerator Canyon is a series of 21 short and steep switchbacks known as Walter's Wiggles. This trail was built by the CCC in the 1930s and Walter came up with this idea. I would have preferred an elevator...
But finally you reach Scout Lookout, where you have a choice.
You can continue up to the top of Angels Landing -
Where chains are provided to help haul yourself up the difficult spots.
Or you can continue on the West Rim trail, a lot easier, and still with gorgeous views. I had done both several times in the past, and decided to do the "easy" version, where I could enjoy the flora -
The West Rim trail allows you to look over at the top of Angels Landing -