|Angels Landing - Lower switchbacks leading up to Refrigerator Canyon|
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|Parachute at Tanner|
After hitting The Grotto, things pretty quickly turn to climbing with two steep sets of switchbacks, which end at Scout Lookout, where the trail runs out onto a narrow knife-edge rocky ridge with - no exaggeration - thousand foot drops on either side and an on-and-off sturdy chain to use as a handhold. I thought I might be nervous on this section, but with the chain and very few other people to contend with at that hour, it went smoothly, if cautiously. Once on the Landing, the views of the canyon are amazing: high enough for a bird's eye view but low enough to appreciate the varied relief of Zion.
It's not the highest run; it's not the longest run; it may be the most crowded run; but it's still one to put on the Zion hit list.
Some photos below, which, unfortunately, reflect my desire to beat the crowds up and down. I also put together a video slideshow. If you like funky Mos Def, check it out, too.
|First light, running from park entrance to the Angels Landing trailhead at The Grotto|
|Along the river toward the first climb (photo: KJB)|
|Leaving safe harbor of Scout Lookout for the knife-edge ridge to the Landing|
|"Step of Faith" leading the narrowest section of trail with 1,000 ft drop-off on either side. Landing in first sun|
|Ridge leading to Angels Landing|
|On top, looking down canyon at the Virgin River|
|Looking up canyon, toward Weeping Rock, Observation Point and Temple of Sinawava|