Angle’s Landing

Our first full day in Zion we get an early start on one of the parks most iconic hikes. Angel’s landing, climbing up dozens of switchbacks to walk over a narrow ridge with cliffs on both side hanging on to an anchored chain for dear life. A challenging hike, but the view of the valley as the sun came up was completely worth it.

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Up so early the moon is still out

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Angle’s … Angel’s landing, our goal

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Morning starts seeping into Zion valley

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Zion valley

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The trail taken so far, only a third of the way up

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The elusive Justin, camouflaged in its native environment

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Little tiny arches

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Up the wiggles

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Most of Zion still hasn’t seen the dawn

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To Scout Lookout

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Cliffs on both sides

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Time for the Chain

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Follow the Chain

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The trail is getting a little bit more difficult

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Still a lot farther to go

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Jonathan and Angel’s Landing

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Zion still waking up

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Cliffs to the left, cliffs to the right

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Geocache? Three digit lock shouldn’t take more than an hour to crack

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Keep going up and don’t look down

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Seriously, don’t look down

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The Chain is life

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Almost above the valley

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Keep climbing

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As we reach the end of the trail, the beginning starts getting sun

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The top and Angel’s landing

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A beautiful view on both sides

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Following the Cairns

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Hello Zion

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Looks like a new friend

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More people making their way up

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Justin with the valley

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An oasis in the desert

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A quick pic

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Last look before heading down

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Ready to descend

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The trail down

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Where is the elevator?

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The chain is slowly cutting through the mountain

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Without the chain the trail just blends in

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Heading back through Refrigerator Valley

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The bus stop is still miles away

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Walters Wiggle

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A local lizard

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Angel’s Landing seen the the banks of the Virgin River

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Spending the rest of the day at the pool with a view

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