It’s the most popular hike in Zion National Park. It may also the scariest hike in the world. Angels Landing Trail in Utah reportedly got its name when a group of hikers in 1916 looked up from Zion Canyon at the giant fin-like mountain formation and said, “Only an angel could land on that.”
The 5-mile round trip hike is difficult but fairly manageable for the first 4.5 miles, which includes a series of 21 steep switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles. It’s that last 1/2 mile when hikers have to creep along a sandstone spine with 1000-foot drop-offs on either side.