After recommendations from friends, we decided to drive North on highway 15 from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. It is a 264 km drive that took a little over a day since we stopped here and stopped there (aka sleeping at Walmart) on the way.
After speaking with the locals, we decided to do the “strenuous” Angels Landing hike. We payed the $25 park fee, parked, took the shuttle bus and started the hike. The surroundings were on fire! Never have I ever seen such a vibrant red color in mountains.
We zig zagged our way up, unknowing of the incredible prize awaiting at the top.
When we thought we had reached the summit, we discovered we were only at Scout Lookout and that the main part still remained!
Wikipedia describes the last part of the hike: Scout Lookout is generally the turnaround point for those who are unwilling to make the final summit push to the top of Angels Landing. The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and littered with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,790 feet (1,760 m).
It was steep and awesome. With the view becoming increasingly incredible it was hard to focus on where to put you feet, but we kept our cool until we reached the top!!
Time to scale our way down in search of safer grounds for lunch.
The drive out of the park was just stunning.