In November 2021 I hiked Angels Landing to Scout Lookout. I then went up a very short distance on the Angels Landing chains. Click to read my review of the hike!
My Review on AllTrails app:
For those that lean on the less fit side...
I wear knee braces, have arthritis, and am overweight. I had never done a "strenuous" hike before but figured the worst thing that could happen is I'd turn around. GO DO THIS!
It was incredibly empowering when I got to Scouts Lookout. The views are like none other. It took me 1 hr 35 mins to get to Scouts. I went slow. I took small steps on the inclines. I stopped and took breath and water breaks often. (There is a toilet at the top!) I highly recommend challenging yourself if you're more physically inclined to walk the easy trail. It's a feeling like no other when you get to the top. Pack a lunch and sit at SL and enjoy the views. No need to go up the chains section to Angels Landing if you don't want to!
The walk down was equally stunning. Harder on my knees, easier on my breath. It took me 1 hr 5 mins from SL to the bus stop. I didn't need rest breaks, but stopped a couple times for photos. Short steps down the steep parts.
Aside from the Angels Landing portion, the trail is paved and wide enough for faster hikers to pass/go around. Several people cheered me on and said good morning.
I started the trail just after 10am in early November. Temps were perfect. It is a little busy, but it's wide enough that it doesn't feel cramped (aside from the chains at the top). There were several times on the trail where I didn't see anyone.
Please honor the request to minimize talking (and radios!) through the canyon portion of the hike. There were several private conversations I heard of people I couldn't even see... because of the echo. It takes away from the ability to listen for the wildlife.
Also, look up! I saw condors soaring overhead!
So, go give it a try! Even if you only make it to Scouts Landing. There are no hiking police shaming you up the chains! Bring PLENTY of water and a snack or lunch for the top. (No water station at the top.)
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