During our trip back to the East Coast, Donald & I wanted to visit at least one of the spectacular Southern Utah Parks. This, IMO, is one the Country’s best areas to visit. Bryce, Canyon Lands, Arches, all great parks.
Believe our favorite in the area is Zion – the park is great with every turn.
What – the Day begins with a great Sunrise? We are retired, for crying out loud!
The park was surprisingly busy for October – we understood this was due to the great weather and a Utah school holiday.
We decided to tackle the infamous West Rim Trail & Angel’s Landing.
It was a great hike – and we were glad we tackled it early – as it gets really crowded. Walter’s Wiggles is an interesting part of the hike. ~21 switchbacks stacked up to get to the top of a hill.
What you find is another marvel of trail building, a famed series of twenty tight switchbacks known as Walter’s Wiggles. The wiggles take their name from Walter Ruesh, Zion National Park’s first superintended, who in 1926 set about constructing a trail to Angel’s Landing. Amazingly, Walter had no engineering experience.
This is Angel’s Landing – we had just left this area and the crowds were starting to arrive – these folks probably started their ascent at 8:00 a.m. We started at 7:00 a.m.
Six people have died here (officially) according to the National Park Service since 2004 due to the steep & narrow nature of the trail.
Some folks unfortunately did not wait to hold onto the chain and fell down the steep rock wall –